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  • Police kill charging cow who sent officer airborne

    07/09/2014 9:29:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 07/08/2014
    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car. The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://is.gd/dm29HB) that police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the cow apparently escaped from a farm outside the city limits. It was first reported in a Wal-Mart parking lot last Friday.
  • Confirmed Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (variant CJD) Case in Texas (Mad Cow Disease)

    06/04/2014 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    CDC ^ | 6/2/2014 | CDC
    Laboratory tests have confirmed a diagnosis of variant CJD (a fatal brain disorder) in a patient who recently died in Texas. The confirmation was made when laboratory results from an autopsy of the patient’s brain tested positive for variant CJD. First described in 1996 in the United Kingdom, variant CJD is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder in humans. It is believed to be caused by consumption of products from cows with the disease bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or "mad cow" disease). Worldwide, more than 220 variant CJD patients have been reported, with a majority of them in the United...
  • EU counters deadly US pig virus with stricter import rules

    05/07/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 07/05/2014 - 08:22 (May 7) | (EurActiv with Reuters)
    The European Commission has approved new rules aimed at limiting the spread of a virus that has killed millions of piglets in the United States, highlighting the risk of animal feed products as a potential transmission agent. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has wiped out more than 10% of the US pig population since it appeared a year ago, and has also struck in Canada, Mexico and Japan. The European Union has not been affected by this strain. In the United States, the world’s biggest pork exporter, losses from PEDv could cut pork production as much as 7% in 2014,...
  • Surly Rachel Maddow Is Outraged That Even Liberal ABC Questioned Obama's Comedy Chat

    03/15/2014 8:03:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    News Busters ^ | March 14, 2014 | Scott Whitlock
    An annoyed Rachel Maddow on Thursday lectured ABC News for daring to question Barack Obama's appearance earlier this week on an internet comedy show. After playing a clip of reporter Jim Avila quizzing Jay Carney on whether the chat program damaged the "the dignity of the office," Maddow labeled this contention "completely and totally wrong." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] She mocked "capital V, capital S, very serious pundit David Gergen" for this tweet: "Unimaginable that Truman, Ike, JFK, Reagan would appear on 'Between Two Ferns.' They carefully projected majesty of their office." According to Maddow, there is precedent...
  • Water tower suit involving Exxon’s CEO prompts a fracking fracas [NOT anti-fracking]

    02/25/2014 9:11:51 PM PST · by re_nortex · 11 replies
    Ft. Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Jim Fuquay
    “Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Sues to Block Water Tower That Might Supply Fracking Operations,” cried the Huffington Post online news site. “Exxon Mobil CEO: No fracking near my backyard,” reported USA Today. [...]“This is not an anti-fracking lawsuit,” Whitten said. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
  • How George W. Bush failed the GOP

    12/12/2013 4:38:00 PM PST · by kobald · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2013 | Rachel Maddow
    ..[B]y the time the Bush era was winding down, the whole administration, including the president, was stewed in terrible, Cheney-level disapproval ratings. And now, almost no one who played a significant role in that administration is anywhere to be found in electoral politics, beyond the tertiary orbits of Punch-and-Judy cable news and the remains of what used to be the conservative "think tank" circuit... Unlike the Reagan administration, the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration, the George W. Bush presidency elevated precisely no one to the ranks of national leadership who wasn't there before. The 2008 Republican presidential primaries...
  • Rachel Maddow: ‘Elect Republicans And They Will Burn The Place Down’ (Video)

    10/01/2013 8:38:28 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 28 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 10/01/2013 | By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht
    Rachel Maddow blasted Republicans for shutting down the government, claiming they’ve been trying to do this since they took control of the House of Representatives. MSNBC host Maddow said Monday that Republicans took control of the House and were sworn in January 2011. By April they were threatening to shut down the government. Maddow criticized the GOP Congress for being the least productive Congress in U.S. history. She said there has been “no significant legislation since John Boehner got the speakership.” The GOP has been “otherwise occupied” with threatening to shut down the government. “By July [2011] Republicans had forced...
  • MSNBC Ratings "In The Crapper"

    06/01/2013 6:34:15 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 23 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | June 1, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    NEW YORK (BHN) - Industry experts anticipate MSNBC will make major changes, after the latest ratings show the network in a virtual free-fall. "Look, we're getting beaten regularly by infomercials for that crinkly garden hose..." said one MSNBC executive. "I guess when you look at the turds we've got in front of the camera, it's no surprise we're in the crapper." The Rachel Maddow Show delivered its lowest-rated month since it debuted in September 2008 (717 total viewers). "We've got to get either a real man or real woman in that time slot, because whatever the hell we've got now...
  • Maddow Engages in Shabby Lie of Omission About New Abortion Laws in N.D.

    03/26/2013 6:00:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 26, 2013 | Jack Coleman
    Among the most hilarious things uttered by Rachel Maddow came when she appeared on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last June. Maddow was a guest along with Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie, publisher Mort Zuckerman and actor Mark Ruffalo. When Gillespie and Maher tried to pin Maddow down on whether she supported the health care law signed by then-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006, the template for Obamacare four years later, Maddow got testy. (video, audio clips after page break)Maddow plays dumb on sex-selective abortion ban in North Dakota "Leave me alone about Romneycare, all of you!" Maddow whined. "Listen, my...
  • Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show

    03/01/2013 8:36:47 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 133 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/1/13 | @LeftyBollocks
    A poster on Twitter, upon seeing what he thought were very similar posts referencing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's show, did some searching and found out that Maddow has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her "mentions" on the popular website. As can be seen by screenshots collected by a tweeter named @LeftyBollocks, Maddow has massive amount of accounts posting the exact same claim that "Confession: I yell at my TV while watching Rachel #Maddow talk about filibuster reform in the same way most people do during football." With so many supposedly unique accounts mentioning her name, the term #Maddow...
  • Maddow Lapses Into Amnesia About Proposed Brown-Warren Debate

    06/28/2012 4:25:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin
    News Buster.org ^ | June 28, 2012 | Jack Coleman
    or someone seemingly so bright, Rachel Maddow sure has a short memory. There she was on June 19, talking about a proposed debate between GOP Sen. Scott Brown and Democrat challenger Elizabeth Warren and mocking Brown with her trademark brand of arm-waving, arrested adolescent sarcasm (video after page break) -- Maddow Drops Bogus Claim about MSNBC Not Hosting Proposed Brown-Warren DebateMADDOW: This week, though, Scott Brown said he would agree to a televised debate with Elizabeth Warren, but he had conditions. And he said if his conditions weren't met, he wouldn't do it. His conditions are, first, that the widow...
  • ...Alzheimer's might be transmissible in similar way as infectious prion diseases

    10/04/2011 5:52:10 AM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    HOUSTON -- The brain damage that characterizes Alzheimer's disease may originate in a form similar to that of infectious prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow) and Creutzfeldt-Jakob, according to newly published research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). "Our findings open the possibility that some of the sporadic Alzheimer's cases may arise from an infectious process, which occurs with other neurological diseases such as mad cow and its human form, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease," said Claudio Soto, Ph.D., professor of neurology at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, part of UTHealth. "The...
  • What's That Ticking Sound? The Male Biological Clock

    06/25/2011 3:01:06 PM PDT · by LucyT · 30 replies
    The Wall Street Journal Life and Culture ^ | June 25, 2011 | JENNIFER VANDERBES
    Older fathers made headlines several years ago when researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine reported that a man over 40 is almost six times as likely as a man under 30 to father an autistic child. Since then, research has shown that a man's chances of fathering offspring with schizophrenia double when he hits 40 and triple at age 50. The incidence of bipolarity, epilepsy, prostate cancer and breast cancer also increases in children born to men approaching 40. Both dwarfism and Marfan syndrome (a disorder of the connective tissue) have been linked to older fathers, and according...
  • Rachel Maddow says Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year (PolitiFact: False)

    02/19/2011 3:01:25 PM PST · by Qbert · 36 replies
    PolitiFact.com ^ | 2/18/2011 | Dave Umhoefer, PolitiFact
    It has taken hold with conviction: the idea that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ginned up a phony budget crisis to justify his bold bid to strip state employees of most bargaining rights and cut their benefits. A volley of e-mails, blog posts and inquiries to reporters followed a  Madison Capital Times editorial on Feb. 16, 2011, that said no state budget deficit exists for 2010-’11 -- or if it does, it’s the fault of Walker and the Republicans in the Legislature. Liberal MSNBC talk show host Rachel Maddow joined in Feb. 17, accusing Walker of manipulating the situation for political...
  • Rachel Maddow Booted From Christine O'Donnell's Delaware HQ

    10/05/2010 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 36 replies
    TPMDC ^ | 05 OCTOBER 2010 | TPMDC
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and her show's producers were ejected from Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell's headquarters today with an "angry guy" insisting they were not welcome back. This afternoon Maddow told TPM in a statement that she spoke with O'Donnell's staffers "multiple times about us being here today and wanting to speak with someone -- anyone, even a volunteer -- from the campaign."
  • In Never-Before-Aired Tapes, McVeigh Tells Families: 'Get Over It'

    04/20/2010 1:14:29 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 122 replies · 3,174+ views
    http://news.yahoo.com/ ^ | April 20, 2010 | Brett Michael Dykes
    Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 for the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing that killed 168 people, coldly declined to express remorse for his actions in a set of interview tapes aired for the first time Monday night on MSNBC.
  • November 19, 2009Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease

    11/19/2009 6:57:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,229+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 11/19/09 | Mark Henderson
    November 19, 2009 Brain-eating tribe enriches understanding of mad cow disease Mark Henderson, Science Editor A cannibalistic ritual in which the brains of dead tribespeople were eaten by their relatives has triggered one of the most striking examples of rapid human evolution on record, scientists have discovered. In the middle of the 20th century the Fore tribe of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea was devastated by a CJD-like disease called kuru, which was passed on by mortuary feasts in which the brains of the dead were consumed. Although the practice was banned in the 1950s and kuru...
  • MSNBC Host's False Attack Leads To Threats Against Conservative

    08/14/2009 12:39:38 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 24 replies · 1,599+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | 8/14/09 | Rich Noyes
    On her MSNBC show last night, the left-wing Air America host Rachel Maddow took a swipe at the conservative Shirley & Banister Public Affairs firm, specifically President & CEO Craig Shirley. Maddow accused Shirley of being behind a grassroots Web site funded by the group Grassfire.org, based on research provided by the "independent watchdog group Public Citizen," and she showed still images from an incendary "Obama=Hitler" video that's still posted on the Grassfire's ResistNet.com Web site. BUT MADDOW WAS WRONG. THE PUBLIC CITIZEN WEB PAGE SHE CITED IS SEVERAL YEARS OLD. Shirley & Bannister hasn't represented Grassfire.org since 2004, and...
  • Sent to me from a friend - Hillarious

    05/27/2009 10:19:14 AM PDT · by Brytani · 15 replies · 1,311+ views
    eMail | 05-27-2009 | Unknown
    Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately -- illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida .... not me -- I concentrate on solutions for the problems -- it's a win-win situation:  Dig a moat the length of the Mexican border.  Send the dirt to New Orleans to raise the level of the levees.  Put the Florida alligators in the moat along the Mexican border. Any other problems you would like for me to solve today? Yes! Think about this: COWSIs it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad...
  • Princeton Professor: Blacks "Pretty Excited" That "Brother" Obama Has Not Been Shot Yet (Video)

    Last night on MSNBCs Rachel Maddow show, Princeton Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell discussed President Obama's first 100 days. Harris-Lacewell, an associate professor of politics, says that even though they (Blacks) aren't supposed to really say it out loud, Blacks are "pretty excited that Barack Obama has not been shot at in his first 100 days." Then she goes on to proclaim that most African Americans who have achieved Obama's level of success typically have often been subject to violence. Obama's level of success? I'm sorry, but exactly how many Black Presidents have there been in America again? Umm... I'm 99% sure...
  • Unsafe Food - More Broken Promises

    Buck stops with you Mr. Resident. Did you hear about the USDA's broken promise on your nightly Communist News Network? I did not and it seems now that the the "One" has been installed as The Resident suddenly it seems lots of things have changed now issues that were oh so hot just months ago that now go largely ignored like the loss of our privacy in phone conversations the attempt to hide the loss of internet freedom from your Big Bro now the latest lie. I came across this article that another promise is being broken one that can...
  • 'Disgusting' Doesn't Cover It (Tea Party Comments From Anderson Cooper & Rachel Maddow

    04/18/2009 12:10:31 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 73 replies · 2,966+ views
    Augusta Chronicle ^ | 4/18/2009 | Staff
    ... It's sickening, really, to see how MSNBC "covered" the nationwide tea parties on Wednesday. After providing precious little advance coverage - a good way to hold down the crowd, one supposes - they openly mocked participants, even doing so in subtly profane ways. Amazingly, anchors such as Anderson Cooper on CNN and Rachel Maddow on MSNBC snickered about the participants at the tea parties being "teabaggers" and "teabagging" knowing full well that the term is slang for a disguisting sexual act. At one point, a guest on Maddows show even explained that ...
  • Mad Cow Disease Suspected in Spanish Doctor's Death

    03/29/2009 4:16:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 528+ views
    CNN ^ | 3/29/09
    A Spanish pathologist who specialized in a human strain of mad cow disease died Saturday, and officials suspect the disease played a role in his death, officials said. The doctor was head of the anatomy pathology section at the University Hospital Principe de Asturias in Alcala de Henares, outside of Madrid, according to the Madrid regional government's health office. He died Saturday night, at the hospital where he worked, officials said. The doctor's name was not released at the request of his family. Several samples have been sent off for testing, the office said, but results are expected to take...
  • Blood Test for 'Mad Cow' Disease May Be Near

    01/30/2009 6:48:32 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 664+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2009
    A simple, inexpensive DNA blood test may be able to detect "mad cow" disease in live cattle months before they show any clinical signs of the disease, according to a Canadian-led team of researchers. Currently, BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) can only be diagnosed by testing brain samples from dead animals. The ability to test live animals could have a huge impact on beef inspection worldwide. This test may also be able to detect Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in elk. University of Calgary scientists and colleagues in Germany analyzed 16 BSE-infected and non-infected cattle and 19 CWD-infected and non-infected elk, and...
  • Rachel Maddow Says Chris Matthews Isn't Liberal, 'He'd Get Torn Apart' by Air America Fans

    01/30/2009 10:43:31 AM PST · by TexasCajun · 27 replies · 1,017+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 30, 2009 - 09:13 ET | Tim Graham
    Long-time CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewed radical MSNBC host Rachel Maddow for the website Wow-o-wow.com and Maddow demonstrated her ultraliberalism by denying Chris Matthews was a liberal (just a "Democrat"), and insisting "If Chris Matthews had an Air America radio show, he’d get torn apart by our listeners...I wouldn’t put Chris and my politics in the same canoe. " While Stahl insisted that MSNBC is trying to be the "un-Fox network," Maddow claimed it’s not really liberal, it’s just trying to "find hit shows."
  • Angela Davis: Prisons perpetuate oppression of minorities (Open with extreme caution!)

    01/30/2009 3:53:06 AM PST · by Past Your Eyes · 65 replies · 2,039+ views
    The Union Leader ^ | January 30, 2009 | CLYNTON NAMUO
    DURHAM – After the inauguration of the first black president, America is now on the precipice of changes that were never before possible, 1960s radical turned academic Angela Davis told a crowd of hundreds at the University of New Hampshire last night. The vestiges of slavery, colonization and exploitation remain rife throughout America, as is evidenced by the over-representation of minorities in prison, Davis said. The prison population, now estimated to be one in 100 adult Americans, only contributes to the oppression of minorities, she said. It is a pattern seen across the country, even in New Hampshire, Davis said....
  • Maddow Gets Her Own MSNBC Show

    08/19/2008 5:48:34 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 205+ views
    The Washington Post (excerpt) ^ | August 19, 2008 | Howard Kurtz
    Excerpt- ~ snip ~ The liberal commentator and Air America host, who has become a breakout star for the cable channel during this campaign, is taking over the 9 p.m. slot following Keith Olbermann, who she often subs for on "Countdown." Olbermann broke the news in what he called a "fully authorized leak" this afternoon on the left-wing Web site Daily Kos. Dan Abrams, the former MSNBC general manager who had been hosting "Verdict" at that hour, will continue as NBC's chief legal correspondent and will be a daytime anchor for MSNBC. ~ snip ~
  • 2 deaths in Spain linked to mad cow disease--authorities

    04/12/2008 5:06:49 PM PDT · by bd476 · 6 replies · 434+ views
    2 deaths in Spain linked to mad cow disease--authorities Agence France-Presse First Posted 23:18:00 04/07/2008 MADRID--Two people have died in central Spain after contracting the human form of mad cow disease, regional authorities said Monday, in what would be the first such cases in the country in three years. "Two people are dead from Creutzfeld-Jacob Disease (vCJD)," the human variant of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, said a spokeswoman for the health department in the central Castilla-Leon region. One of them died on December 28 and the other on February 7, she said. Spanish national radio...
  • State tests will seek cause of Portsmouth woman's death (Possibly variant CJD or Mad Cow Disease)

    04/12/2008 5:06:36 PM PDT · by bd476 · 31 replies · 71+ views
    The Virginia-Pilot and Hampton Roads.com ^ | April 11, 2008 | By Nancy Young
    State tests will seek cause of Portsmouth woman's death By Nancy Young The Virginian-Pilot April 11, 2008 PORTSMOUTH The Virginia Department of Health should have test results back in several months that will determine whether a young woman who died Wednesday had a rare brain disorder that has been linked to mad cow disease. Health department officials stressed again Thursday that they were looking into a range of disorders. The 22-year-old woman, identified in media reports as Aretha Vinson, died at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center. She had been suffering from encephalopathy, a degenerative brain condition that can be...
  • Transmitting Prion Diseases In Milk

    04/08/2008 3:02:59 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 100+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-8-2008 | BMC Veterinary Research
    Transmitting Prion Diseases In Milk ScienceDaily (Apr. 8, 2008) — Scrapie can be transmitted to lambs through milk, according to new research. The study provides important information on the transmission of this prion-associated disease and the control of scrapie in affected flocks. Scrapie is a fatal neurodegenerative disease of sheep and goats. Clinical signs include itchiness, head tremor, wool loss and skin lesions as well as changes in behaviour and gait. Timm Konold and colleagues from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency in Weybridge, UK, investigated the transmission of scrapie by feeding milk from scrapie-affected ewes to lambs that are genetically susceptible...
  • Your Lipstick: Made With Cow Brains

    02/19/2008 2:50:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 41 replies · 184+ views
    Netscape News ^ | 2-19-08 | unattributed
    Here's the bad news: Cow brains may be an ingredient in your lipstick. The good news? The FDA is banning it. The Food and Drug Administration has told cosmetics makers they can no longer use brain and spinal cord tissue from older cattle in lipstick, hair sprays, and other products, reports The Associated Press. The fact that they were used at all will likely surprise millions of women who use these products daily. And that's not the only surprise: The new FDA regulations still allow use of these animal tissues in cosmetics as long as they come from younger cattle.
  • Humorous but very true

    10/04/2007 7:58:27 AM PDT · by Eagles Talon IV · 12 replies · 1,040+ views
    Subject: THREE THINGS TO PONDER Three Things to Ponder: 1. Cows 2. The Constitution 3. The Ten Commandments 1. Cows Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that, when investigating Mad Cow disease. Our government can track a single cow born in Canada almost three years ago, right to the stall where she sleeps in the state of Washington? And, they tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are Unable to locate 11 million illegal aliens wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow. 2. The Constitution They keep talking...
  • Why you shouldn't eat your mother (Prions)

    09/24/2007 6:21:25 AM PDT · by Renfield · 4 replies · 135+ views
    We live in the age of the prion, says New York writer DT Max in his introduction to this neat little medical whodunit. The claim sounds worthy of a car advert. You are never alone with a prion. That sort of thing. In fact, the prion is a strange, non-living infectious agent whose behaviour was widely disputed until US medical researcher Stanley Prusiner confirmed its existence in a series of elegant experiments that won him a Nobel Prize for physiology in 1997. Now, most scientists accept prions are responsible for a range of modern curses: mad cow disease, the fatal...
  • South Korea Suspends US Beef Imports

    08/02/2007 2:41:16 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 266+ views
    AP ^ | Thursday August 2, 1:12 am ET
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea has effectively suspended U.S. beef imports over mad cow concerns after a recent shipment was found to have contained banned parts, a news report said Thursday. The Agriculture Ministry said it halted quarantine inspections of American beef shipments Wednesday after finding a banned vertebral column in a recent shipment, Yonhap news agency reported. Without such inspections, the beef cannot be brought to market. The banned part is considered a "specified risk material" that could carry mad cow disease. South Korea shut its doors to American beef in December 2003 after mad cow disease...
  • Don’t Cry Over rBST Milk

    06/28/2007 10:59:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 644+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 29, 2007 | HENRY I. MILLER
    MILK occupies a special place in our lives and language. It has been dubbed “nature’s most perfect food,” and we speak sentimentally of the “land of milk and honey” and the “milk of human kindness.” But things are turning sour for consumers of milk. The average price of a gallon of milk nationwide is up 37 cents since January, to $3.47. Strong demand and limited ability to increase production quickly are expected to increase prices more, and experts have speculated that the price per gallon could reach a record $5 by year’s end. High feed costs associated with the ramping...
  • US on mad cow disease: Don't test all cattle

    05/30/2007 12:41:36 PM PDT · by Shermy · 85 replies · 4,289+ views
    AP ^ | May 20, 2007
    WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Tuesday it will fight to keep meatpackers from testing all their animals for mad cow disease . The Agriculture Department tests less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. But Kansas-based Creekstone Farms Premium Beef wants to test all of its cows. Larger meat companies feared that move because, if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they might have to perform the expensive test, too. The Agriculture Department regulates the test and argued that widespread testing could lead to...
  • Judge: Government must allow meatpackers' tests for mad cow

    03/31/2007 8:41:03 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 34 replies · 1,490+ views
    Mohave Daily News ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2007
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government must allow meatpackers to test their animals for mad cow disease, a federal judge ruled Thursday. Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, a meatpacker based in Arkansas City, Kan., wants to test all of its cows for the disease, which can be fatal to humans who eat tainted beef. Larger meat companies feared that move because if Creekstone tested its meat and advertised it as safe, they could be forced to do the expensive test, too. The Agriculture Department currently regulates the test and administers it to less than 1 percent of slaughtered cows. The department...
  • Virus may be the cause of mad cow

    01/30/2007 11:36:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies · 704+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7:13 PM PST, January 30, 2007 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
    Mad cow disease and other related brain disorders may be caused by a virus and not the weird, misshapen proteins, known as prions, that scientists think are responsible, according to a study published Tuesday. Researchers reported that they found virus-like particles in mouse nerve cells infected with two brain-wasting diseases similar to mad cow disease, but found no traces of the particles in uninfected cells. Lead author Dr. Laura Manuelidis, a neuropathologist at Yale University, said the finding suggested that prions in infected brains were the result of a viral infection and not the cause of the disease. "We found...
  • Could Genetic Engineering Eradicate Mad Cow Disease?

    01/02/2007 7:31:55 PM PST · by indcons · 17 replies · 412+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 02 Jan 2007 | Catharine Paddock
    dozen calves that don't have prions - the infectious proteins that cause mad cow disease. The research project is reported in the online journal Nature Biotechnology. Preliminary tests suggest that the brains of the genetically engineered calves are immune to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease). The scientists verified this by trying to infect post mortem brain tissue from two of the 20-month old calves with prions, but the tissue remained healthy. This follows a long process using donor cattle cells in which the gene known to trigger the production of prions was "switched off". The cells were...
  • Mad Cow Breakthrough? Genetically Modified Cattle Are Prion Free

    01/01/2007 11:44:31 AM PST · by Brilliant · 7 replies · 547+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 1, 2007 | USDA/Agricultural Research Service
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have announced initial results of a research project involving prion-free cattle. ARS scientists evaluated cattle that have been genetically modified so they do not produce prions, and determined that there were no observable adverse effects on the animals' health. "These cattle can help in the exploration and improved understanding of how prions function and cause disease, especially with relation to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE," said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of ARS. "In particular, cattle lacking the gene that produces prions can help scientists test the resistance to prion propagation, not...
  • Tainted Spinach Traced to California (Organic Food Grower--Earthbound Farm)

    09/15/2006 11:22:16 PM PDT · by Aussiebabe · 200 replies · 7,367+ views
    AP ^ | 9/16/2006 | Andrew Bridges
    Tainted spinach traced to California By ANDREW BRIDGES, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 43 minutes ago WASHINGTON - A California natural foods company was linked Friday to a nationwide E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and sickened nearly 100 others. Supermarkets across the country pulled spinach from shelves, and consumers tossed out the leafy green. Food and Drug Administration officials said that they had received reports of illness in 19 states. Twenty-nine people have been hospitalized, 14 of them with kidney failure. The outbreak was traced to Natural Selection Foods, a holding company based in San Juan Bautista,...
  • New approach to BSE successful in lab

    12/01/2006 8:13:57 PM PST · by annie laurie · 6 replies · 422+ views
    Eurekalert.org ^ | 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...
  • Prions Present a Positive Side (stem cells)

    02/03/2006 12:04:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 501+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 30 January 2006 | Jennifer Couzin
    Scientists have long eyed an enigmatic protein called PrP as the culprit behind deadly prion diseases, including "mad cow" disease. Now they've identified one of its functions in healthy animals: helping certain stem cells in bone marrow divide and survive. It's not clear what the find means for the protein's behavior in the brain, but prion experts say that uncovering any function for PrP is a big step forward. PrP is found throughout the body, and it's especially abundant in the brain. In rare cases, PrP can misfold and clump together, potentially leading to fatal prion diseases. But scientists have...
  • 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...
  • Human mad cow epidemic 'could be bigger than feared'

    06/23/2006 5:20:00 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 17 replies · 1,008+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Friday June 23, 2006 | David Batty and agencies
    Far more people in the UK could be infected with the human form of mad cow disease than originally estimated, scientists warned today. The true prevalence of the condition might not become apparent for decades because variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) probably has a much longer incubation period than originally thought, the researchers said. The scientists believe the time between infection with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), so-called mad cow disease, and developing vCJD could be more than 50 years. They warned that recent estimates of the size of the vCJD epidemic could be "substantial underestimations".
  • 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...
  • New mad cow case confirmed in B.C.

    04/16/2006 6:06:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 314+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Apr. 16, 2006 | NA
    CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA — Federal officials have confirmed a new case of mad cow disease — the fifth in Canada since screening began three years ago. A six-year-old dairy cow from British Columbia tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Sunday. The cow from a Fraser Valley farm was identified through the national BSE surveillance program when it began having trouble walking. “That’s how it caught the eye of the farmer and the vet,” food agency spokesman Alain Charette said Sunday. Officials say no part of the animal entered the human food or...
  • New evidence questions the simple link between prion proteins and vCJD

    03/31/2006 10:15:55 PM PST · by Perdogg · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Journal of Pathology ^ | 03/30/06 | staff
    While newly published research confirms that under laboratory circumstances prion-protein can be absorbed across the gut, it also shows that this is unlikely to occur in real life. In addition, the results show that the places in the gut that do take up these disease-associated proteins are different from the locations where infectivity is known to be amplified. The findings will be published in the Journal of Pathology. Since the outbreak of BSE in cattle and vCJD in humans, scientists have struggled to make sense of how an abnormal variation of a normal protein can trigger an infectious disease. Some...
  • 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...