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By Robert On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
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Suspect case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease investigated in Brazil

The death of a 70-year-old man from  Belo Horizonte, Brazil is being investigated by health authorities as possibly being caused by the prion disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), according to a Wall Street More...

By Robert On Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
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Kuru: A tale of cannibalism and rogue-proteins

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 1950s and 60s, it was noticed that people (mostly women) of the Fore tribe were dying of what was originally thought to be a genetic disorder since it happened among family More...

By Robert On Sunday, September 15th, 2013
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My list of the five deadliest communicable diseases

I was reading a very interesting article entitled “The Five Deadliest Diseases in History” ( no longer available, unfortunately) where the author looked at the deadliest diseases in history in terms of number More...

By Robert On Saturday, June 15th, 2013
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Canada: Fraser health officer confirms case of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), says there is no outbreak

Responding to several media accounts of an outbreak of the deadly prion disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in Fraser, British Columbia (BC), Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer of Fraser Health More...

By Robert On Saturday, December 8th, 2012
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Macao woman who had brain surgery in Hong Kong likely has Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Magnified 100X, and stained with H&E (hematoxylin and eosin) staining technique, this light photomicrograph of brain tissue reveals the presence of prominent spongiotic changes in the cortex, and loss of neurons More...


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