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From: TSS ()
Subject: Research Not A Waste Of Money
Date: July 17, 2006 at 6:39 am PST

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Research Not A Waste Of Money

A breakthrough by a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch could illuminate one of medicineís darkest secrets by exposing how many people could unknowingly be infected with the human form of mad cow disease. One reader said the test was a waste of money.

In regard to Leigh Fordeís letter (The Daily News, July 10):

Study On Mad Cow Disease Doesnít Deserve Praise

A breakthrough by a research team at the University of Texas Medical Branch could illuminate one of medicineís darkest secrets by exposing how many people could unknowingly be infected with the human form of mad cow disease.

The University of Texas Medical Branch is wasting taxpayer money developing its prion test.

Less then 150 people have died of mad cow disease in the last decade. Thatís less than 15 people per year.

Our health care system fails to spend its money to benefit the largest number of people.

Leigh Forde Seattle, Wash.


http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=f4c7bd9585ac1eaf

I disagree whole-heartedly.

My mother died right here, and UTMB autopsied her along with Case Western Reserve University and confirmed an exceedingly rare strain of sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease, i.e., the Heidenhain Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob disease.

As we speak this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a new study about a new strain of atypical Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy in the bovine called Bovine Amyloidotic Spongiform Encephalopathy that is not similar to the New Variant Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease United Kingdom strain in humans, but is very similar to the sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease.

The last two documented mad cow cases in Alabama and Texas are Atypical Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy.

Sporadic Creutzfeldt Jakob disease in the United States has tripled in recent years, with unknown strains being documented.

Scrapie in sheep and goats, and chronic wasting disease in deer and elk are running rampant in the United States, with three new cases of chronic wasting disease right at our doorsteps, documented in New Mexico last month.

Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease being misdiagnosed as Alzheimerís disease is another important factor.

Also, this agent has and will wreak havoc in the long term.

So, again, I disagree, and in fact, I think the money allocated is only a drop in the bucket to a disease that is incubating in a great many of us due to the fact that most of us have already been exposed in one way or the other, and the fact the disease can incubate up to 50-plus years.

Terry S. Singeltary Sr. Bacliff


http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=d9a961304ae8c6e6





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