Archive for November 24, 2008

Italian Researcher Tells Audience at K-State That Work in Animal Models Suggests a Variant of Mad Cow Disease May Be Transmissible to Humans.

Source: MarketWatch
MANHATTAN, KS, Nov 24, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) — The classical form of mad cow disease and a variant manifest themselves differently, but research suggests that the variant may also be transmissible to humans, according a researcher speaking at Kansas State University.
Cristina Casalone presented “BSE and BASE: An Update” at the Emerging Infections: A Tribute to the One Medicine, One Health Concept symposium on Nov. 14 at K-State. The conference drew nearly 150 researchers from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East to the K-State campus.
K-State is among the finalists for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, a federal center for animal health. The symposium’s major sponsors included the Heartland BioAgro Consortium, which is leading an effort to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas, as well as the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
Casalone’s presentation addressed studies to assess whether bovine amyloidotic spongiform encephalopathy, often called BASE, is caused by a transmissible prion strain different from the one that causes classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy or BSE. She said that BASE and BSE differed in several ways, including incubation time. Data suggest that BASE has at least the same animal and human health risks as classical BSE, she said.
The symposium was led by Juergen Richt, the Regents Distinguished Professor of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology at K-State and Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar. In September, Richt and colleague Mark Hall of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, published research findings that showed a genetic mutation can cause bovine spongiform encephalopathy — also called BSE or mad cow disease.

First let me say my thoughts and prays go out to the victim of the senseless act, Mrs. Bailey. Now with that said the jerk that attacked her deserves far more that a whack on the head with a frozen turkey. No doubt about it Fred Irwin should be nominated to the dumbest criminal hall of fame.

The man stole money from a BP gas station at Ten-Ten Road and US. Highway 401 shortly before noon, Garner police said. He then crossed Ten-Ten Road to the parking lot of a Harris Teeter store and approached Irene Moorman Bailey, who was loading groceries in her car.

Witnesses told police that the man started beating Bailey in the face, trying to get her keys.

“The lady was being beaten on the ground. She was lying on the ground, and the guy was on top of her – physically hitting her,” shopper Randy Owens said.

Bystanders intervened and hit the man in the head with a frozen turkey that Bailey had bought, police said.

Officers found Fred Ervin, 30, in Bailey’s car, Fuquay-Varina police said. Ervin was taken to WakeMed with a serious head wound. He was listed in fair condition Monday morning.

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Source: The Economic Times

As many as 22 American banks have collapsed this year so far, even as the banking giant Citigroup, led by Indian-American, Vikram Pandit, struggled this week to save itself from becoming number 23 in this fast growing long list.

On Friday, three US banks collapsed with two of them being in California and the third one in Georgia.

The two California banks which were shut down Friday are Downey Savings and Loan of Newport Beach and PFF Bank and Trust of Pomona. The 12.78 billion Downey, The Wall Street Journal, said is the third largest bank to fall this year. Topping the list is $307 billion Washington Mutual.

In Georgia the Community Bank of Loganville closed down.

With little signs of improvement, The Wall Street Journal said regulators expect more failures during the remaining part of this year and next year, as “rotting real estates and other loans continue to weigh down bank balance sheets.”

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