Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 34 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Feb-2003
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Eight questions consumers should ask about the threat of mad cow disease
The World Health Organization published a new document to assist governments, consumers associations and other concerned organizations to protect consumers from the dangers of consuming beef infected with Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE or "mad cow disease). The document provides governments and others involved in consumer protection with background information on the disease and how to prevent its spread. more

Information for patients: Understanding the BSE threat
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a family of diseases of humans and animals characterized by spongy degeneration of the brain with severe and fatal neurological signs and symptoms. In animals, scrapie is a common disease in sheep and goats. Mink and North American mule deer and elk can contract TSEs. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) is also a TSE, affecting a number of species (cattle, human, cats, some types of animals in 300 settings).  more


Information for patients: Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) is a rare and fatal human neurodegenerative condition. As with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, vCJD is classified as a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) because of characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain and its ability to be transmitted. vCJD is a new disease that was first described in March 1996.  more

Cancer experts call for special care for dying patients in India
The quality of life for people in India with incurable cancer could be improved by simple measures to relieve symptoms, such as pain and depression, through palliative care.  more

Oxygen key switch in transforming adult stem cells from fat into cartilage
In their ongoing research on turning adult stem cells isolated from fat into cartilage, Duke University Medical Center researchers have demonstrated that the level of oxygen present during the transformation process is a key switch in stimulating the stem cells to change.  more

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