What wider impact has BSE had?

The lingering and painful deaths of 160 young people from variant CJD since 1995 has been a tragedy for them and their families. It is, however, at the very lowest end of earlier predictions about the size of this epidemic and for perspective compares with 45,000 deaths, many of children and young people, from road…

Why has the human epidemic of BSE been so small?

Most cases of BSE have been in older dairy cows and almost all of the infective material is concentrated in the brain, spinal cord, spleen, tonsils and other so-called specified bovine offal (SBO). This means that steaks and joints of muscle meat from young beef cattle have always been an unlikely source of infection. Cheap…

What caused the BSE epidemic?

The infective agent is called a prion and is a normal brain protein that has changed shape and cannot be broken down in the brain (and is also very heat resistant). When this prion comes into contact with normal brain protein it causes it to also change its shape and the accumulation of this abnormally…

*Video* Dr Geoff Webb: Dietary supplements and Functional Foods

Dr Geoff Webb was interviewed by Faculti about his book on Dietary supplements and Functional Foods published by Wiley-Blackwell. Thanks to the guys at Faculti! Interested in what you see? Dr Geoff is always keen to check out opportunities to talk about nutrition. Contact him via his blog, twitter or email: drgeoffnutrition@gmail.com Don’t forget to…