We recently celebrated the famous 'Day of rare diseases' . A special day that helps to create social awareness that there are more than seven thousand common diseases and more people than we think they suffer.
A rare disease is usually one that affects an average of 200,000 people at a certain time in America; in Europe this figure is reduced to 2,000 people. Although it seems little, there are now more than 350 million people who suffer from one of these rare diseases and many others probably do not know they have them.
There is a lot of work ahead to create social awareness about the existence of these diseases and therefore we want to contribute our bit to the cause and show you some of these diseases that deserve more attention.
We tell you some of these diseases:
Progressive ossifying fibrodysplasia
Also known as the 'Stone Man's Syndrome'. It is a genetic disorder that transforms soft tissues, like muscles, into bone. Moving is becoming increasingly difficult and the truth is that there have been so few cases that science does not do much to study it.
This disease is characterized by the lack of premolar teeth, very sweaty hands and hair gray hair at a very young age. Since 1950, only 26 cases of this disease have been detected.
This disease is what its own name defines it: have hiccups for long periods of time that can go from days to decades. The longest documented period is 60 years and affects one in 100,000 people.
Probably the best known of all these rare diseases. It is a genetic disease that mainly affects the lungs, pancreas and liver by the accumulation of a thick, sticky mucus.
Also known as the "Tree man" syndrome. A few months ago, Abul bajandar, from Bangladesh, became the first person healed of this strange disease, the verrucous epidermodysplasia.
This hereditary condition is characterized by causing the uncontrolled appearance of a series of "scales" that grow in the skin of the person, with a characteristic shape reminiscent of the "bark" of a tree.
Remember that these are just some of them there are many more and you have to help raise awareness social as it was done with the ELA thanks to the famous challenge 'Ice Bucket Challenge' that helped raise more than 115 million dollars in just one month . Now is our chance to help another.
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Source IFL Science