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What You Should Know About Blood Cell Cancer
Information about multiple myeloma (blood cell cancer), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Does PERRLA Mean in Eye Exams?
What PERRLA means in medicine and when it's used.
What Are the Symptoms of Sarcoidosis?
Information about sarcoidosis, including its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Must-Know Facts About Leprosy
Article describes leprosy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Understanding the Basics of Genetic Disorders
Information about what genes, DNA, chromosomes, proteins, mutations, and the human genome are, and how they relate to each other.
Overview of Glioma, a Type of Brain Cancer
An overview of glioma, a type of brain cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and areas of research regarding treatment.
Scleroderma
Information about the different types of scleroderma, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Information about idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, also called immune thromobocytopenic purpura, including the types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
6 Things to Know About a Bone Marrow Transplant
A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to remove, filter, and replace stem cells in the same person or given to another person.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Information about myelodysplastic sydrome (MDS), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Understanding Cancers of the Blood Cells
Information about different types of blood cell cancers, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
What Researchers Have Learned about ALD, the...
Information about adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and the movie Lorenzo's Oil.
What Is A CT Scan?
Description of what a CT (computed tomography) scan is, what it is used for, and how it is done.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Article describes ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What You Should Know About the Estimated 200...
Information about how many types of dwarfism there are, and the main types, with links to more information.
Myasthenia Gravis
Information about myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
What Is Polycythemia Vera?
An overview of polycythemia vera, a rare bone marrow disease involving an overproduction of red blood cells.
What is Cystic Fibrosis
An overview of cystic fibrosis, including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and research on the genetic disease.
Hematologist-Oncologist
Definition of hematologist-oncologist
What You Should Know About the Rain Man's...
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What was the movie "Lorenzo's Oil" about?
Information about the movie. Rare Diseases.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Developing Foot Gangrene
The feet of a person, who is developing gangrene, infected with bubonic plague. Page 10.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Hand Gangrene
Picture of gangrene in the hand caused by bubonic plague. Page 11.
What Is a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel?
Describes what a metabolic workup is and how it might be used in diagnosis of an illness or disease.
Pictures of Bubonic Plague
During the Middle Ages, bubonic plague , known as the "Black Death," killed thousands of people. Bubonic
An Overview of Spina Bifida
Information about the types of spina bifida, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Essential Thrombocythemia
Article describes essential thrombocythemia, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Information about sickle cell anemia including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Article describes hidradenitis suppurativa, its symptoms, and treatment.
Glioma Treatment Research
Article describes glioma, a type of brain cancer, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and areas of research regarding treatment. Page 2.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Information about Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) including who gets it, the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Granulomas: The Body Issue Behind Sarcoidosis
The body produces granulomas as a way to block out irritants it is unable to ward off. Learn the definition of granuloma and how it relates to certain diseases.
The Effects of Having an Extra Copy of...
An overview of Patau syndrome, or Trisomy 13, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Foot Gangrene
Foot gangrene caused by bubonic plague. Page 15.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Article describes Guillain-Barre syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Kawasaki Syndrome
An overview of Kawasaki syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is the Cat Eye Syndrome Genetic Birth...
Information about the genetic birth defect called cat eye syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
An Interesting Look at President Lincoln's Health
The debate about whether U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had Marfan syndrome.
Antiphospholipid Syndrome
An overview of the autoimmune disorder, antiphopholipid syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Mycosis Fungoides
An overview of mycosis fungoides, a type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hemolysis
Definition of hemolysis. Rare Diseases.
Aplastic Anemia
Article describes aplastic anemia, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Happens During An Echocardiogram?
Information about what happens during an echocardiogram.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Cat
Cats are highly susceptible to plague infection and frequently die of the disease. Page 12.
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
An overview of the types of cutaneous T-cell lyphomas (CTCL), their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, including orphan drug treatments.
Primordial Dwarfism
Information about primordial dwarfism, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia?
Information about Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM), a white blood cell cancer, including risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
When Does Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Occur?...
Information about RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), also known as CRPS, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Chromosome 16 Disorders
Article describes some of the disorders of chromosome 16, such as trisomy 16, and lists their symptoms.
Multiple System Atrophy
Article describes multiple system atrophy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bone Marrow Failure
Definition of what bone marrow failure is.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Flea Killer
Picture of permethrin-treated cotton. The cotton is collected by rats and brought back to their nests. Page 16.
Wegener Granulomatosis
Article describes Wegener granulomatosis, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is Trisomy 18?
An overview of Trisomy 18, a chromosomal disease also called Edwards syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Lissencephaly
Information about lissencephaly, including its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Why the Elephant Man Stumped Physicians for 100...
Article looks at the medical findings in the case of Joseph Merrick, known as The Elephant Man.
Thalassemia: Old Diseases, New Research
Article describes the different types of thalassemia, their symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments.
The Deadly Effects of Mad Cow Disease in Humans
An overview of mad cow disease (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease) in humans including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Seizure
Definition of what a seizure is. Rare Diseases.
Turner Syndrome
Article describes Turner syndrome, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Article describes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Cat in a Burrow
Picture of a cat finding shelter in a burrow. Page 13.
What You Need to Know about Angelman Syndrome
Understanding Angelman syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes a characteristic appearance of being happy all of the time.
Basics of Human Genetics
Information about human genetics, including what genes and chromosomes are, how diseases are inherited, genetic testing, newborn genetic testing, gene therapy, and genetic counseling.
Did You Know the Bubonic Plague Still Exists?
Information about bubonic plague, including its symptoms, how it's spread, diagnosis and treatment.
Reye's Syndrome
Information about Reye's syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Article describes Prader-Willi syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Dermatomyositis
Article describes dermatomyositis, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Interstitial Cystitis
Information about interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
Hypopituitary Dwarfism
Information about growth hormone deficiency (hypopituitary dwarfism), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Gitelman Syndrome
Information about Gitelman syndrome, an inherited kidney disease, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Information about xeroderma pigmentosum, an inherited disease that causes sun sensitivity, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Happens During a CT Scan?
Description of what a CT scan is and what happens during the procedure.
How Genetic Disorders Are Inherited
Information about the different ways that genetic disorders are inherited, including autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and more.
Mitochondrial Disease
Article describes mitochondrial disease, its symptoms, and treatments.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Arm Bleeding
Picture of the arm of a person with bubonic plague, showing bleeding under the skin. Page 19.
What Is a DNA Test?
Information about what a DNA test is, how it's done, and why it is done.
What Is Genetic Testing?
Information about what genetic testing is, the different kinds of genetic tests, why people get genetic tests and where to get them.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Weasel
A weasel can have fleas that carry bubonic plague bacteria. Page 17.
MMIH Syndrome
Information about megacystis microcolon intestinal hypoperistalsis syndrome (MMIH), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Dog Blood Test
Taking a blood sample from a dog to test for plague infection. Page 14.
What Is Christmas Disease?
Article describes hemophilia, its history and discovery, hemophilia A (classic hemophilia) and hemophilia B (Christmas disease), and their treatment.
Stiff Person Syndrome
Information about stiff person syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome
Article describes opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Article describes Munchausen syndrome by proxy, its diagnosis, effects, and treatment.
Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)
Information about Hurler syndrome (MPS I), including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Your Guide to Understanding Albinism
Article describes the types of albinism which occur most often, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
VACTERL Association
Information about VACTERL association (a group of birth defects that occur together), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Facts About Smallpox Disease
Article describes smallpox disease, including symptoms, the U.S. vaccination program, and issues about its use as a biological weapon.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Flea Powder
Using flea powder to kill fleas on pets helps control the spread of bubonic plague. Page 9.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Setting Rat Traps
A man setting traps for rats during a plague study. Page 18.
Seckel Syndrome
Information about Seckel syndrome, a form of primordial dwarfism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome
An overview of Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome, a genetic error of chromosome 4, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Malignant Melanoma
Article describes malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Josh Ryan Evans and Achondroplasia
Article discusses actor Josh Ryan Evans and achondroplasia, including the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder.
What is Lorenzo's Oil?
Information about what Lorenzo's oil is and what it is used for.
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)
Information about neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Neurofibromatosis
Information about the different types of neurofibromatosis (NF), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Wilson's Disease
Information about Wilson's disease, an inherited genetic disorder of copper metabolism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Lorenzo Odone
Information about the life of Lorenzo Odone and Lorenzo's oil.
Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
Information about neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Article describes progressive supranuclear palsy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) Disease
An overview of phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited metabolic disorder, including symptoms, testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
Jerry's Kids - Muscular Dystrophy
Article provides information about the nine types of muscular dystrophy, and links to information and resources.
Prune Belly (Eagle-Barrett) Syndrome
An overview of Prune Belly syndrome (also known as Eagle-Barrett) including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Plague Bacteria
Photomicrograph of a blood smear containing Yersinia pestis plague bacteria. Page 8.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Neck Bubo
After the incubation period of 2 to 6 days, symptoms of bubonic plague appear, including severe malaise,
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Arm Bubo
After the incubation period of 2 to 6 days, symptoms of bubonic plague appear, including severe malaise,
Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber Syndrome
Information about Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome, also called Parkes-Weber syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Petechiae
Information about what petechiae are and what causes them.
Newborn Screening for Genetic and Metabolic...
Information about screening newborn infants for genetic and metabolic disorders, including how it's done and what disorders are screened for.
Idiopathic Myelofibrosis
Information about idiopathic myelofibrosis, also known as agnogenic myeloid metaplasia, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Pulmonary Hypertension
Information about pulmonary hypertension, including the different types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Pompe Disease
An overview of the inherited condition, Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Toms River Cancer Cluster Settlement
Feature article on the Toms River, NJ, cancer cluster.
What You Need to Know About the Bubonic Plague
Information and pictures about how bubonic plague is spread
Why Is Getting A Rare Disease Diagnosis So...
Here are reasons why getting a correct diagnosis for a rare disease can be a difficult, long and frustrating process.
West Syndrome
Almost any condition that can cause brain damage can cause West syndrome. The two most common causes are tuberous sclerosis and lack of oxygen during birth.
What Is a WBC?
Information about what a WBC (white blood cell count) is and why and how it's done.
Gastroschisis
Information about gastroschisis, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hunter Syndrome
Article describes Hunter syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis II), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
All About Rare Diseases
Rare diseases basic information and FAQs.
Herpes Zoster Oticus
Information about herpes zoster oticus, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Batten Disease
Information about juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, also called Batten disease, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Carpenter Syndrome
Information about Carpenter syndrome, a syndrome of genetic birth defects, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Niemann-Pick Disease: When Fat Accumulates in...
Information about the types of Niemann-Pick diseases including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
Article describes Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Einstein, Newton, and Asperger Syndrome
Article describes Asperger syndrome, and the debate about whether Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton had it.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Information about toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Flea
An adult male Oropsylla Montana flea, a carrier of bubonic plague bacteria. Page 7.
Arthrogryposis
Article describes arthrogryposis, its diagnosis, and treatment.
CHARGE Syndrome
Information about the rare, genetic birth defect known as CHARGE syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Primary Lateral Sclerosis
Information about primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
Information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing research.
What is a CBC?
Information about what a CBC (complete blood cell count) is and why and how it's done.
Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
(LMBBS) is an inherited genetic condition. Learn about its symptoms (visual impairment, obesity, extra fingers, etc), diagnosis, and treatment.
POEMS Syndrome
Information about POEMS syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What happens during an EEG?
Describes what happens during an EEG, and why this type of medical test is done.
Hereditary Angioedema
Information about the genetic disorder hereditary angioedema, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Information about osteogenesis imperfecta, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Canavan Disease
Information about the genetic disorder Canavan disease, a type of leukodystrophy that affects the brain tissue.
Eisenmenger Syndrome
Information about Eisenmenger syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Apert Syndrome
An overview of the genetic condition Apert syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Leigh's Disease
Information about Leigh's disease, an inherited metabolic disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hamburger Disease (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome)
Information about hemolytic uremic syndrome, also known as hamburger disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Kennedy Disease
Article describes Kennedy disease (also known as spinal bulbar muscular atrophy), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Positive Options for Reflex Sympathetic...
Publisher's Site Author Elena Juris states in the introduction to her book, Positive Options for Reflex
What Is a Clone?
Information about what a clone is, the different types of cloning, and how a clone is made.
Tourette Syndrome
Article describes Tourette syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
The Return of Thalidomide
Article describes therapeutic uses of thalidomide and controversy surrounding its use.
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