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What do you suggest if I've been sick since last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?

What do you suggest if I've been sick since last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?

See your doctor: If you have been sick for one year, you need to uncover the cause. "Mad cow" would be causing a rapid deterioration in function, and unlikely that a year would pass allowing you to still ask this question. ...Read more

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Mad Cow Disease (Definition)

A very rare but potentially fatal disorder typically caused by eating meat infected with prions. Mad cow disease in humans is called "variant CJD." It results in dementia, psychiatric disorders, movement ...Read more


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What do you advise if I was sick since july last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?

What do you advise if I was sick since july last year from muscle milk and I am afraid I got mad cow?

First: Mad cow is rare with a very long incubation period, years!, and you get it from eating food contaminated with the brain, spinal cord and intestines of afflicted cows. And There have been very few cases in the U.S. I wouldn't worry about Muscle Milk and mad cow, I'd worry more that Consumer Reports found Muscle Milk was contaminated with heavy metals. ...Read more

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Should I be stressed about mad cow disease? I'm scared to eat cows head tacos.

Should I be stressed about mad cow disease? I'm scared to eat cows head tacos.

No scare: Mad cow disease is not present in the USA.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

I have anxiety and fear of dying from vcjd (mad cow) from consuming british candies. What to do?

Before you become: Too worked up: were any of these candies recalled? Were these candies in any way connected with cows that suffered from this disease? There is a german candy called mamba that contain beef-based gelatin - which was recalled in poland. Know of no cases of mad cow disease related to that. Check your facts - before you get spun up. ...Read more

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What attempts have been made to cure mad cow?

What attempts have been made to cure mad cow?

No cure known: Made cow disease is a slow virus infection of the brain. It is similar to creutzfeldt jacob, sspe, kuru, etc. These are horrible progressive disorders that slowly destroy the brain. Only avoiding exposure and eliminating the host (the mad cows) are the only medical management methods available. ...Read more

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What are symtoms of mad cow diease in humans?

What are symtoms of mad cow diease in humans?

CJD: It is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in humans. It causes myoclonus (rapid muscle jerks) and rapidly progressive dementia (memory loss). It is usually NOT from dietary intake of prions, but rather genetic. ...Read more

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Are GMOs linked to cjd or mad cow diease?

Are GMOs linked to cjd or mad cow diease?

No: That's fantasy. There are reasonable opponents of genetically modified organisms, but alleging that they cause prion disease is simply making things up -- and there are plenty of militants of every camp who do this sort of thing. ...Read more

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How likely are you to get mad cow from an undercooked burger?

How likely are you to get mad cow from an undercooked burger?

Very unlikely in USA: No humans have ever been reported to have been infected with mad cow disease in the usa, but many feared the disease in the 1990s when nearly 150 people in britain died from it. Earlier this year, a dairy cow in ca was found to have be infected -- but it didn't get into the food chain. It's more likely to get other infections such as e coli from undercooked beef, than it is to get mad cow. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mad cow in a calf?

What are the symptoms of mad cow in a calf?

MAD COW: A cow infected with mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) may behave aggressively & isolate from the herd. It may be over-reactive to sound or touch. It will lose weight, appear lethargic & develop difficulties with gait. ...Read more

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What causes a person to have mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease is an infectious disease that occurs in patients that have eaten cow meat that has been infected with the prion - it remains an extremely rare disease these days. ...Read more

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Is there really a mad cow disease or just a nice way of saying demented?

Is there really a mad cow disease or just a nice way of saying demented?

It exists: There are lots of people with dementia, and almost none with mad cow disease. It does exist, but is extraordinarily rare. But if you get demented and want to blame it on a mad cow, I promise not to tell. ...Read more

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How rare is mad cow disease?

How rare is mad cow disease?

MAD COW DISEASE: Although cjd (creutzfeld jacob disease = mad cow)is the most common human prion disease, it is still rare, occurring in about one out of every one million people every year. It usually affects people aged 45–75, most commonly appearing in people between the ages of 60–65. ...Read more

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Do people get mad cow disease?

The human equivalent: Of mad cow disease was first reported in 1996. There have been several hundred cases, mostly in the uk, and it appears that in the last few years, there are few if any cases. The risk currently is very, very low. Remember, cooking the ground beef to well done or beyond does not decrease the risk. ...Read more

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How common is mad cow disease?

How common is mad cow disease?

In cows?: Http://www. Medicinenet. Com/mad_cow_disease/page5.htm

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How is mad cow disease spread?

Read below: Bovine spongioform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) is a prion disease, infective agents that vary from viruses in not having dna or rna. The agent can be transferred by ingestion or surgery transplanting the infected tissue (e.g. Cornea) it is fortunately extremely rare for this to happen nowadays. ...Read more

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How does mad cow disease spread?

How does mad cow disease spread?

Eating bad beef: Infected cattle, which got the disease by eating animal by-products, produce infectious beef. The prion is not damaged even by thorough cooking. It is also possible that slaughterhouse workers exposed to aerosolized cattle parts might be infected in this way. ...Read more

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How can I avoid mad cow disease?

How can I avoid mad cow disease?

Avoid infected meat: "mad cow" disease is uncommon in the usa. About 150 worldwide cases of vcjd have occurred to date, nearly all associated with beef consumption in the uk. There have been 4 confirmed cases of infected cattle in the us since 2006. Generally any cow with neurological symptoms is removed from the herd, and there are feed bans on possibly infectious materials. Avoid beef totally, if very concerned. ...Read more

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How can you cure mad cow disease?

How can you cure mad cow disease?

Incurable: The onset of "mad cow disease" or bovine spongiform encephalopathy symptoms is sudden and the progress is rapid. Many attempts have been made to alter the fatal course of the disease, with a notable lack of success. ...Read more

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Can you explain mad cow disease?

Prion disease: Mad cow disease or bse (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is a progressive neurological disorder of cattle that results from infection by an unusual transmissible agent called a prion. ...Read more

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Who is at risk for mad cow disease?

Occupational: Mostly occupational hazard - working in the slaughterhouse for example. Eating large quantity of raw and undercooked beef has been cited - but it needs to be from infected cows. Risks are generally low since they stopped feeding the ground up dead animals back to the herd. ...Read more

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How can you detect mad cow disease?

How can you detect mad cow disease?

EEG and LP: An electroencephalogram will show certain rhythms and certain test can be seen in spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Mental symptoms of mad cow disease?

Severe: Mad cow's disease (bovine spongioform encephalopathy =bse) is a very serious incurable disease often with progressive psychological and mental problems associated with rigidity and movement disorders of the extremities fortunately now that we know the etiology very rare the equivalent creutzfeld jacob disease = cjd occurs in one out of a million of the population. ...Read more

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How does a person get mad cow disease?

How does a person get mad cow disease?

More research: "mad cow disease" is also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse) -- the human variant is called variant creuzfeldt-jakob disease. The transmissible agent seems to be an abnormal protein found on cell surfaces called a "prion". But eating infected nerve tissue is not necessarily needed, because both meat-eaters and vegetarians have died of creuzfeldt -jakob disease. More to be learned. ...Read more

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How many people die of mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: Mad cow disease (bse) affects cattle, and when it affects humans it is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease (vcjd). It is believed to be caused by a specific type of misfolded protein called a prion. Most cases worldwide are reported in the uk. By october 2009, it had killed 166 people in the uk, and 44 elsewhere. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mad cow disease?

What are the symptoms of mad cow disease?

The symptoms of Mad cow disease include:: Confusion, Dementia, Loss of coordination, Myoclonic jerks, Personality change, Sleepiness, Abnormal gait. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of mad-cow disease?

See below: Similar to other prion diseases. A classical triad of dementia, myoclonus, and ataxia. Some patients do exhibit parkinsonian-like features, and have difficulty with visuospatial perception. Most of the pts were younger in their 20's, as young as 12. The symptoms seemed insidious and persistent and behavior and confusion was quite marked. ...Read more

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How do humans get affected by mad cow disease?

Eat the meat: Mad cow disease is a "slow virus" which enters the brain and then causes an ultimately fatal ending. One of the chief ways of acquiring this agent is to eat it. The same virus has been transmitted through bone grafts, corneal transplants, blood product contamination. ...Read more

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What happens to people who get mad cow disease?

Dementia: Mad cow disease in humans is typically referred to cruzfeld jacob disease symptoms is are a rapidly progressive dementia and jerking movements. ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of mad cow disease?

Subtle: The behavioral, personality, and mood changes are the first warning but are nonspecific. The tremor and myoclonic jerking will alert a physician to the possibility. The incubation period is many years, and people exposed during the epidemic may still become ill. The disease is not treatable, and there is no benefit to early diagnosis. ...Read more

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