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Friday, July 7, 10:14am News Highlights

BBC News (Internet / TV) 07/07/06 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/5153590.stm A blood test to detect the human form of mad cow disease before it causes symptoms is a step closer, say experts. Spanish and US scientists have found a way to detect infection in hamsters before the animal shows signs... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:13am News Highlights

Bloomberg.com (Internet / TV) 07/07/06 http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=afD7Xw8OmXbc&refer=canada A technique for identifying abnormal proteins in hamsters may lead to the first human test for the fatal brain-wasting illness caused by mad cow disease, researchers said. Blood tests... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:13am News Highlights

ABC Australia (Internet / TV) 07/07/06 http://abc.net.au/science/news/health/HealthRepublish_1681124.htm Tests in hamsters suggest it may be possible to develop a blood test for mad cow and related diseases in both humans and animals before they develop symptoms, researchers report. The study,... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:12am News Highlights

London Telegraph (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/07/06/ubse.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/07/06/ixnews.html Scientists are a step closer to developing a blood test for the human form of mad cow disease - thanks in part to hamsters. Researchers revealed... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:10am News Highlights

London Telegraph (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/07/07/ncjd07.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/07/07/ixuknews.html A test has been developed that offers the first real hope that scientists will be able to identify early those people carrying the human form... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:09am News Highlights

Science Magazine (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/313/5783/92 Prions are thought to be the proteinaceous infectious agents responsible for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). PrPSc, the main component of the infectious agent, is also the only... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:08am News Highlights

Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4029953.html The head of the University of Texas Medical Branch predicted that its plan to cut 1,000 jobs will require about 720 people to be laid off, with other reductions coming through attrition and... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:06am News Highlights

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 (no weblink available) The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston ranked within the top 50 of U.S. hospitals in two categories in the annual U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Hospitals” listing. Out of 5,189 hospitals evaluated,... more »

Friday, July 7, 10:02am News Highlights

Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 07/07/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=3ac18e610e945acc A breakthrough by a local research team could illuminate one of medicine’s darkest secrets by exposing how many people could unknowingly be infected with the human form of mad... more »

Thursday, July 6, 2:46pm News Highlights

Houston Chronicle (Internet / Print) 07/06/06 http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/4027228.html The concerns and challenges of being a caregiver are the focus of two free presentations this month. Diana Reed, a geriatric social work supervisor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at... more »

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