Disease of the Week

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

The sandman never cometh - Fatal familial insomnia

I first heard of this disease during a long-forgotten television show hosted by the late Robert Urich. During this TV special, the case history of a schoolteacher with the disorder was profiled. The only place that could even have a hope of treating this teacher was the University of Chicago, and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Hyperemesis gravidarum

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a very rare extreme form of morning sickness, severe enough to warrant hospitalizing a pregnant woman afflicted with this disorder. The National Organization for Rare Disorders estimates that 0.5% to 2% of pregnant women develop this problem each year; for those of you... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Remember all those old made-for-TV movies?

This blog is named after a popular form of made-for-television movie - the disease-of-the-week movie. This particular genre tended to be very syrupy, and the movies almost always featured the hero's (or heroine's) brave struggle against the disease which provided the subject of the movie. The... Sign in to see full entry.

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