Tag: disease

Dec 01 2018

‘From Nothing to Gangbusters’: A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa – The New York Times

Supported by Global health ‘From Nothing to Gangbusters’: A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa Already used in Western countries, hydroxyurea eased painful episodes in African children with the condition. It also reduced the risk of malaria infection. ImageA doctor evaluating a young patient with sickle-cell disease at a clinic in Kinshasa, Democratic […]

Nov 26 2018

DNR Busy Testing Deer For Chronic Wasting Disease

The sun has set on firearm deer hunting season in Minnesota, but the staff at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remain busy, testing harvested deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). “The problem we’re having is we’re starting to see more positive animals spread a little further on the landscape so we’re seeing what we’re […]

Nov 26 2018

Experimental Alzheimer's Disease Vaccine May Cut Dementia Cases In Half

An experimental Alzheimer’s disease vaccine may soon be able to cut dementia cases in half and delay effects of the degenerative brain disease by five years.  Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas said the new vaccine showed promising results during recent animal testing and are hopeful the vaccine will make it […]

Nov 24 2018

Infectious Prion Proteins Detected In Eye Tissues Of People With Rare Brain Disease

Researchers found misfolded prion proteins in the eyes of 11 patients diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The discovery raised concerns over possible infection from eye exam equipment and cadaveric corneal transplants.   ( National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease ) A rogue misfolded prion protein that destroys the brain was discovered in the eyes of […]

Nov 22 2018

Let's not forget that chicken pox can be a serious disease

Luckily, there have been no reports of serious side effects such as brain fever, bloodstream infections, pneumonia, or death, but chicken pox is a serious disease. Before the vaccine came into widespread use in the 1990s, the United States had one million childhood cases per year with 10,000 hospitalizations for serious side effects and about […]

Nov 21 2018

'Landmark study' shows brain cells revamp their DNA, perhaps sparking Alzheimer's disease

Brains without (left) and with (right) Alzheimer’s disease Robert Friedland/Science Source By Mitch LeslieNov. 21, 2018 , 1:20 PM Unlike most cells in our bodies, the neurons in our brain can scramble their genes, scientists have discovered. This genome tampering may expand the brain’s protein repertoire, but it may also promote Alzheimer’s disease, their study […]

Nov 21 2018

Prion Disease May Be Transmitted by Eye Surgery

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Prion Disease May Be Transmitted by Eye Surgery  Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News The eyes have it  EurekAlert (press release) Eyes of CJD Patients Show Evidence of Prions  Infection Control Today Full coverage Source link

Nov 21 2018

New information on the pathological mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease

Immunoelectron microscopy image of accumulated tau protein on cell membrane. Credit: Henri Huttunen Researchers at the University of Helsinki have discovered a mechanism by which harmful tau protein aggregates are transmitted between neurons. Alongside amyloid plaques, tau aggregates in the brain are a significant factor in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is associated […]

Nov 21 2018

Infectious 'Prions' Found in the Eyes of Patients with Fatal Brain Disease

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Infectious ‘Prions’ Found in the Eyes of Patients with Fatal Brain Disease  Live Science Scientists spot brain-destroying proteins in the eyes of infected patients  BGR The Eyes Have It  UC San Diego Health Brain-Destroying Prions Also Spread Through Victims’ Eyes  Gizmodo Full coverage Source link

Nov 21 2018

Yemen: up to 85000 young children dead from starvation or disease

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Yemen: up to 85000 young children dead from starvation or disease  The Guardian Hunger, disease have killed 85000 children under 5 during Yemen war, Save the Children says  NBCNews.com More than 80000 children died of hunger in Yemen since 2015, charity says  The National 85000 children starve to death in Yemen, some too […]