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What happens to people who get mad cow disease?

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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Dr. Al Hegab
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Vcjd (Definition)

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


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What causes a person to have mad cow disease?

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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What happens to someone who doesn't get their celiac disease treated?

What happens to someone who doesn't get their celiac disease treated?

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

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Do people get mad cow disease?

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 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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Can you explain mad cow disease?

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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How likely is it for someone to get mad cow disease nowadays?

How likely is it for someone to get mad cow disease nowadays?

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 more

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How can I get tested for mad cow disease (crutzfeld-jakob) or dementia?

How can I get tested for mad cow disease (crutzfeld-jakob) or dementia?

Well: For dementia, your family doctor, for mad cow...A neurologist, you will need a neurological exam, an eeg and especially a lumbar puncture done by a neurologist with experience in prion diseases. ...Read more

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What are the ways to get tested for mad cow disease?

Mad cow disease: The most common test is a brain biopsy but the patient must have symptoms of the disease before that is done. ...Read more

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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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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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How many people die of mad cow disease?

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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Can you get mad cow disease by eating meat from the usa? Can you still get mad cow disease even if the meat is cooked?

Yes/yes: Although rare, it is possible to acquire a prion disease similar to mad cow from eating meat contaminated with infected brain tissue. Prions are different than viruses, bacteria, and fungi in that they can survive heat. Extremely high heat or strong chemicals are needed to kill/destroy prions. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens to an older persons nutrition as they get older?

Could you tell me what happens to an older persons nutrition as they get older?

Less Calories needed: As a person gets older they need less calories. The metabolism of the muscles slows down. As people age, if the eat the same amount of calories as they did in their 20s and 30s, they may notice weight gain. ...Read more

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What does gluten do to people who are suffering from celiac disease?

What does gluten do to people who are suffering from celiac disease?

Intestinal allergies: Celiac disease (gluten allergy) occurs in a person who may have a genetic tendency to react abnormally to gluten (a protein in wheat, barley, and rye). Something causes his immune system to over-react to gluten. Later, when he eats foods containing gluten, his immune system reacts with the intestine that is digesting the gluten, thus causing intestinal problems and abnormal digestion. ...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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Mad cow disease and creutzfeldt-jakob disease is there any difference between how you get them?

Cows vs human: Mad cow disease/variant cjd is acquired by eating meat from from affected cows, not a risk in usa. Classical cjd may be acquired from an infected person through blood, or tissue, or, mostly it occurs sporadically due to genetic predisposition. You may consult this site: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/index.Htm. ...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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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