Swine flu is a serious disease that is sweeping the globe and is caused by several types of swine influenza virus. It is a major public health concern and the overwhelming majority of people who are infected make a full recovery. Find out more key facts about swine flu in the article below.
Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by a range of health and mental problems such as learning disabilities, cardiovascular issues, and unique personality traits. It is caused by a deletion of parts of the long arm of chromosome 7.
Gas gangrene is a condition where anaerobic bacteria release toxins that cause tissue death, and if not treated can be fatal. It usually occurs at trauma and wound sites.
Mermaid syndrome, alternatively known as sirenomelia is a rare disorder where an infant is born with fused legs, giving the appearance of a mermaid’s tail. It is believed to occur in 1 in every 100,000 births. The term “sirenomelia” comes from “siren” or “mermaid”.
A cannibalistic ritual could hold the key to tackling brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and the human form of mad cow disease, as well as providing scientists with a fantastic example of natural selection at work.
Plagiocephaly or flat head syndrome is a condition in which the back or one side of a baby’s head is flattened. Trying to find its cause has occupied the minds of many scientists for years and according to one large study in 2009 the environment is more important than genes.
Adrenoleukodystrophy or ALD is a rare sex-linked brain disease that primarily affects boys. It was the subject of the film Lorenzo’s Oil which was about the search for an effective treatment for the condition. One possible adrenoleukodystrophy treatment that’s showing potential is gene therapy.