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  • Earliest mention of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in literature? (FR exclusive)

    03/30/2016 7:03:46 PM PDT · by null and void · 46 replies
    Moby Dick ^ | 1851 | Hermen Melville
    In the case of a small Sperm Whale the brains are accounted a fine dish. The casket of the skull is broken into with an axe, and the two plump, whitish lobes being withdrawn (precisely resembling two large puddings), they are then mixed with flour, and cooked into a most delectable mess, in flavor somewhat resembling calves' head, which is quite a dish among some epicures; and every one knows that some young bucks among the epicures, by continually dining upon calves' brains, by and by get to have a little brains of their own, so as to be able...
  • Mad Cow Disease Found in US Cow

    04/24/2012 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 24, 2012 | Carrie Gann and Dan Childs
    The Department of Agriculture today confirmed a case of mad cow disease found in a dairy cow in central California. In a press briefing today, John Clifford, the USDA's chief veterinary officer, said the cow's meat did not enter the food supply and the carcass will be destroyed. The animal was found at a rendering facility run by Baker Commodities in Hanford, Calif. The disease was discovered when the company selected the cow for random sampling, Baker Commodities executive vice president Dennis Luckey told The Associated Press. The Agriculture Department confirmed today that the cow is the fourth discovered in...
  • Bad prion breath: Mad cow disease agent can infect via the air

    01/13/2011 11:18:22 PM PST · by LucyT · 8 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Jan 13, 2011 06:25 PM | Philip Yam
    As if it weren't bad enough that deadly prions can survive boiling and radiation, now comes word that aerosolized forms of the pathogen can enter the nose and find their way to the brain, with fatal consequences. Prions, you may recall, were the reason you avoided beef in Europe in the 1990s. They triggered the infamous mad cow disease epidemic in the U.K., which spread to the rest of Europe and other parts of the world. Prions are proteins that all animals produce, but sometimes, toxic mutant versions are made. These malformed versions can cause ..."
  • Soros Bets on U.S. Financial Collapse

    11/08/2010 3:29:58 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 82 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | November 8, 2010 | Cliff Kincaid
    snip “What is most troubling to me about this,” Diamond added, “is that the Fed’s QE2 is in alignment with George Soros’s agenda to destroy global capitalism.” The decline of the dollar “is what George Soros wants and what he has proposed in the past,” he noted. Soros, the billionaire hedge fund operator who finances various leftist and Marxist groups, including Media Matters, has made his fortune by betting on the collapse of national economies and currencies. He was convicted of insider trading in France.
  • US to lift 21-year ban on haggis

    01/25/2010 10:54:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 119 replies · 2,521+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 25, 2010 | Severin Carrell
    Smuggled and bootlegged, it has been the cause of transatlantic tensions for more than two decades. But after 21 years in exile, the haggis is to be allowed back into the United States. The "great chieftan o' the puddin-race" was one of earliest casualties of the BSE crisis of the 1980s-90s, banned on health grounds by the US authorities in 1989 because they feared its main ingredient ‑ minced sheep offal ‑ could prove lethal.
  • Scots ask US to lift haggis ban

    01/20/2008 9:33:32 AM PST · by Stoat · 148 replies · 1,052+ views
    The BBC ^ | January 20, 2008
    Scots ask US to lift haggis ban   Haggis, traditionally eaten on Burns night, is banned in the US The Scottish Government is considering asking the United States to rethink its ban on haggis imports. Imports of Scotland's iconic dish were banned by the US in 1989 in the wake of the BSE scare because it contains offal ingredients such as sheep lungs. Only an offal-free version of haggis is available in the US. The move would be backed by renowned haggis maker Macsween, which believes the American market could be a very lucrative one. A Scottish Government spokeswoman...
  • Canada Has a Problem (BSE)

    02/09/2007 8:55:34 AM PST · by B4Ranch · 8 replies · 440+ views ^ | 2/9/2007 | staff writer
    R-CALF: Latest BSE Case Leaves Little Doubt: Canada Has a Problem Billings, Mont. – On Wednesday, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced yet another case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) discovered in a “mature bull” in Alberta. “Although Canadian headlines tend to say this is Canada’s ninth case of BSE, it is important to note that this latest incident is actually the 10th case of BSE in native Canadian cattle, because the BSE-positive cow discovered in Washington state in December 2003 was imported into the U.S. from Canada,” noted R-CALF USA Vice President and Region VI Director Max Thornsberry....
  • New vCJD Scare Rocks The UK

    12/08/2006 12:16:38 PM PST · by blam · 2 replies · 418+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 08 December 2006 | Debora McKenzie
    New vCJD scare rocks the UK 18:10 08 December 2006 news service Debora MacKenzie A third person in the UK has caught variant CJD from another human, in a blood transfusion. Many more people may be at risk of this human form of BSE, experts warn. Three of eight people tested so far in the UK are now confirmed to have been infected with vCJD through blood transfusions, autopsies have revealed. A total of 66 people in UK are known to have received transfusions from blood donors who later went on to develop vCJD. Of those, 34 later died...
  • New approach to BSE successful in lab

    12/01/2006 8:13:57 PM PST · by annie laurie · 6 replies · 422+ views ^ | 1-Dec-2006
    Prion-infected mice survive longer A new method of treatment can appreciably slow down the progress of the fatal brain disease scrapie in mice. This has been established by researchers from the Universities of Munich and Bonn together with their colleagues at the Max Planck Institute in Martinsried. To do this they used an effect discovered by the US researchers Craig Mello and Andrew Fire, for which they were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Medicine. Scrapie is a variant of the cattle disease BSE and the human equivalent Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. However, it will take years for the method to be...
  • New BSE case confirmed in Alberta (9th case found)

    09/16/2006 8:51:19 PM PDT · by Tamar1973 · 5 replies · 341+ views
    Western Business News ^ | August 2006 | Western Business News
    The Canadian government confirmed Aug. 23 bovine spongiform encephalopathy in another Alberta beef cow, the ninth BSE-positive animal of Canadian origin, according to Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America, a national non-profit organization. “R-CALF has been saying all along that it appears the prevalence of BSE in Canada is a lot higher than anybody anticipated,” said R-CALF USA President and Region V Director Chuck Kiker. “This raises a tremendous amount of concern, especially in light of the fact that it does not appear Canada’s meat and bone meal ban, or feed ban, was effective. With numerous cases of...
  • U.S. Slashes Testing for Mad Cow Disease, Citing Low Infection Rate

    07/20/2006 10:41:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 569+ views
    NY Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 21, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    The Agriculture Department said yesterday that it would scale back testing for mad cow disease by about 90 percent, saying the number of infected animals was far too low to justify the current level of surveillance. “It’s time that our surveillance efforts reflect what we now know is a very, very low level of B.S.E. in the United States,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said as he announced the new testing program for the disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy. After the disease was found in a Canadian-born dairy cow in Washington in December 2003, the department tested more than 759,000 animals over...
  • Study Suggests More Deaths From Mad Cow Disease

    06/23/2006 12:52:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 541+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2006 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    The long lives that some former cannibals enjoy before succumbing to a brain-wasting disease suggest that many more humans will eventually die of mad cow disease, scientists said Thursday. But several experts in such illnesses, called prion diseases — which are blamed for killing New Guinea cannibals and British eaters of infected beef — disagreed with that frightening implication of the study, which is to be published Friday in The Lancet, a British medical journal. These experts praised the rigorous work the authors of the report did to confirm that kuru, a disease that once decimated highland tribes in New...
  • BSE could incubate in people 50 years or more before symptoms show: study

    06/22/2006 9:52:41 PM PDT · by familyop · 12 replies · 769+ views (The Canadian Press) ^ | 22JUN06 | Sheryl Ubelacker
    TORONTO (CP) - It could take half a century or more for someone infected with prions - the cause of mad cow-like diseases - to start showing symptoms, say researchers, who drew that conclusion after studying a similar illness among Papua New Guinean people who once feasted on their dead. Their findings suggest that the number of human cases of variant Creutzfeld-Jacob disease (vCJD) could end up being much larger than originally suspected, say the researchers, whose study is published in Friday's edition of The Lancet. With 160 cases, the United Kingdom has the highest number of recorded cases in...
  • Japan agrees to lift US beef ban

    06/20/2006 10:59:16 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 249+ views
    BBC ^ | June 20, 2006
    Japan has agreed to lift its ban on US beef imports, a move that will allow American producers to resume exports to their biggest overseas market. Japan's Agriculture Ministry said US imports would be allowed to restart pending successful inspections of US meat processing plants. Japan first banned imports of US beef in 2003 due to fears over so-called Mad Cow Disease, or BSE. At that time the Japanese beef market was worth $1.4bn (£758m) to the US. Previous ban end Japanese Agriculture Ministry official Hiroaki Ogura said Japanese inspectors would now visit 35 meatpacking plants in the US that...
  • Atypical Strain of BSE Found In U.S. Cattle

    06/01/2006 3:00:29 AM PDT · by Lurker · 38 replies · 938+ views
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 31 May 2006 | Staff
    May 31, Rapid City Journal (SD) — Atypical strain of bovine spongiform encephalopathy found in U.S. cattle. The two cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) found in U.S. cattle over the past year came from a rare strain of BSE found largely in Europe that scientists are only beginning to identify, according to research by a French scientist. Researchers in France and Italy who presented their work at an international conference in England reported two rare strains of BSE that are harder to detect and affect mainly older cattle. Thierry Baron of the French Food Safety Agency presented research indicating...
  • Hidden CJD is new threat to thousands (Mad Cow in UK)

    03/27/2006 4:18:22 AM PST · by RightGeek · 10 replies · 465+ views
    THe (UK) Times ^ | March 27, 2006 | Nigel Hawkes
    THOUSANDS of people in Britain may be infected with variant CJD, the human equivalent of mad cow disease, without knowing it, research suggests. Experiments have confirmed that it is possible for a much wider group of people than had been assumed to be infected with the incurable brain condition. The presence in the population of undetected carriers of the infection has serious implications for the safety of the blood supply, and it increases the risk of passing on vCJD to others through infected surgical instruments. It could make it much harder to eliminate the human infection, even though cattle no...
  • R-CALF: Cattle Producers Support Creekstone Farms In Legal Battle

    03/26/2006 7:40:37 AM PST · by snowsislander · 5 replies · 281+ views
    The Cattle Network ^ | March 24, 2006
    (Billings, Mont.) – Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, at a news conference Thursday in Washington, D.C., announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to get permission to voluntarily test all of its cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). “R-CALF USA supports Creekstone in this effort because voluntary testing for BSE likely would help reopen and maintain certain export markets for U.S. beef, which in turn, would certainly benefit the thousands of independent cattle producers this organization represents,” said R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard. “The U.S. economy is based on free enterprise, and Creekstone is...
  • Fox News: USDA Investigating Possible Case of Mad Cow Disease

    03/11/2006 2:29:53 PM PST · by COEXERJ145 · 41 replies · 1,174+ views
    Fox News | 03-11-2006
    Fox News Alert of a possible case of mad cow disease in the U.S...
  • 'Human remains link' to BSE cases

    02/08/2006 6:32:59 AM PST · by Calpernia · 18 replies · 392+ views
    BBC News science ^ | By Paul Rincon
    The first cases of BSE or "mad cow disease" could have been caused by animal feed contaminated with human remains, says a controversial theory. Some raw materials for fertiliser and feed imported from South Asia in the 60s and 70s contained human bones and soft tissue, the Lancet reports. Bone collectors could have picked up the remains of corpses deposited in the Ganges river to sell for export. If infected with prion diseases, they could have been the source for BSE. But the theory has been greeted with scepticism by several experts on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). The authors admit...
  • Alberta cow tests positive for mad cow: CFIA

    01/23/2006 8:10:19 AM PST · by ferri · 21 replies · 544+ views ^ | Mon. Jan. 23 2006 | News Staff
    A cow in Alberta has tested positive for mad cow disease, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed. Officials do not believe parts of the cow were processed for consumption. CFIA will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET. Federal agriculture inspectors sent what was termed a "suspicious sample" to a Winnipeg lab for further testing on the weekend. Canada's beef and dairy cattle breeding industry has been shut out of the United States since bovine spongiform encephalopathy was discovered in an Alberta cow in May 2003. A subsequent two-year ban on Canadian beef cost the industry an estimated...