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Human Carriers of mad cow disease double previous estimate

Analyzing thousands of tissue samples from surgical procedures carried out around the United Kingdom (UK), researchers have estimated that the number of people carrying variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob prions to be double previous estimates. Reported in the British Medical Journal, the survey is likely the most robust prevalence measure to date across a wide range of age […]

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Surgery linked to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

A Spanish study has found a significant correlation between the risk of certain neurological diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and general surgical procedures. The findings follow on from a separate study that showed that disease causing prions can form when brain tissue is exposed to iron. “Based on the monitoring records of spongiform encephalopathy […]

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