Tag Archives: Department of Neurodegenerative Disease: UCL Institute of Neurology

Potential Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Transmission (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature / MRC)

Summary There may be a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). This hypothesis has arisen as a result of the examination of the brains of eight patients who had … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Mutation of Human Prion Protein May Prevent Prion Diseases? (NHS Choices / BBC News / Nature)

Summary A natural human mutation (called V127) in the gene encoding prion protein may offer resistance to CJD. A study using mice with this genetic mutation appears to confirm resistance to prion diseases. This finding may in future help in … Continue reading

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Estimates of vCJD Carriers in UK Double (BBC News / NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A study of 32,000 human appendix samples from 41 hospitals in the UK indicates that 1 in 2,000 British people may be carrying the abnormal prions associated with variant CJD (the human form of “mad cow” disease). It is … Continue reading

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