Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New test detects toxic prions in blood

The first cases of Mad Cow disease in humans (properly called variant Creutzfeld Jakob Disease, or vCJD) occurred in the late 1990s and are thought to be the consequence of eating contaminated beef products. Since then, several ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Blood test for human form of mad cow disease developed

(Medical Xpress) -- Mad cow disease is serious business in the U.K., the human form, known as Creutzfeldt-Jakob after Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt and Alfons Maria Jakob (CJD), who independently first described its existence ...

Medical research

Protein sheds insight into vCJD

A protein linked to the immune system could play a key role in helping scientists understand how vCJD spreads throughout the body.