Back in September, researchers in the UK discovered that brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s may be transmissible through certain medical procedures. Skeptical scientists urged caution, but now a different set of autopsy results have shown the same thing.
Alzheimer’s is an all-too-common disease, but the vast majority of Alzheimer’s patients have never had brain surgery like that described here, where prions could be transmitted. If you’re wondering how this study is applicable to the vast majority of the Alzheimer’s population – there’s fear that these prions could be transmitted via blood transfusions, or via contaminated surgical equipment. Having worked in a hospital, such equipment is run through a sterilizer and packaged in a vacuum sealed bag to maintain sterilization.