Tag Archives: Prion Diseases

Possible Future Treatment of CJD? (BBC News)

Summary University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)’s National Prion Clinic has been granted the go-ahead to test the use of a man-made antibody treatment (PRN100), with a view to halting or slowing the progression of sporadic CJD. “We … Continue reading

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Pollution of All Types: A Broad Review of the Health Implications (Department of Health / BBC News)

Summary The Chief Medical Officer’s latest annual report summarises the latest emerging evidence about all types of pollution. The press release talks of four main topics: Pollution arising from healthcare. Pollution and health inequalities. Emerging pollution-related issues. Pollution measurement and … Continue reading

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No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens / Lancet Infectious Diseases)

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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Grounds for Cautious Optimism Regarding Two Drugs Re-Purposed for Neurodegenerative Diseases? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research, involving mice, has indicated promising results for the potential of two re-purposed drugs in helping to slow or halt the progression of a number of neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. “The best known drug of the pair … Continue reading

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Urine Test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD)? (BBC News / MRC / JAMA Neurology / NEJM)

Summary It may one day be possible to use a non-invasive diagnostic urine test to discover whether or not patients have sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (sCJD). Full Text Link Reference A urine test for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease may be possible. London: Medical … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease Contractable Via Brain Surgery? (NHS Choices / Swiss Medical Weekly)

Summary Further evidence points to a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being potentially transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Full Text Link Reference New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery. London: NHS … Continue reading

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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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Lancet Seminar on Parkinson’s Disease (Lancet / Advances in Integrative Medicine / Translational Proteomics / Parkinson’s UK / BBC News)

Summary Coinciding with Parkinson’s Awareness Week 2015 (April 20th – 26th 2015), the following Lancet review / seminar covers the clinical features, risk factors, pathology, genetics, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Full Text Link (Note: This article requires … 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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