Rare trench fever found among Denver’s homeless population

By Markian Hawryluk, Kaiser Health News Dr. Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, received an unusual call last month from the microbiology lab: Confirmation of the third case this year of trench fever, a rare condition transmitted by body lice that plagued soldiers during World War I. Barron’s epidemiological training kicked in. […]

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Why black cardiologists are vital—and rare

Dr. Rachel M. Bond has seen the difference black cardiologists can make. She recalls the time she volunteered to give a brief talk at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the members, she said, had untreated heart problems—because they’d felt physicians didn’t understand them or take them seriously. “After that meeting, you would be surprised how […]

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Toddler with rare genetic condition waves to dad through a window every day

Emmie Gizatullin, who’s just two and a half years old, was born with a one in a million genetic condition called Kniest Dysplasia, the rarest form of dwarfism that affects fewer than 150 people worldwide. The toddler, from Colchester, Essex, went into total isolation with her mum Hannah, 40, and her brother Adam, 11, earlier this week to stay safe […]

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Expert heart advice for rare genetic muscle disorder

A rare, inherited muscle disorder that occurs in about 1 in 8,000 people, myotonic dystrophy also can affect the heart and other organs. A new set of expert recommendations offers guidance for managing the progressive condition. “Your average cardiologist doesn’t see this all the time, so it can often get overlooked,” said lead author, Dr. Elizabeth McNally. “We want to […]

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Kim Kardashian Posts Rare Pic of Kanye West Smiling at Son Saint's Party

There it is! Kanye West showed off his smile at his son Saint’s 4th birthday party on December 7. “More from Saint’s birthday,” Kim Kardashian captioned a Thursday, December 19, slideshow of photos from the Jurassic Park-themed bash, featuring dinosaur masks and more. In one sweet shot, the rapper, 42, held Chicago, 23 months, while the little one held a […]

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Genetic test could aid quest to reveal causes of rare diseases

The causes of rare diseases could be uncovered using an approach created to identify genetic mutations that trigger a muscle-wasting condition, a study suggests. Researchers have devised a way to pinpoint defective genes that are linked to a rare form of muscular dystrophy, which causes muscle weakening and heart problems. The approach could help doctors perform a faster and cheaper […]

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Prince! Tristan Thompson Shares Rare Pic of Son

Birthday boy! Tristan Thompson celebrated his and Jordan Craig’s 3-year-old son, Prince, with a sweet Instagram message. “Happy birthday to my baby boy Prince,” the professional basketball player, 28, captioned a Thursday, December 12, Instagram upload. “You’re already 3, I remember holding you when you were born and telling you how amazing of a baby you are. Every day you continue […]

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Rare sleep disorder common among veterans with PTSD

Military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or concussion suffer from a thrashing form of sleep behavior at a rate that is far higher than the general population, according to a new study by researchers at the VA Portland Health Care System and Oregon Health & Science University. The finding was published online this week in the journal Sleep. Researchers next […]

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