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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

CJD Diagnosis Eased

LONDON -- British scientists worried about a new variant of CJD, the human version of "mad cow" disease, say they have identified a simple technique which they expected would allow early diagnosis.

The discovery could help prevent panic if Britain faced an epidemic from people having eaten beef from cows suffering from Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, they wrote in the latest issue of the medical journal The Lancet.

In the past, confirmation that a patient has nvCJD has been possible only through a dangerous brain biopsy or a post-mortem examination. The scientists from London's Imperial College of Medicine suggested it was possible to check for nvCJD through a simple and safe procedure under local anaesthetic.