Researchers Find Infectious Prions in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Patient Skin
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD)—the human equivalent of mad cow disease—is caused by rogue, misfolded protein aggregates termed prions, which are infectious and cause fatal damages in the patient’s brain. CJD patients develop signature microscopic sponge-like holes in their brains. The initial signs of CJD include memory loss, behavior changes, movement disorder, and vision problems, which usually rapidly progress to death. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 90 percent of CJD patients die within one year of onset, and hundreds of Americans are diagnosed annually. There is no available treatment or cure.
There are numerous types of prion diseases in humans, and CJD is the most common. About 90 percent of CJD cases have a sporadic origin. Prion infectivity is highly concentrated in CJD patient brain tissue. Inter-personal CJD transmission has occurred after patients were exposed to surgical tools previously contaminated by CJD brain tissues.
Click here to read more.
2018 Advanced Endoscopic Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery
June 1-2, 2018; New York
2018 American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery Biennial Meeting
June 2-5, 2018; Denver
Complex Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery of the Skull Base
June 7-9, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA
2018 Annual Meeting of the Michigan Association of Neurological Surgeons
June 8-10, 2018; Thompsonville, MI
CARS 2018 Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
June 20-23, 2018; Berlin, Germany