Navigation Links
Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise
Date:12/22/2014

SUNDAY, Dec. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new vaccine created to fight an illness similar to "mad cow disease" in deer might also protect livestock and even humans from similar brain infections, researchers report.

The vaccine appears to help prevent deer from becoming infected by the incurable brain disorder known as chronic wasting disease, according to the report in the Dec. 21 online edition of the journal Vaccine. Chronic wasting disease is caused by mysterious infectious particles known as prions that go rogue.

Prion infections are also thought to cause horrific human diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (including the strain behind mad cow disease), kuru (a condition that affects cannibals who eat human brain), and fatal familial insomnia (an inherited condition that leads to increasing sleeplessness and death), the researchers said.

"Now that we have found that preventing prion infection is possible in animals, it's likely feasible in humans as well," senior study investigator and neurologist Dr. Thomas Wisniewski, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said in an NYU news release.

Chronic wasting disease is common in North America's captive deer and in the wild. The disease also affects elk, caribou and moose, and scientists fear it could spread to livestock, especially cattle.

If further research confirms the vaccine's effectiveness, the study authors hope they can vaccinate a small number of animals, maybe 10 percent, and stop overall transmission of the disease, according to the news release.

For this study, the researchers gave five deer the vaccine, while another six received an inactive placebo. All of the deer were exposed to prion-infected brain tissue.

Monitoring over two years showed that all of the deer given the placebo developed chronic wasting disease. Four deer given the real vaccine took significantly longer to develop infection -- and the fifth one is infection-free, the researchers said.

"Although our anti-prion vaccine experiments have so far been successful on mice and deer, we predict that the method and concept could become a widespread technique for not only preventing, but potentially treating many prion diseases," said lead study investigator Fernando Goni, an associate professor at NYU Langone, in the news release.

More information

For more about chronic wasting disease in deer, see the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance.

SOURCE: NYU Langone Medical Center, news release, Dec. 21, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Approves Cervical Cancer Vaccine That Covers More HPV Strains
2. Actor James Van Der Beek Voices Support for Vaccines with Mediaplanet’s “Fight Against the Flu” Campaign
3. Breast Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
4. How Flu Vaccines Can Impact Families Is Discussed in New Article from Community Health Center of Snohomish County
5. Early Trial Promising for Ebola Vaccine
6. Whooping Cough Vaccine Seems Safe in Pregnancy, Study Finds
7. Newer Pneumonia Vaccine for Kids Beats Older Version: Study
8. Vaccine for Hepatitis C Inches Closer to Reality
9. FDA Approves New Vaccine to Protect Against Meningitis
10. Common Childhood Vaccine Cuts Superbug Infection: Study
11. Scientists Aim to Improve Vaccines Against Bird Flu
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Vaccine for Deer Against 'Mad Cow'-Like Illness Shows Promise
(Date:8/19/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... Western University of ... and education to launch the University’s new Center for Innovation on Wednesday, September 6, ... Education Center Lecture Hall 1, followed by a technology exhibition from 1 to 3 ...
(Date:8/19/2017)... ... , ... Curl Keeper® is excited to announce that the H2O Water Bottle ... for the second year in a row. The H2O Bottle, a refillable ultra-fine spray ... Moisturizer for Type 2 Wavies and Best Refresher for Type 2 Wavies in 2017. ...
(Date:8/19/2017)... Orlando, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... August 19, 2017 ... ... that Taufiq Ahmed, M.D., has joined its Orlando location as an interventional pain ... in anesthesiology, a focus on the treatment of migraine headaches, and significant experience ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August ... ... For Immediate Release                Contact: Julian Teixeira, August 18, ... Sex and Relationship Advice from their Fathers , Contrary ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... Mediaplanet today announces ... active, healthy lifestyles and highlighting the importance of proactive eye and ear health. ... shares the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. , In this issue, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/15/2017)... 2017  AOTI Inc. announced today that its fully owned ... opened a New York City Office in Yonkers, New ... Topical Wound Oxygen (TWO 2 ) homecare therapy. This new East ... Health Care (ACHC) under the company,s DMEPOS accreditation for Home/Durable Medical ... Advanced Oxygen ...
(Date:8/10/2017)... -- Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN), acquired the long-standing outpatient rehabilitation clinic, ... . The reputable clinic will continue to be co-owned and ... staff of four clinicians. Lipkin received his doctorate in physical ... years of experience with a strong background in manual therapy. ... 10th PRN clinic in and around the Denver ...
(Date:8/7/2017)... Aug. 7, 2017 Insightin Health, provider ... retention, and engagement, announced the selection of ... Product Development, effective as of February 2017. In this ... implementation strategy for our clients. Wood brings with ... consulting and business analytics within the healthcare industry. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: