6 Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

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Creutzfelt-Jakob Disease (CJD) is a rare and fatal brain disorder that only affects about 300 US citizens a year. It usually affects people around the age of 60, and roughly 90 percent of its victims die within a year. Early symptoms include memory loss, loss of coordination, and some visual impairments. As symptoms worsen, signs of mental deterioration, spastic body movements, blindness, weakness of arms and legs, and in most cases coma will occur.  CJD is water soluble and is thought to be transmitted through contaminated meat products. Only 10% of those afflicted are genetically diagnosed. next

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