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What Can Someone With Mad Cow Disease Expect To Happen
vCJD is a form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, which is a rare neurodegenerative disease. As opposed to "classic" CJD, which starts typically in patients over 65 years old, vCJD begins primarily with psychiatric symptoms, in younger patients (<30 years old on average) than other types of CJD and has a longer duration from start ...Read more
The human form of...: Mad cow disease (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) is called variant creutzfeldt-jakob disease and is primarily acquired through eating contaminated beef. Now almost 2 decades after the huge bse outbreak in cattle in the uk and some other parts of europe, there are basically no more cases occurring. Standard cjd in people occurs and is not related to cows and has an incidence of 1 in a million. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: It depends on the severity of alzheimer's disease. It it is advanced, it may be better not to do an operation or chemotherapy because that may not prolong patient's life and would cause him/her lot of discomfort. If the patient would still understand the treatment's side-effects, it is possible to treat him/her as somebody who does not have alzheimer's disease. ...Read more
Does anyone know someone with Alzheimer's disease that is getting benefit from medication to slow the symptoms?
Symptom control: Alzheimer's disease has no cure. Symptomatic control consists of slowing the deterioration clinically observed without affecting the underlying course of the disease. Medications such as Aricept (donepezil), Namenda (memantine), and others, are examples of helpful drugs providing symptomatic control. ...Read more
What could be wrong with someone who can't form words or pronounce them properly? This happens occasionally to someone i love.
Can you clarify?: Thirty thousand different proteins go to creating the brain, and no two are alike. Different people are good at different things, and this is probably a good thing overall for humankind. Someone who has an occasional problem with single words may just be different. However, episodic periods where it's hard to put all the words together suggests transient ischemic attacks, an urgent medical problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many complications: Celiac disease leads to destruction of the lining of the small intestine. Therefore, it is associated with abdominal pain, bloating diarrhea, some times to the point of malnutrition. "irritable bowel syndrome" is sometimes actually un-diagnosedceliac disease. Rashes that look like herpes "dermatitis herpetiformis" may occur. Sometimes joint and tendon inflammation. ...Read more
Mayo Clinic!: Usually, a treating neurologist can provide very specific information to a patient. If you want to read on your own, the mayo clinic has a very good webpage (http://www.Mayoclinic.Org/diseases-conditions/parkinsons-disease. ...Read more
Communication: You have to understand their deficits and compensate for them. For instance, talk in short phrases, do not argue, do not say no, distract, redirect, enter their reality. ...Read more
Mutations of a gene : on Chromosome 17q25.3 that codes for a lysosomal enzyme that breaks down glycogen cause Glycogen Storage Disease Type II or Pompe Disease subtypes . It is autosomal recessive, the mutant gene comes from from both unaffected carrier parents. Age of onset & rate of progression of pelvic & leg, then arm & respiratory muscle weakness vary with subtype. See www.agsdus.org/html/typeiigsd.html. ...Read more
Usually not: Addison's disease is caused by many mechanisms. Outside the United States, infection, in particular tuberculosis is the most common cause, but it would not cause just arthritis. In us, autoimmune polyendocrinopathy (2 types) is probably the most common cause, and in either type, arthritis is not a common problem associated with other endocrine problem such as hypoparathyroidism, diabetes, etc. ...Read more
Genetics: If you are born with genetic mutations, hla types dq2 or dq8, this predisposes you to develop celiac disease. Then it is usually an environmental trigger, like abnormal gut microbes or infection that triggers it from being a genetic predisposition into an active condition. The condition starts with damage the the microvilli that line the gut and eventually ends with total villous atrophy. ...Read more
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