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study shows how chronic wasting disease spreads in wisconsin


madison, wis. — a study has shed light on how chronic wasting disease is spreading through wisconsin.wisconsin public radio (http://bit.ly/2pmjbzv ) reports the student from the u.s. geological survey studied chronic wasting disease data from 2002 to 2014 and developed more accurate system to predict how the fatal brain disease found in deer could advance in an area of southwestern wisconsin near the wisconsin river.katherine richgels, applied wildlife health research branch chief for the national wildlife health center, says researchers found several factors linked to the disease's spread. she says it's more likely to spread through denser forests and that river corridors seem to block it.the study found the disease spreads twice as fast in those areas compared to other types, such as agr






2 deer with chronic wasting disease from mineral point farm


madison, wis. — two deer found with chronic wasting disease at a waupaca county hunting range came from a mineral point farm, which has now been quarantined, according to the state department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.the wisconsin state journal reports that state veterinarian paul mcgraw announced that the two 4-year-old bucks came from a breeding farm that has 110 white-tailed deer. the deer had been moved to the ranch in september and showed no signs of the disease.both of the bucks were tested for chronic wasting disease after they died; one was killed by a hunter and the other euthanized after injury.the hunting ranch is quarantined but still open because properly handled dead animals leaving the premises do not pose a risk of spreading the disease.






2 deer with chronic wasting disease from mineral point farm


madison, wis. (ap) — two deer found with chronic wasting disease at a waupaca county hunting range came from a mineral point farm, which has now been quarantined, according to the state department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.the wisconsin state journal reports that state veterinarian paul mcgraw announced that the two 4-year-old bucks came from a breeding farm that has 110 white-tailed deer. the deer had been moved to the ranch in september and showed no signs of the disease.both of the bucks were tested for chronic wasting disease after they died; one was killed by a hunter and the other euthanized after injury.the hunting ranch is quarantined but still open because properly handled dead animals leaving the premises do not pose a risk of spreading the disease.most read s






chronic wasting disease found in buck on winona county farm


st. paul, minn. (ap) — animal health officials say routine testing has discovered chronic wasting disease in a 3-year-old white-tailed buck from a winona county farm.the minnesota board of animal health said wednesday it confirmed the results with the u.s. department of agriculture. the state board already has quarantined the herd and begun its disease investigation.board officials say they have 10 years of records on the registered herd, which has a good history of chronic wasting disease surveillance.the farm’s current herd inventory is seven adult white-tailed deer. the board will track movements of deer into and out of the herd within the last five years.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weekschronic wasting disease is fatal to deer and elk, and there are no known tre






7 deer test presumptive positive for chronic wasting disease


st. paul, minn. — wildlife managers say preliminary tests show that seven deer shot in a pocket of southeastern minnesota may be infected with chronic wasting disease.hunters shot the suspect deer near preston in southeastern minnesota's disease management zone, where 11 other deer tested positive last year.test results on deer shot near but outside that zone aren't available yet. so, the department of natural resources said in a statement wednesday, it hasn't been determined whether the disease has spread beyond the zone.three of the deer were shot in forestville-mystery cave state park, which is west of the core disease area but still in the management zone.lou cornicelli, the dnr's wildlife research manager, says it's not clear whether that indicates a westward expansion of the disease






chronic wasting disease creeps up amid deer season


springfield, mo. (ap) — the missouri department of conservation is searching for chronic wasting disease as hunters prepare for opening weekend of the november firearms deer season. the springfield news-leader reports that missouri’s deer hunting season starts nov. 11 and runs through nov. 21. hunters are reminded there are mandatory procedures they need to follow if they harvest a deer on the season’s opening weekend in counties that are part of the department’s cwd management zone.the department said chronic wasting disease infects deer and other members of the cervidae family. it’s a neurological disease that can be passed from one deer to another. the disease is 100 percent fatal to cervids.symptoms of the disease include excessive salivation, drooping head, tremors, emaciation and lac






tests show no spread of chronic wasting disease in minnesota


minneapolis — tests found no chronic wasting disease in more than 11,000 deer shot by hunters in north-central, central and southeastern minnesota this fall, and officials say it gives them confidence that the fatal brain disease has not spread beyond a small pocket in the southeast corner of the state.the department of natural resources ordered the precautionary testing in north-central and central minnesota this fall after the disease was found in captive deer on farms in in crow wing and meeker county.the testing also found no spread of the disease beyond the state's designated disease management zone near preston in southeastern minnesota, where cwd was already known to exist in wild deer. tests from that zone found six confirmed and one suspected case, which is down from 11 last seaso






study shows how chronic wasting disease spreads in wisconsin


madison, wis. — a study has shed light on how chronic wasting disease is spreading through wisconsin.the student from the u.s. geological survey studied chronic wasting disease data from 2002 to 2014 and developed a more accurate system to predict how the fatal brain disease found in deer could advance in an area of southwestern wisconsin near the wisconsin river, wisconsin public radio (http://bit.ly/2pmjbzv ) reported.katherine richgels, applied wildlife health research branch chief for the national wildlife health center, said researchers found several factors linked to the disease's spread."cwd seems to be moving in association with some of our landscape features," richgels said. "it's more likely to move through denser forests, and it seems to be blocked to some degree by the river co






tests show no spread of chronic wasting disease in minnesota


minneapolis — tests found no chronic wasting disease in more than 11,000 deer shot by hunters in north-central, central and southeastern minnesota this fall, the department of natural resources said monday, giving wildlife managers some confidence that the fatal brain disease has not spread beyond a small pocket in the southeastern corner of the state."that's good news," said lou cornicelli, the dnr's wildlife research manager.the dnr ordered the precautionary, mandatory testing in parts of north-central and central minnesota this fall after the disease was found in captive deer on farms in crow wing and meeker counties. the negative findings in those regions will allow the dnr to scale back the surveillance areas next fall to ones closer to the affected farms.however, the dnr plans to add






kurdish independence referendum passes - la times


the election commission for iraq's kurdish region says a referendum on independence from baghdad has been approved by more than 90% of voters.the nonbinding vote is unlikely to lead to formal independence, and has escalated long-running tensions with baghdad. iraq and its neighbors, along with virtually the entire international community, are staunchly opposed to any redrawing of the map.hendrin mohammed, the head of the commission, announced the official results at a press conference wednesday, saying the referendum passed with 92.73% support and turnout of more than 72%.the vote was held across the autonomous kurdish region's three provinces as well as in some disputed territories controlled by kurdish security forces but claimed by baghdad.captionthe la times is in mexico to assess the






suspects in warehouse fire that killed 36 plead not guilty


two men have pleaded not guilty in connection with a fire that killed 36 people in an illegally converted northern california warehouse.derick almena and max harris entered pleas wednesday to 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter each.prosecutors say the two men turned the oakland warehouse into a deathtrap when they turned it into a housing and entertainment venue.the 47-year-old almena leased the warehouse, and prosecutors say 27-year-old harris helped rent living space and organize for-profit concerts.both men lived in the warehouse along with several other tenants when a fire engulfed the structure in december during a musical performance that dozens attended.the suspects' lawyers say the responsibility for the fire should be determined with lawsuits in civil court rather than with cri






ore. wildlife biologists testing deer, elk for fatal disease


bend, ore. — the oregon department of fish and wildlife has established testing stations where hunters can submit deer and elk carcasses to be tested for chronic wasting disease.no cases have been reported in oregon, but wildlife biologist greg jackle tells the bulletin newspaper that the department isn’t taking chances. chronic wasting disease is not treatable, and is always fatal for deer and elk.another odfw wildlife biologist, corey heath, says the contagious disease is found in pockets across the continent, from the mountain west to central pennsylvania.infected animals often travel to lower elevations, bringing them closer to roads and putting them at a greater risk of getting hit by a passing car.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.___information from: the bull






extra firearms deer hunts scheduled in 2 michigan counties


lansing, mich. (ap) — the michigan department of natural resources says additional firearm deer hunts are scheduled for ionia and montcalm counties to help with chronic wasting disease surveillance.the special hunting seasons are scheduled for jan. 4-7 and jan. 11-14.the hunts will take place on public and private land in easton, ionia, keene, lyons, north plains, orleans, otisco and ronald townships in ionia county; and in bloomer, bushnell, crystal, day, evergreen and ferris townships in montcalm county.baiting will not be allowed during the extended seasons.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.participating hunters will be required to turn in heads of harvested deer within 72 hours for chronic wasting disease testing.chronic wasting disease is a fatal neurological i






2 malaysian boys charged with murder in islamic school fire that killed 23


two malaysian teenagers have been charged with murder after being accused of intentionally setting a fire at an islamic boarding school that killed 23 people, mostly students. prosecutor othman abdullah said thursday that no plea was taken from the two boys and the magistrate set a hearing for nov. 28. the accused boys are minors but he couldn't immediately provide their exact ages. because of their age, they will not face a possible death penalty. they were among seven teenagers detained days after the sept. 14 blaze for allegedly using cooking gas tanks and petrol to set fire to a dormitory on the school's top floor because the students there had teased them. the blaze blocked the lone exit to the dormitory, trapping students behind barred windows. captionthe la times is in mexico to ass






science says: how repeated head blows affect the brain


chicago — researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. the suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports.as a new nfl season gets underway, here's a look at what's known — and what still needs to be learned — about the condition:what's new?the largest report to date on chronic traumatic encephalopathy included 202 brains from football players at the youth, college and professional level, all donated post-mortem to a boston brain bank. cte was detected in all but one of the 111 nfl players studied, 90 percent of the college players and 20 percent of the high school players. it was absent in two younger players' brains.a previous report






1 dead, 1 hurt in rockfall at yosemite national park's el capitan


one person was killed and another injured in a rock slide at a popular climbing destination in yosemite national park wednesday afternoon, officials said.the rockfall occurred just before 2 p.m. on the east buttress of el capitan, a granite monolith above yosemite valley, according to the national park service. officials said the release point appears to have been the climbing route known as the waterfall route.park rangers were taking the injured person to a hospital while a helicopter hovered above to assess the situation. the size of the rockfall was not immediately clear.yosemite national park remained open to visitors.captionthe la times is in mexico to assess the earthquake’s damage and look for lessons for california. hurricane maria left san juan residents without power, water or w






1 dead, 1 hurt in rockfall at yosemite national park's el capitan


one person was killed and another injured in a rock slide at a popular climbing destination in yosemite national park wednesday afternoon, officials said.the rockfall occurred just before 2 p.m. on the east buttress of el capitan, a granite monolith above yosemite valley, according to the national park service. officials said the release point appears to have been the climbing route known as the waterfall route.park rangers were taking the injured person to a hospital while a helicopter hovered above to assess the situation. the size of the rockfall was not immediately clear.yosemite national park remained open to visitors.captionthe la times is in mexico to assess the earthquake’s damage and look for lessons for california. hurricane maria left san juan residents without power, water or w






officials suspect second case of chronic wasting disease


bozeman, mont. (ap) — officials suspect a second deer killed in south central montana may have been infected with chronic wasting disease.the bozeman daily chronicle reports montana fish, wildlife and parks announced tuesday that a sample from the deer killed by a hunter south of belfry has been sent to a lab at colorado state university for testing.it is the second deer in the last week to be suspected of having the potentially fatal disease.the disease affecting deer, elk and moose is caused by infectious proteins that can lead to organ damage and can ultimately decimate populations.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeksit is unknown if it can harm humans.officials say they are expecting the test results from the first deer this week.state officials are confident the t






science says: how repeated head blows affect the brain


chicago (ap) — researchers are tackling fresh questions about a degenerative brain disease now that it has been detected in the brains of nearly 200 football players after death. the suspected cause is repeated head blows, an almost unavoidable part of contact sports.as a new nfl season gets underway, here’s a look at what’s known — and what still needs to be learned — about the condition:what’s new?the largest report to date on chronic traumatic encephalopathy included 202 brains from football players at the youth, college and professional level, all donated post-mortem to a boston brain bank. cte was detected in all but one of the 111 nfl players studied, 90 percent of the college players and 20 percent of the high school players. it was absent in two younger players’ brains.most read st






aaron hernandez had severe cte; daughter sues nfl, patriots


boston — former new england patriots star aaron hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on thursday. his lawyer announced a lawsuit against the nfl and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.dr. ann mckee, the director of the cte center at boston university, said hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders ."we're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of aaron's age," attorney jose baez said.hernandez killed himself in april in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. baez said hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression th






setting fire to spare deer from death


across a growing swath of north america, animals are dying from a wasting disease caused by a deformed protein they ingest called a prion. the best way to stop its spread may be to set fires.mark d. zabel wants to set some fires.zabel and his colleagues are developing plans to burn plots of national park service land in arkansas and colorado. if the experiments turn out as the researchers hope, they will spare some elk and deer a gruesome death.across a growing swath of north america, these animals are dying from a mysterious disorder called chronic wasting disease. it’s caused not by a virus or bacterium, but a deformed protein called a prion.when ingested, prions force normal proteins in the animal’s body to become deformed as well. over the course of months, prions can gradually wreck t






aaron hernandez's brain showed 'severe' case of cte; daughter sues nfl, patriots


former new england patriots star aaron hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, his lawyer said on thursday in announcing a lawsuit against the nfl and the team for hiding the true dangers of the sport.dr. ann mckee, the director of the cte center at boston university, said hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders ."we're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of aaron's age," attorney jose baez said.hernandez killed himself in april in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. baez said hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could be attributed to cte."w






aaron hernandez's brain showed 'severe' case of cte; daughter sues nfl, patriots


former new england patriots star aaron hernandez had a severe case of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, researchers said on thursday. his lawyer announced a lawsuit against the nfl and the team, accusing them of hiding the true dangers of the sport.dr. ann mckee, the director of the cte center at boston university, said hernandez had stage 3 (out of 4) of the disease, which can cause violent mood swings, depression and other cognitive disorders."we're told it was the most severe case they had ever seen for someone of aaron's age," attorney jose baez said.hernandez killed himself in april in the prison cell where he was serving a life-without-parole sentence for murder. baez said hernandez had shown signs of memory loss, impulsivity and aggression that could b






disease found in dead deer in 8 west virginia counties


south charleston, w.va. (ap) — deer in eight west virginia counties have died from a disease that causes extensive bleeding.the state division of natural resources says in a news release that epizootic hemorrhagic disease was confirmed in the deer found in boone, brooke, hancock, lincoln, marshall, ohio, tucker and wayne counties.the disease has also been confirmed this year in kentucky, ohio, pennsylvania and virginia.the dnr says it is not contagious to humans and is not related to chronic wasting disease, which has been detected only in hampshire and hardy counties.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.dnr game management chief gary foster says midges that spread the disease are killed when frost arrives.landowners and hunters are urged to report sick or dead deer to






dangerous unproven treatments for 'chronic lyme disease' are on the rise


an increasing number of americans with medically ambiguous symptoms are being misdiagnosed with "chronic lyme disease" and prescribed dangerous and often expensive treatments that do not work, according to a new report.in some instances, patients have died after receiving intensive, long-term and inappropriate courses of intravenous antibiotics that led to septic shock. in other cases, misdiagnosis caused dangerous delays in treatment of a patient's actual underlying condition.these incorrect diagnoses have existed for years. but public health officials and clinicians say they are alarmed because of the increasing severity and scope of some treatments in recent years, said christina nelson, a medical epidemiologist and author of a report released thursday by the centers for disease control






fred mcneill, former nfl player, tested for cte while still alive


researchers have identified the degenerative brain disease known as cte in a living person, according to a case report published this week in the medical journal neurosurgery.the case offers a potential breakthrough in better understanding chronic traumatic encephalopathy — a disease that has become a central issue for the long-term cognitive health of professional football players and athletes in other contact sports.the paper’s lead author, bennett omalu, told an audience last month in san francisco that physicians discovered cte in fred mcneill when the former minnesota vikings linebacker died in 2015.omalu said the autopsy confirmed the findings of cte testing he had conducted on mcneill in 2012. mcneill, who played 12 nfl seasons after starring at ucla, died from complications of als 






chronic wasting disease detected in a deer on southeastern minn. farm


a troubling disease has been discovered in a deer that was among a herd on a southeastern minnesota farm, state regulators said wednesday.chronic wasting disease (cwd) was detected in a three-year-old whitetail buck during routine testing of the farm in winona county, according to the minnesota board of animal health, which confirmed the results with the u.s. department of agriculture.the board has quarantined the herd and begun its investigation into its finding of the fatal disease, the agency said.cwd is a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein that can damage brain and nerve tissue.the disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed the protein in saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues.the 10 years of records the board has






wasting disease detected in second deer on southeastern minnesota farm


chronic wasting disease (cwd) has been identified in a second whitetail deer on a southeastern minnesota farm, state regulators said friday.the five-year-old buck is the second deer to have been detected with cwd at a winona county farm, according to the minnesota board of animal health, which confirmed the results with the u.s. department of agriculture.last month, the board detected the disease in a three-year-old whitetail buck during routine testing at the same farm. the board had quarantined the herd and begun its investigation into its finding of the fatal disease, the agency said.cwd is a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein that can damage brain and nerve tissue.the disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed the protein i






wasting disease detected in second deer on southeastern minnesota farm


chronic wasting disease (cwd) has been identified in a second whitetail deer on a southeastern minnesota farm, state regulators said friday.the five-year-old buck is the second deer to have been detected with cwd at a winona county farm, according to the minnesota board of animal health, which confirmed the results with the u.s. department of agriculture.last month, the board detected the disease in a three-year-old whitetail buck during routine testing at the same farm. the board had quarantined the herd and begun an investigation into its finding of the fatal disease, the agency said.cwd is a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein that can damage brain and nerve tissue.the disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed the protein in






chronic wasting disease detected in a deer on a southeastern minnesota farm


a troubling disease has been discovered in a deer that was among a herd on a southeastern minnesota farm, state regulators said wednesday.chronic wasting disease (cwd) was detected in a three-year-old white-tailed buck during routine testing of the farm in winona county, according to the minnesota board of animal health, which confirmed the results with the u.s. department of agriculture.the board has quarantined the herd and begun its investigation into its finding of the fatal disease, the agency said.cwd is a disease of the deer and elk family caused by an abnormally shaped protein, which can damage brain and nerve tissue. the disease is most likely transmitted when infected deer and elk shed the protein in saliva, feces, urine and other fluids or tissues.the 10 years of records the boa






north hollywood man pleads guilty to beating his parents to death in 2012


a 30-year-old north hollywood man pleaded guilty tuesday to charges that he beat both of his parents to death in 2012, prosecutors said.jonathan mercado bludgeoned his 47-year-old mother, veronica, and 51-year-old father, alexandro, in september 2012, police said at the time. he was arrested after his mother’s body was found wrapped in a sheet in the back of an abandoned pickup in sun valley, according to the lapd.police later found his father’s body inside the family’s radford street home.mercado pleaded guilty to two counts of murder with special circumstances and will be sentenced to 42 years in state prison early next year, according to a news release issued by the los angeles county district attorney’s office.mercado was living with his parents and two younger siblings at the time of






can chronic wasting disease jump from deer to humans? concerns keep rising


fatal human brain condition in the same family as cwd is showing up more often nationally.        






mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day


mike adamle was holding court.in the kitchen of his evanston home, he was waving his arms, telling jokes like a late-night host, reciting an old football poem he wrote, “the ballad of special teams,” and rattling off phrases in spanish, russian and korean.adamle, a retired nbc5 sports anchor and former bears running back, doesn’t seem like someone who’s exhibiting the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the crippling brain disease that has affected many football players.but the mike adamle who can command a room is just the surface.adamle’s neurologist, michael smith of rush university medical center, said adamle has post traumatic epilepsy, which is “caused by sort of a bruising of the brain, and that happens with concussions.”“he has had behavioral changes, he has had mood chan






mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day


mike adamle was holding court.in the kitchen of his evanston home, he was waving his arms, telling jokes like a late-night host, reciting an old football poem he wrote, “the ballad of special teams,” and rattling off phrases in spanish, russian and korean.adamle, a retired nbc5 sports anchor and former bears running back, doesn’t seem like someone who’s exhibiting the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the crippling brain disease that has affected many football players.but the mike adamle who can command a room is just the surface.adamle’s neurologist, michael smith of rush university medical center, said adamle has post traumatic epilepsy, which is “caused by sort of a bruising of the brain, and that happens with concussions.”“he has had behavioral changes, he has had mood chan






mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day


mike adamle was holding court.in the kitchen of his evanston home, he was waving his arms, telling jokes like a late-night host, reciting an old football poem he wrote, “the ballad of special teams,” and rattling off phrases in spanish, russian and korean.adamle, a retired nbc5 sports anchor and former bears running back, doesn’t seem like someone who’s exhibiting the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the crippling brain disease that has affected many football players.but the mike adamle who can command a room is just the surface.adamle’s neurologist, michael smith of rush university medical center, said adamle has post traumatic epilepsy, which is “caused by sort of a bruising of the brain, and that happens with concussions.”“he has had behavioral changes, he has had mood chan






mike adamle's struggle and his crusade: 'i can feel the decline every single day


mike adamle was holding court.in the kitchen of his evanston home, he was waving his arms, telling jokes like a late-night host, reciting an old football poem he wrote, “the ballad of special teams,” and rattling off phrases in spanish, russian and korean.adamle, a retired nbc5 sports anchor and former bears running back, doesn’t seem like someone who’s exhibiting the symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the crippling brain disease that has affected many football players.but the mike adamle who can command a room is just the surface.adamle’s neurologist, michael smith of rush university medical center, said adamle has post traumatic epilepsy, which is “caused by sort of a bruising of the brain, and that happens with concussions.”“he has had behavioral changes, he has had mood chan






trump mexico wall will destroy lives, berlin mayor warns


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the mayor of berlin warned mr trump that walls can "destroy the lives of millions" berlin mayor michael mueller has urged us president donald trump "not to go down the road of isolation" with his planned border wall with mexico.mr mueller warned such divides cause "slavery and pain" and would "destroy the lives of millions".the german city was divided by the berlin wall from 1961 to 1989.mr mueller's statement e as mr trump and mexican president enrique pena nieto agreed to "work out their differences" over the issue. the planned wall was one of mr trump's key election paign pledges, but it has cast a shadow over the us's relationship with its neighbour.mr pena nieto has repeatedly stated that mexico will not pay for the wall and has condemned a us