prion disease

noun

Definition of prion disease

: any of a group of spongiform encephalopathies that are caused by prions and that include bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, scrapie, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

called also transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

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Recent Examples on the Web The claim originates from a paper (likely not peer-reviewed) published earlier this year that asserts the mRNA component of the vaccine causes prion disease. Miriam Fauzia, USA TODAY, "Fact check: COVID-19 vaccine not associated with neurodegenerative disease," 17 Sep. 2018 Neither approach appears likely to work for prion disease. Scientific American, "The Married Researchers Racing to Stop Prion Disease," 29 Feb. 2020 People who have suffered from prion diseases will not be eligible. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, "Everything You’re Afraid to Ask About Human Composting," 26 Aug. 2019 Inspired by the success in Huntington’s, Vallabh and Minikel’s team has partnered with Ionis to, it is hoped, develop ASO therapies for prion diseases. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Antisense Drugs for Huntington’s, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments," 15 Aug. 2019 Unlike the situation with the camel prion disease, BSE doesn’t easily jump from animal to animal. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Camels in Africa may have been quietly spreading prion disease for decades," 26 Apr. 2018 Once the prions were passed to cows, the cows developed a prion disease of their own (mad cow disease). Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 Mad cow disease, for example, is a prion disease that rooted from scrapie, a deadly disease that afflicts sheep. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Scientists worry brain-wasting ‘zombie deer’ disease could spread to humans," 25 May 2018 Reaching back to the 1980s raises some eyebrows, linking to the timing of another prion disease epidemic. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Camels in Africa may have been quietly spreading prion disease for decades," 26 Apr. 2018

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1986, in the meaning defined above

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prion disease

noun

Medical Definition of prion disease

: any of a group of spongiform encephalopathies that are caused and transmitted by prions and that include bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, fatal familial insomnia, Gerstmann-Sträussler-Scheinker syndrome, kuru, scrapie, and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

called also transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

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