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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 Are the Symptoms of Sarcoidosis?
Information about sarcoidosis, including its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
What Does PERRLA Mean in Eye Exams?
What PERRLA means in medicine and when it's used.
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)
Information about idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, also called immune thromobocytopenic purpura, including the types, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What is Cystic Fibrosis
An overview of cystic fibrosis, including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and research on the genetic disease.
Myasthenia Gravis
Information about myasthenia gravis (MG), an autoimmune disorder, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Scleroderma
Information about the different types of scleroderma, including 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.
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.
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.
Understanding Cancers of the Blood Cells
Information about different types of blood cell cancers, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Article describes ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
Sickle Cell Anemia
Information about sickle cell anemia including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Happens During An Echocardiogram?
Information about what happens during an echocardiogram.
Hematologist-Oncologist
Definition of hematologist-oncologist
When Does Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Occur?...
Information about RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), also known as CRPS, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Article describes hidradenitis suppurativa, its symptoms, and treatment.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Information about myelodysplastic sydrome (MDS), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
An Overview of Spina Bifida
Information about the types of spina bifida, 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.
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.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome
Article describes Guillain-Barre syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What You Should Know About the Rain Man's...
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Must-Know Facts About Leprosy
Article describes leprosy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Essential Thrombocythemia
Article describes essential thrombocythemia, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Aplastic Anemia
Article describes aplastic anemia, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
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.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Foot Gangrene
Foot gangrene caused by bubonic plague. Page 15.
Kawasaki Syndrome
An overview of Kawasaki syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Developing Foot Gangrene
The feet of a person, who is developing gangrene, infected with bubonic plague. Page 10.
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Information about Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) including who gets it, the 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.
Pictures of Bubonic Plague
During the Middle Ages, bubonic plague , known as the "Black Death," killed thousands of people. Bubonic
An Interesting Look at President Lincoln's Health
The debate about whether U.S. President Abraham Lincoln had Marfan syndrome.
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma
An overview of the types of cutaneous T-cell lyphomas (CTCL), their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, including orphan drug treatments.
Prader-Willi Syndrome
Article describes Prader-Willi syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Interstitial Cystitis
Information about interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as painful bladder syndrome (PBS), including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
What Is Trisomy 18?
An overview of Trisomy 18, a chromosomal disease also called Edwards syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Hand Gangrene
Picture of gangrene in the hand caused by bubonic plague. Page 11.
Dermatomyositis
Article describes dermatomyositis, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
Hemolysis
Definition of hemolysis. Rare Diseases.
How Genetic Disorders Are Inherited
Information about the different ways that genetic disorders are inherited, including autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and more.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Cat
Cats are highly susceptible to plague infection and frequently die of the disease. Page 12.
Granuloma
Definition of granuloma. Rare Diseases.
Malignant Melanoma
Article describes malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Primordial Dwarfism
Information about primordial dwarfism, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia
Information about Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM), a white blood cell cancer, including risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment.
Anemia
Information about what anemia is, what symptoms it causes, and what causes it.
What Is a DNA Test?
Information about what a DNA test is, how it's done, and why it is done.
Hypopituitary Dwarfism
Information about growth hormone deficiency (hypopituitary dwarfism), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bone Marrow Failure
Definition of what bone marrow failure is.
What Is A CT Scan?
Description of what a CT (computed tomography) scan is, what it is used for, and how it is done.
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
Article describes progressive supranuclear palsy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
The Effects of Having an Extra Copy of...
An overview of Patau syndrome, or Trisomy 13, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Weasel
A weasel can have fleas that carry bubonic plague bacteria. Page 17.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Cat in a Burrow
Picture of a cat finding shelter in a burrow. Page 13.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
Article describes Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Turner Syndrome
Article describes Turner syndrome, its diagnosis, 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.
Stiff Person Syndrome
Information about stiff person syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Gastroschisis
Information about gastroschisis, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
Information about neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
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.
Phenylketonuria (PKU) Disease
An overview of phenylketonuria (PKU), an inherited metabolic disorder, including symptoms, testing, diagnosis, and treatment.
Toms River Cancer Cluster Settlement
Feature article on the Toms River, NJ, cancer cluster.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Dog Blood Test
Taking a blood sample from a dog to test for plague infection. Page 14.
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.
Gitelman Syndrome
Information about Gitelman syndrome, an inherited kidney disease, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Setting Rat Traps
A man setting traps for rats during a plague study. Page 18.
Chromosome 16 Disorders
Article describes some of the disorders of chromosome 16, such as trisomy 16, and lists their symptoms.
Williams Syndrome
Article describes Williams syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Thalassemia: Old Diseases, New Research
Article describes the different types of thalassemia, their symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments.
What Is the Cat Eye Syndrome Genetic Birth...
Information about the genetic birth defect called cat eye syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Multiple System Atrophy
Article describes multiple system atrophy, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What was the movie "Lorenzo's Oil" about?
Information about the movie. Rare Diseases.
Did You Know the Bubonic Plague Still Exists?
Information about bubonic plague, including its symptoms, how it's spread, diagnosis and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Arm Bleeding
Picture of the arm of a person with bubonic plague, showing bleeding under the skin. Page 19.
Seizure
Definition of what a seizure is. Rare Diseases.
Petechiae
Information about what petechiae are and what causes them.
What Happens During a CT Scan?
Description of what a CT scan is and what happens during the procedure.
Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome
Article describes Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Laurence-Moon-Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
(LMBBS) is an inherited genetic condition. Learn about its symptoms (visual impairment, obesity, extra fingers, etc), diagnosis, and treatment.
Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)
Information about Hurler syndrome (MPS I), including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Xeroderma Pigmentosum
Information about xeroderma pigmentosum, an inherited disease that causes sun sensitivity, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Carpenter Syndrome
Information about Carpenter syndrome, a syndrome of genetic birth defects, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Cardiologist
Definition of cardiologist. Rare Diseases.
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
Information about paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) including its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing research.
Prune Belly (Eagle-Barrett) Syndrome
An overview of Prune Belly syndrome (also known as Eagle-Barrett) including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Neurofibromatosis
Information about the different types of neurofibromatosis (NF), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
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.
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.
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)
Information about neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Josh Ryan Evans and Achondroplasia
Article discusses actor Josh Ryan Evans and achondroplasia, including the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the disorder.
Wilson's Disease
Information about Wilson's disease, an inherited genetic disorder of copper metabolism, 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.
Jerry's Kids - Muscular Dystrophy
Article provides information about the nine types of muscular dystrophy, and links to information and resources.
Primary Lateral Sclerosis
Information about primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Addison's Disease
Article describes Addison's disease, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome
Article describes opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hamburger Disease (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome)
Information about hemolytic uremic syndrome, also known as hamburger disease, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
POEMS Syndrome
Information about POEMS syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
All About Rare Diseases
Rare diseases basic information and FAQs.
VACTERL Association
Information about VACTERL association (a group of birth defects that occur together), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Herpes Zoster Oticus
Information about herpes zoster oticus, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
CHARGE Syndrome
Information about the rare, genetic birth defect known as CHARGE syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
What Is Christmas Disease?
Article describes hemophilia, its history and discovery, hemophilia A (classic hemophilia) and hemophilia B (Christmas disease), and their treatment.
Your Guide to Understanding Albinism
Article describes the types of albinism which occur most often, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Arthrogryposis
Article describes arthrogryposis, its diagnosis, and treatment.
Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome
Article describes Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Mitochondrial Disease
Article describes mitochondrial disease, its symptoms, and treatments.
Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Syndrome
Article describes Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Pompe Disease
An overview of the inherited condition, Pompe disease (glycogen storage disease type II), including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis
Information about toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is MELAS Syndrome?
Understanding MELAS syndrome, a neurodegenerative disorder involving mitochondrial myopathy, encephalopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke.
Reye's Syndrome
Information about Reye's syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Kennedy Disease
Article describes Kennedy disease (also known as spinal bulbar muscular atrophy), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Flea
An adult male Oropsylla Montana flea, a carrier of bubonic plague bacteria. Page 7.
Lissencephaly
Information about lissencephaly, including its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy
Article describes Munchausen syndrome by proxy, its diagnosis, effects, and treatment.
What Is Russell-Silver Syndrome?
An overview of Russell-Silver syndrome, a chromosomal disorder, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hereditary Angioedema
Information about the genetic disorder hereditary angioedema, its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Plague Bacteria
Photomicrograph of a blood smear containing Yersinia pestis plague bacteria. Page 8.
Acromegaly
Information about acromegaly, including 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.
What Happens During an MRI?
Description of what an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is, what this medical test is used for, and how it is done.
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.
Congenital Heart Defects (CHD)
Information about congenital heart defects (CHD), meaning heart defects present at birth, including information about what the different kinds of heart defects are.
Dystonia and Botox Injections
Article describes dystonia, its symptoms, and treatment including the use of Botox injections.
Rasmussen's Encephalitis
Information about Rasmussen's encephalitis, also called Rasmussen's syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Hunter Syndrome
Article describes Hunter syndrome (mucopolysaccharidosis II), its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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: Arm Bubo
After the incubation period of 2 to 6 days, symptoms of bubonic plague appear, including severe malaise,
Bubonic Plague Pictures: Neck Bubo
After the incubation period of 2 to 6 days, symptoms of bubonic plague appear, including severe malaise,
Positive Options for Reflex Sympathetic...
Publisher's Site Author Elena Juris states in the introduction to her book, Positive Options for Reflex
Apert Syndrome
An overview of the genetic condition Apert syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Seckel Syndrome
Information about Seckel syndrome, a form of primordial dwarfism, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
What Is an MRI?
Description of what an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is, what this medical test is used for, and how it is done.
Eisenmenger Syndrome
Information about Eisenmenger syndrome, including its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Idiopathic Myelofibrosis
Information about idiopathic myelofibrosis, also known as agnogenic myeloid metaplasia, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Poland Syndrome
An overview of the rare disease, Poland syndrome, including 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.
Peyronie's Disease
Information about Peyronie's disease (curvature of the penis), a form of erectile dysfunction, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.
Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
Article describes autoimmune inner ear disease and its treatments, including cochlear implants.
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