SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) – Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, or CJD, is a devastating disease that takes away your life before it eventually ends it. A group at UCSF is one of the few teams in the country working towards a cure.
“We call CJD the great mimicker because, particularly early on, it looks like a lot of other neurological or psychiatric diseases,” said Dr. Michael Geschwind of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.READ MORE: Report: Seresto Flea and Tick Collars Linked To Pet Illnesses, Deaths, Human Side Effects
Dr. Michael Geschwind describes the difficult to diagnose affliction as similar to Alzheimer’s, but in fast forward.READ MORE: Prosecutors: Woman Charged In Mountain View Anti-Asian Attack Spit On Man Having Lunch
“Most people only live less than a year with this disease from first symptom to death. So it’s very rapid. I’ve seen some patients who have died in a matter of weeks,” he said.
The decline is constant but unpredictable. Most doctors have never seen a case of CJD – only about 300 people are diagnosed with it each year in the U.S. There are three different kinds-genetic, acquired and sporadic, has which means they don’t know how someone gets it. Because CJD is so rare, the research doesn’t get the money of AIDS or Cancer.MORE NEWS: Update: Ghost Ship Fire Victims Families Angrily Address Defendant Derick Almena
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