AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 1, 2018


Rare Brain Disease is Caused by Cousin of Mad Cow Agent, Study Finds

A disease closely related to Mad Cow Agent has been discovered and is shown to emulate symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. However, it defies typical treatment methods and has been shown to be contagious without enhanced sanitation protocols. Scientists from the University of California San Diego who were credited with discovering critical cell structures behind Mad Cow and Parkinson’s disease have now identified a new strain, which could explain several untreatable cases of Parkinson’s disease that were not clearly identified previously and were complicated by traditional treatments. The major finding shows how the disease is spread through contaminated surfaces, and appears to be present even after normal sterilization. “You can’t kill a protein,” said a primary researcher of the study. “And it can stick tightly to stainless steel, even when the surgical instrument is cleaned.” This new finding is being distributed as a blanket warning for those treating Parkinson’s disease patients as well as surgical procedure officials. To learn more about this study, click here.


Second International Brain Mapping Course
April 26-27, 2018; New Orleans

Surgical Approaches to Skull Base
April 26-28, 2018; St. Louis, MO

2018 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting
April 28-May 2, 2018; New Orleans

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