Skip to comments.Creutzfeldt-Jakob Is One Of The World's Most Deadly Diseases, And There's No Way To Treat It
Posted on 06/18/2016 3:59:52 PM PDT by nickcarraway
After dozens of tests and scans, youre sitting across from your doctor, and he sighs. Brain cancer, he tells you, and your heart drops. Depending on the type of tumor, your chances of survival could be quite reasonable or nearly hopeless. But the percentage he gives you even if its as depressing as 20, 15, or 10 percent represents a fighting chance. There are surgeries to remove tumors, and if yours is inoperable, theres still chemotherapy. You could take corticosteroids. Unless a cancer is in its final stages, doctors have multiple strategies they may employ, and that means theres hope.
This is more than can be said for some other diagnoses.
Some diseases, whether they occur spontaneously, are transmitted through the blood or fecal matter, or come encoded in our genes, have baffled scientists for centuries. And not in the way that weve been unable to cure cancer these illnesses have thwarted us in such a profound manner that we have yet to come up with a single treatment that even slows them down. Here is a look at once such sickness, sometimes called the human variant of mad cow: Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
Without any known treatment, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease will invariably take the life of anyone who contracts it. Pixabay Public Domain
1. POISONOUS PROTEINS
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is one class of conditions that spreads through prions, refolding proteins that disrupt signaling processes and cause progressive neurodegeneration. Researchers dont totally understand them yet, which is a large reason theyre impossible to treat. Though its the most common kind of prion disease in humans, CJD is still quite rare: It shows up in about one out of every million people.
People acquire CJD in a few different ways, but most often it appears randomly. Sporadic CJD accounts for around 85 percent of cases, and researchers have hypothesized the disease begins when normal prions mutate into the infectious, specially folded prions. This can also happen because of hereditary factors, such as a tendency toward changes in the gene that controls normal prion formation. CJD can also come from outside sources, usually exposure to infected brain tissue or spinal cord fluid or to contaminated surgical equipment. The disease cannot spread through the air or any other casual contact.
Since the vast majority of CJD cases occur with no warning and without any contamination, there isnt much anyone can do to avoid it. The disease usually develops later in life, around age 60, but some variations can crop up as early as a persons 20s.
2. RAPIDLY PROGRESSIVE
In a sick person, CJD looks a lot like other neurodegenerative disorders like Huntingtons disease and Alzheimers. The condition consists of exclusively brain-related symptoms: hallucinations, personality changes, impaired thinking, and difficulty speaking or moving. As things progress, the mental impairment becomes severe dementia, and patients experience muscle jerks and even blindness. Unfortunately, there is no single test that can tell CJD from other neurodegenerative diseases, so doctors have to resort to more Dr. House-like diagnostic measures.
Tests including electroencephalogram and MRI can give doctors a better idea whats going on in the brain, and a spinal tap can help rule out other forms of dementia. While there are some specific electrical patterns in the brain that can indicate CJD, the only way to confirm a diagnosis is to actually perform a biopsy. Of course, autopsies work too and since CJD can kill in months or even weeks, sometimes its the only way clinicians know what went wrong. Most people die within six months of the appearance of initial symptoms, and only around 15 percent live to see two years.
There is no way to even slow the progression of the disease. Pixabay Public Domain
3. NO CURE
During this time, the best doctors can do is try to alleviate any pain or suffering the patient feels. There is no way to cure or even slow the disease. This isnt for lack of trying. Researchers have tested antibiotics, steroids, and antiviral agents. A team from the University of California, San Francisco gave an antimalarial drug called quinacrine a shot, only to find no real difference in mortality between test and control groups. Another group of researchers screened certain drugs and identified characteristics in astemizole favorable for a possible treatment.
The future of therapeutic intervention in CJD should begin with the identification of novel compounds with strong antiprion effects, wrote the authors of one 2014 study. These need validating in animal models of disease before their use in humans. The use of more than one model of prion infection should also be encouraged.
Its a daunting task, but researchers arent giving up the fight to cure Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and other, equally scary prion conditions. There are studies and trials underway, and any one of them could provide a clue as to how we take the disease down for good.
Another disease that involves prions is fatal familial incoming. Kuru is also one that is a variant of CJD that involves eating human CNS tissue. It was found amongst the cannibal tribes of New Guinea
“The condition consists of exclusively brain-related symptoms: hallucinations, personality changes, impaired thinking, and difficulty speaking or moving. “
Oh.... is that what Hillary has ?
[[Kuru is also one that is a variant of CJD that involves eating human CNS tissue. It was found amongst the cannibal tribes of New Guinea]]
Syrian Muslims infected with Kuru, a disease of cannibals
It has been found amongst the JV team too.
This is the human form of mad cow disease. It can be transferred from the meat of diseased cows to humans. If you remember, it was big in Britain a few years back.
Does the disease occur in vegan’s?
I’ve read that basically dead animals were rendered down to get the protein then it was fed to animals mixed in with their feed. This protein was also fed to deer and elk by game management. The prions are a missed shaped protein molecule.
I tend to hate many vegans because they preach a militant forced morality rather than their life style health benefits.
There are a few causes for concern. One is prions are everywhere, in feces and seawater to name a couple. Marine mammals seem to be especially vulnerable. Caregivers of Alzheimer patients are seven times more likely to come down with the disease compared to the general population.
It is worse than that. They take over vegan discussion groups and turn it into an animal rights dogma discussion. That video was too kind.
and don’t vote D
My best friends husband died from CJD at age 50. It was so sad watching a mans man completely debilitated. It progressed from diagnosis to death within 2 years.
Most of CJD appears randomly without contamination. Most doctors think it is hereditary.
? can you site a supporting document?
I posted that my best friends husband died from it. Too late. Thanks.
Saw something on 60 Minutes a while back about Doctor’s using the Polio Virus to treat Brain Tumors.
Don’t know if it is specific to a certain kind of Tumor, but the treatment worked in many cases.
Hubby’s younger brother died in 8 months after contracting this horrid disease, he had visited his dentist just before coming down with it, and then we learn his Dentist died of the same thing.
Now the entire family is barred from blood donating. That kind of tells you it can be contagious.
I am sorry to hear that. If your friend could benefit from the knowledge of the Dr that successfully treats it, let me know. As for me,I was told my degenerative disc disease was uncurable: I got rid of it in 3 months.
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