Latest prions Stories

2009-02-17 22:37:50

A British man was infected with human mad cow disease passed along through contaminated blood plasma, health officials say. It is the first time a case of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, or vCJD, has been linked to plasma, The Times of London reported Tuesday. The Health Protection Agency said the man, who was in his 70s and died recently of other causes, was infected with mad cow disease from a plasma transfusion before blood donation rules were tightened in the 1990s, the report said....

2009-02-06 16:20:00

Scientists at University College London have developed a highly sensitive test that detects whether surgical instruments may be contaminated.

2009-01-30 07:41:52

A blood test has been developed by Canadian researchers that can diagnose fatal chronic wasting disease in elk, and may provide an inexpensive approach to screening for mad cow disease.

2009-01-15 10:37:29

In the rogues' gallery of microscopic infectious agents, the prion is the toughest hombre in town.

2008-12-05 12:41:51

A worldwide group of scientists has created an infectious prion disease in a mouse model, in a step that may help unravel the mystery of this progressive disease that affects the nervous system in humans and animals. The research team, including Christina J. Sigurdson, D.V.M., Ph.D., assistant professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, also discovered that changing the structure of the prion protein by altering just two nucleic acids leads to a fatal...

2008-11-19 17:35:00

The Texas Department of State Health Services said on Wednesday that there has been no human case of mad cow disease in the Texas panhandle area in the past month, despite the rumors in Chicago markets of a woman patient.

2008-09-13 17:30:00

U.S. researchers reported on Friday that a rare genetic mutation may underlie some cases of mad cow disease in cattle and its discovery may help shed light on where the epidemic started.

2008-09-05 15:00:31

Scientists at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) have made a discovery that could lead to the ability to perform accurate diagnostic tests on live animals for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) as opposed to only being able to test them post-mortem, as is the current option.

2008-09-01 09:30:00

The risk of transmitting bovine spongiform encephalopathy, known as mad cow disease, through blood transfusion is surprisingly high, Scottish researchers said.

2008-07-22 15:30:00

Public health officials in Massachusetts are investigating whether a patient in a Cape Cod hospital has the human form of mad cow disease.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
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