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Potential human transmission of Alzheimer’s – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2015.

The medical fallout from a historic hormone treatment has revealed that the amyloid beta protein associated with Alzheimer‘s disease may be passed from one person to another, according to a new study. However, experts say the findings, while fascinating, do not represent a current health risk. New European research, published today in Nature, examined the […]

One in 2000 Brits carry brain disease protein – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 17th, 2013.

A large-scale survey in the UK suggests around one in 2,000 people carry an abnormal prion —  a mis-folded brain protein — associated with mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a degenerative brain disease – often called the human form of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease.” […]

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