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Dr. Thomas Montine
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Prion Diseases (Overview)

Prion diseases are so called "slow virus" conditions caused by misformed and contagious proteins, which act like viruses in the brain. Conditions include Mad Cow Disease in cattle and a similar disease called Creutzfeldt_Jakob disease in humans.


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Describe prion diseases?

Describe prion diseases?

Rare diseases: Prion diseases are rare disorders that the effected and transmitted by misfolded proteins. Read the site below for more information. http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/prion-disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Montine
75 doctors shared insights

Prion Diseases (Overview)

Prion diseases are so called "slow virus" conditions caused by misformed and contagious proteins, which act like viruses in the brain. Conditions include Mad Cow Disease in cattle and a similar disease called Creutzfeldt_Jakob disease in humans.


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What are the symptoms of a prion disease?

What are the symptoms of a prion disease?

Neuro: Decline in mental function, rapid over a few months. The hallmark symptom, often present, is myoclonic jerks while fully conscious. Lack of coordination is common if the cerebellum is involved. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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Could organ and blood donation cause prion disease?

Could organ and blood donation cause prion disease?

Not for donor: A donor of an organ or blood cannot be infected with a prion disease. An organ recipient can become infected with a prion disease if the donor suffered from that disease. For example, until this was recognized and screening initiatted, it was possible to transmit creutzfeld-jacob disease through cornea transplant. ...Read more

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Why do prion diseases have such long incubation periods? Can they be stopped at all?

Why do prion diseases have such long incubation periods?  Can they be stopped at all?

Supportive care only: The duration of incubation of prions is probably related to the folding state of the inoculum and the sequence of the host prion protein. At present, there is no effective treatment for prion diseases, and all are universally fatal. ...Read more

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Living with Lyme Disease (Checklist)

Consult an infectious disease doctor.
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Treat symptoms
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See a specialist to treat the area where the symptoms are worst
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Can you get a prion diseases from gm food?

Can you get a prion diseases from gm food?

No: There is no evidence--nor reason to think--that gm food should or could generate or increase infectious prions. Without comment on whether gm foods are a boon or a bane, the only way i could imagine this happening would be if some evil scientists deliberately created a gm food to generate bad prions in order to eliminate their own financial base ;). ...Read more

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How can prion diseases be prevented?

Not much: There's not much we can do at present as some forms of prion diseases have to do with genetic mutations. Prion diseases can be transmitted by exposure to prion-contaminated tissues during a medical procedure. Another type of prion disease in humans, vcjd, is acquired by eating beef products obtained from cattle with prion disease. So stay away from beef from places with endemic prion disease. ...Read more

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Living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (Checklist)

Reduce stress in your life: Stress causes cysts to grow faster
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Adequate daily fluid intake is a requirement for all patients with PKD
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How do I know if I am at risk for prion disease? Pet scan?

Why r u concerned?: No one eats human brains anymore, so human "prion disease" = cjd. There are 3 types: sporadic, familial & variant. Sporadic is impossible to predict. Familial runs in families; it's genetic and can be tested for but genotype does not predict phenotype. Variant is contracted by eating contaminated beef. Check out www.Cjdsurveillance.Com. My advice: find something else to worry about. ...Read more

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