Clinical Trends for January 2017

Ryan Syrek

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January 27, 2017

Clinical Trend of the Week (January 7-13): Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

A new study out of Texas resulted in this week's top search term. Researchers at the McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston reported a method of detection that would allow for noninvasive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, as well as a means to identify contamination of donated blood. The method, which involves a protein misfolding cyclic amplification assay, had 100% specificity and sensitivity in blood samples from patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease. Although further testing is needed, this process may allow for earlier diagnosis of a disease that can lay silent in the body, and no doubt resulted in the increase in searches on this subject.

For more information on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, read here.

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