Medical Students asked to “Think Rare” Rare diseases affect approximately 350 million people worldwide, yet they are some of the most difficult conditions to diagnose. Despite the number of people affected and the challenge they pose for clinicians, the rarity of each individual condition means that little time is dedicated to them during medical school. […]
Sarah Lippett spent eleven years suffering with symptoms from an unknown condition, until she was diagnosed with the rare disease, Moyamoya, at the age of 17. This November she is launching her beautiful graphic memoir, A Puff of Smoke, which tells her story using the power of the sequential narrative. It took eleven years, my […]
Same But Different is starting the conversation about baby and child death with their newest exhibit ‘30% Project’. It raises awareness of the statistic that 30% of those diagnosed with a rare disease will die before their 5th birthday.
‘The Suspense is Killing Me’ is launched to help find answers for children suffering from rare or undiagnosed diseases.
Project Y’s mission is to find answers for children with rare diseases, helping to find answers for thousands of families who desperately need them. Project Y supports advancing initiatives such as the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, a groundbreaking program bringing together specialist doctors, scientists and technology to solve the most challenging medical mysteries. 500,000 Australian children […]
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The diagnostic odyssey is a term used to describe the long and arduous journey that many rare disease patients find themselves on in pursuit of a diagnosis. The charity, Rare Disease UK, estimate that a patient with a rare disease will wait an average of four years for a diagnosis and be given an average […]
In this article, Sri Rambhatla reflects on one family’s experiences of Kawasaki Disease and reminds us of its clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment. Srinivasa Rambhatla is an academic foundation doctor working at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and is an M4RD ambassador. As a medical student/junior doctor, we are often told to remember the adage that […]