Tag Archives: Blood Organ and Tissue Donation

No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens)

Summary After a near-miss mini-epidemic of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the 1990s, experts caution that: “It is essential that we do not become complacent and continue both surveillance and risk management strategies in both human and animal prion diseases”. … Continue reading

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Heading Footballs Associated With Dementia / CTE ? (BBC News / Acta Neuropathologica / NHS Choices)

Summary Further evidence has emerged concerning a potential association between the practice of heading footballs and a heightened risk of long-term brain damage. This research is based on examination of the brains of small numbers of (mostly) professional footballers who … Continue reading

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Quick Insights Into the UK’s Brain Bank Network (BBC News / MRC)

Summary A brief look at the MRC’s Brain Bank Network. Full Text Link Reference Buchanan, R. (2016). Banking Britain’s brains: the story of a scientific resource. London: BBC Health News, August 1st 2016.

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Minimising CJD and vCJD Transmission Risks in Healthcare and Community Settings (Department of Health)

Summary The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens’ Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (ACDP TSE) Risk Management Subgroup has released updated guidance which aims to minimise the risks of transmission of CJD and vCJD in healthcare and other public settings. Full Text Link … Continue reading

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Risks of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: UK Blood Safety (Department of Health)

Summary This document presents the Government’s response to the Science and Technology Select Committee’s “After the Storm?” report on blood safety. It sets out the government’s commitment to evidence-based and cost effective ways to reduce risks of infection from blood transfusions, … Continue reading

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Potential Transmission of vCJD (BBC News / House of Commons Science and Technology Committee / SaBTO)

Summary The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has asserted that the government has a too casual approach to the human form of mad cow disease. Roughly one in 2,000 people in the UK could be a carrier of … Continue reading

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Blood Donation and Transmission of vCJD: Inquiry Required? (BBC News)

Summary The Commons Science and Technology Committee has called for an independent inquiry to check the safety of donor blood arising from the hidden risk of infection from variant CJD (the human form of “mad cow disease”). A recent study revealed one in 2,000 Britons … Continue reading

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