Category: disease

In 1984, an 8 year old girl with sickle cell disease developed…

In 1984, an 8 year old girl with sickle cell disease developed acute myeloid leukemia. To treat the cancer, the doctors gave her chemo and a stem cell transplant from her sibling. Not only did this cure her cancer, but it cured her SCD too. She remains disease free nearly three decades later.

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped eradicate Smallpox, and is on the…

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped eradicate Smallpox, and is on the verge of killing another disease. He’s taken Guinea Worm Disease down from 3.5 million cases a year to just 28 cases last year.

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Dr. Donald Hopkins helped eradicate Smallpox, and is on the…

Dr. Donald Hopkins helped eradicate Smallpox, and is on the verge of killing another disease. He’s taken Guinea Worm Disease down from 3.5 million cases a year to just 28 cases last year.

Photo :  Center for Neighborhood Technology / Flickr / wikimedia

Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may lose the…

Individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease may lose the ability to smell peanut butter. The “Peanut Butter Test” may offer an early indication of the disease.

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More than two-thirds of teenagers in the U.S. are…

More than two-thirds of teenagers in the U.S. are sleep-deprived. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention urged that schools should not open before 8:30 a.m.

There are underground salt mines that people visit to ease their…

There are underground salt mines that people visit to ease their asthma. Each year thousands of patients spend weeks underground to treat their respiratory diseases. Some claim the mines have a unique micro-climate that reduces symptoms for years at a time.

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Scientists tested a woman who said she could smell Parkinson’s…

Scientists tested a woman who said she could smell Parkinson’s disease. In 11/12 cases, she correctly identified whether patients had Parkinson’s. Eight months later, the twelfth patient was diagnosed with the disease, giving her a perfect record.

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A Duke University research revealed that men tolerate sleep…

A Duke University research revealed that men tolerate sleep deprivation better than women. When women don’t get enough sleep, they suffer mentally and physically. They are at high risk of developing heart disease, depression, or blood clots, while men suffer fewer consequences.

An Israeli team of researchers invented a breathalyzer that can…

An Israeli team of researchers invented a breathalyzer that can detect 17 different diseases, including two types of Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, and cancers including lung cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and ovarian cancer.

In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera…

In Victorian London, it was theorized that diseases like Cholera (which killed tens of thousands) were spread by bad-smelling air, until a scientist named Jon Snow determined water was the culprit – he became known as the father of modern epidemiology.

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