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My personal obsession with prion diseases with smidges of music I like and rescue dog advocacy from a disabled Oregonian.

5.31.2016

Monday's a dog. (Scooter is up for adoption via)


5.23.2016

Monday's a dog (up for adoption. via)

Mysterious Brain Wasting Disease Found In Europe



A highly contagious and deadly animal brain disorder has been detected in Europe for the first time. Scientists are now warning that the single case found in a wild reindeer might represent an unrecognized, widespread infection.
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was thought to be restricted to deer, elk (Cervus canadensis) and moose (Alces alces) in North America and South Korea, but on 4 April researchersannounced that the disease had been discovered in a free-ranging reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) in Norway. This is both the first time that CWD has been found in Europe and the first time that it has been found in this species in the wild anywhere in the world.  LINK

5.21.2016

The Mysteries Of Prions..Now Found In Plants

Why these misfolded clumps of proteins are found in plants will lead to many more questions about degenerative illnesses in mammals.


Prions, the misfolded proteins that are known for causing degenerative illnesses in animals and humans, may have been spotted for the first time in plants.
Researchers led by Susan Lindquist, a biologist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, report that they have found a section of protein in thale cress (Arabidopsis) that behaves like a prion when it is inserted into yeast.  LINK

5.16.2016

Monday's a dog. [via]

5.12.2016

Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure (Classic Queen Mix)


Are You Almost Homeless Like Me?  "Pressure...Puts People On The Streets"



5.09.2016

Monday's a dog. (My mother and her Jack Russell terrier, 1950's)

4.25.2016


Monday's a dog.  (Little Rascal's Petey and my rascal Sera.)

4.12.2016

Monday was a dog.

My beautiful Jack Russell terrier-boxer mix, Sera from last spring.

4.08.2016

Leven met NPS / Living with NPS

                                                            Nail-Patella Syndrome                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
I was recently investigated for being a malingerer, someone who fakes or exaggerates their disability.  Nail Patella Syndrome is complex, an invisible illness and exhausting.  

3.21.2016


Monday's a dog. 

3.14.2016

Monday's a dog. 

3.11.2016



Rex Jakabosky has passed from this life and has gone to his eternal life with his Lord and Savior.
 “Ramblin” Rex was born in Upland California. As a young man, his love of music was clear and he pursued his passion throughout his life. He sang, played piano, guitar, harmonica, which he learned from his grandmother, the trumpet and just about anything he got his hands on. While they were in high school together in Lancaster, California, he met and played with Frank Zappa, who later formed the group, The Mothers of Invention and and Henry Vestine, one of the original members of Canned Heat.  LINK

3.10.2016

 Want your McBSE with fries?


Food and Drug Administration's new guide for feeding farm animals has no legally binding components but provides "guidelines" for safe feeding.



This guidance is intended to help animal producers develop procedures and practices to ensure the use of safe feed in animal production. It applies to all feed offered to farm animals,whether the feed is obtained from commercial suppliers, or produced on the farm. It also applies to products consumed by animals during pasture grazing, pre- or post- harvest grazing, free-rang.....LINK

3.07.2016


To the right is a picture of my shadow on Thanksgiving day 2015, holding my shawl out.  I knew that picture reminded me of something and I came across this Eagles album cover recently.
Monday's a dog.  (Sera attacking the sprinkler and getting her teeth cleaned.)

3.01.2016

Monday was a dog. (Sera and playmate)

2.15.2016

Environmental Contamination From Prions


Can Mad Cow disease be contracted from the environment?  Possibly.

Various studies have shown that infectious prions can enter the environment through saliva, feces, urine, blood, or placenta from infected animals, as well as by decaying carcasses LINK
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Monday's A Dog (Beautiful Pyrenese Mix Roxie)

2.10.2016

Bumper Sticker Sitings

Why Yes As A Matter Of Fact I Am A Rocket Scientist

The Closer You Get The Slower I Go

Scientists Do It Repeatedly

Jeeps Are Cute Barbie Drives One

Got Science?

My Dog For Mayor

Jesus Is Coming Look Busy

Clear Cut Wall Street

Need More Gun Control?  Try Using Two Hands

Horn Broken, Watch For Finger

A Good Hunter Doesn't Need An Assault Rifle

If You're Going To Ride My Ass At Least Pull My Hair

More Trees Less A$$holes

TUIF, Thank Unions It's Friday

Frankly Dear, I don't Want A Dam

2.08.2016

Monday's a dog.  (Ann and Sera)

2.02.2016

Monday was a dog.  (via UberPuppy)

1.18.2016

Monday's a dog.

1.14.2016

Methodology For Detecting Prions In Vitro


Because Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is so rare, any assay for the disease must have near-perfect specificity. A problem with both cycling assays is that PrPC converts into oligomers and fibrils in the absence of PrPSc. Additional work is needed to address this problem. Nevertheless it is possible that these assays could one day lead to earlier diagnosis and treatments, if the latter become available.  LINK

And I Quote "Eating Brains Is Not A Good Idea"


The Pennsylvania Game Commission confiscated deer brains and other deer parts from a Lititz restaurant earlier this month, according to state inspectors.
The brains, heads, muscle meat and other parts were taken after New China House's operator couldn't provide documentation the meat was from an approved source, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. While farm-raised venison may be sold legally, it’s illegal to sell game animals killed by hunters, according to officials.       
         [...]
   The deer parts were thrown out, Logan Hall, a department spokesman, said Thursday. Inspectors returned for follow-up inspection the next day and found 14 more deficiencies. They included an unidentifiable pig organ on premise, which the operator's wife said was her lunch, according to the inspection report. It was discarded.  LINK
Urp.  







1.12.2016

Surprise:  Grass Can Uptake And Bind With Chronic Wasting Disease Prions


According to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston  grass plants can bind, uptake and transport infectious prions. Why this is so important takes some understanding of what prions are.
Much smaller than bacteria, prions are single proteins that cannot be destroyed by typical “kill strategies” such as extreme heat or ultraviolet light.
“With prions, nothing like that works,” said Claudio Soto, Ph.D., a UTHealth researcher and lead author of an article about the topic published May 26, 2015, in Cell Reports.
These protein-based infectious agents cause the characteristic spongy degeneration of the brain, leading to emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions, and death. As such, they are responsible for a group of fatal diseases referred to as transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE). The group includes so-called “mad cow disease” (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE) in cattle, scrapie in sheep, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, which, according to the World Health Organization, has been “strongly linked” to eating beef products contaminated with central nervous system tissue, such as spinal cord and brain, from cows infected with mad cow disease.
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Would you like your McBSE with fries?

1.11.2016

7 Cases Of Chronic wasting disease in White tail Texan Deer Bred In Captivity For Hunting Industry



People may have eaten potentially infected deer.

There have now been seven cases of the fatal disease reported in Texas.  LINK

These deer were bred in captivity to use as game for the huge multi-million dollar hunting industry in Texas.

Chronic Wasting Disease in Texas Deer Could Potentially Harm Hunting Industry


State officials moved quickly. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, working with the Texas Animal Health Commission, set up new rules limiting when and how breeders could move deer, and began requiring more testing, which requires killing the deer to obtain brain tissue samples.
“They want you to kill the herd and test them for just in case,” said deer breeder Mike Wood. “That makes no sense…. I said I’m just not going to do it.”
 But as the late fall openings of white-tailed deer seasons approach, many in the industry are chafing under the new rules, claiming the state has overreacted and might do more harm to their livelihoods than the disease itself.   LINK


 

A Disease Similar to Mad Cow Disease, CJD, Was Found In A Captive Texas Deer in the Summer of 2015.


According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the white-tailed deer came from a facility in Medina County south of San Antonio. It died early last month, and tested positive for the disease this week.
This is the first case of chronic wasting disease detected in a captive white-tailed deer in Texas, according to the department.
Chronic wasting disease is similar to mad cow disease, which eats away at the brain.  LINK
Monday's a dog.