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Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Topic Guide
Mad Cow Disease and Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Mad cow is an infectious disease in the brain of cattle. Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is the human form of mad cow disease. Symptoms and signs include muscle spasms, lack of muscle control, and worsening problems with memory. There are no effective treatments.
Dementia Dementia is the loss of reasoning, memory, and other mental abilities. Dementia may be caused by irreversible as well as treatable causes. A variety of tests (blood tests, scans, assessment of family history) may be used to diagnose dementia. Treatment may include medication and behavioral therapy. Most cases of dementia tend to progress unless the underlying cause is treatable and reversible.