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Ninety percent of all teenagers suffer from some form of acne.

A woman's arthritic pains will almost always disappear as soon as she becomes pregnant. No one knows why.

Bubonic Plague
This disease, also known as the Black Death, is one of the most notorious in history, and itís found in almost every history textbook. The reason why this plague is so infamous is that it killed almost half of Europeís population in the span of only four years. Between 1347 to 1351, 30-60% of Europeís 450 million people died from this disease. It was probably caused by fleas carried by rodents which came to Europe from Asia via the Silk Road. The plague caused massive religious and political upheavals throughout Europe. There are small pockets of the disease at times to this day in some isolated areas in Eastern Hemisphere.

There is a strange and terrible disease known as bulimia in which the victim develops a ravenous, insatiable appetite. A woman observed in St. Bartholomew's Hospital in nineteenthcentury London is recorded to have consumed three loaves of bread every day, along with three pounds of steak, large quantities of vegetables, a pound of cereal, and twenty glasses of water. An American doctor named Smith, reporting in the Medical and Surgical Reporter in Philadelphia, mentioned an even stranger case, that of a boy who ate continuously for fifteen hours every day and who had eight or nine bowel movements each evening. In one year this boy's weight increased from 105 to 284 pounds, and it was steadily increasing by about a half-pound a day. Despite his prodigious intake of food, the boy constantly complained of hunger. Another unpleasant ailment akin to this one is polydipsia, or constant thirst. Medical records mention a three-year-old child who drank two pailfuls of water every day. Sir M. MacKenzie, a British doctor, cited the case of a woman who drank four pailfuls of water a day and who once, appearing before a scientific commission, drank 14 quarts of water in ten hours, passed 10 quarts of urine, and continued to complain of thirst.

A study at the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that women who drink one or more cups of coffee a day are two and a half times more likely to get bladder cancer than women who drink no coffee.

The chances of an American woman gettinq breast cancer depend on a number of variables. For a woman whose sister's mother, or daughter has developed cancer in both breasts the chances are five to three against, however, if one of these relatives developed cancer before reaching menopase the odds are fifty-fifty. Women with the lowest chances of getting breast cancer are those whose ovaries have been removed before the age of thirty five. Chances are almost as good for a woman who has had a child before the age of eighteen.

This disease was discovered in the 19th Century in India but quickly started spreading throughout the world. Itís caused and spread by the contamination of water and food. Violent vomiting, dehydration, and cramping are a few of the symptoms of the disease. If the victim doesnít get enough water, it can even lead to death. Each year, over one hundred thousand people are killed by cholera, and almost five million people are diagnosed. The most recent record of a cholera outbreak was in 2010, in Haiti. The disease killed seven thousand people, and itís still being fought.

Teenagers are 50 percent more susceptible to colds than people over fifty.

Crib Death
Every year some 10,000 infants in the United States die from a mysterious ailment known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or Crib Death. Most of these children have been put to bed hours before their death, seemingly in perfect health. All die without a trace of struggle. As yet no one has been able to explain the cause of these deaths.

Diabetes was the third leading cause of death by disease in America. It has increased 50 percent since 1965, and today affects at least 15 million people.

In 1971, at Memorial Hospital in New York City, a woman weighing less than 100 pounds ran a fever of 114 degrees and survived without brain damage or physiological after effects.

Two out of three adults in America have hemorrhoids.

The rate of hypertension is twice as high among blacks as whites in the United States, the rate of hypertension among men living in Vermont is also twice the national average, Women of all races are afflicted by this disorder far less than men.

A condition known as hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tongue can sometimes reach such extremes that the tongue becomes too large for the mouth and protrudes over the chin, reaching down as far as the chest. This extraordinary enlargement may cause deformity of the teeth and jaw, and may even cause the sufferer to choke on his or her own tongue.

In 1918 and 1919 a world epidemic of simple Influenza killed 20 million people in the United States and Europe.

Justinian Plague
Ultimately claiming the lives of over 25 million people in 541 A.D., this plague is named after the ruling Roman Emperor of the time, and he himself contracted the disease. Itís known as one of the greatest disasters in the history of the Roman Empire. The plague probably began with rats traveling via boats to the Eastern Roman Empire from Egypt. It killed over 25% of all people who lived on the eastern side of the Mediterranean.

Men are twice as likely to contract leprosy as women.

Low Disease Rate
Medical studies show that members of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, even those living in heavily polluted areas, have 1,000 percent less lung cancer than members of the general population. Moreover, SeventhDay Adventists have appreciably lower rates of other cancers and of respiratory diseases, 40 percent less coronary trouble, and scarcely a quarter the amount of tooth decay found in the general population.

This disease is one of the earliest ever recorded. The first record of it dates back over four thousand years. Caused by mosquito bite, today half a billion people are diagnosed with it annually. Most of the cases are in Arica. Fortunately, not as many people are killed by this disease today. But, during World War II, over one hundred thousand U.S. troops were killed by malaria, which shows the devastating nature of this disease.

The symptoms of the rare form of cancer, mesothelioma that is usually caused by exposure to asbestos, usually take 20-50 years to appear. This means asbestos compensation claims in years to come, could sky rocket as the sleeping killer awakes and no one can gage how many people will be effected. Another interesting mesothelioma related fact is that most of the 24,000 schools in the Uk still have significant amounts of deadly asbestos, poising an unknown risk to children and also the teachers that are being exposed to it day-in, day-out for all of their working lives.

One cannot catch cold at the North Pole in winter. Neither can one contract the flu, nor most of the ailments transmitted viruses and germs. The winter temperature is so low in this part of the world that none of the standard disease causing Micro-organisms can survive.

Neuritis and neuralgia are not diseases. They are nerve pains related to disease. In fact, when a pain is identified as neuralgia, it is often because the exact cause is not known Neural differs from neuritis in that neuralgia pains come in paroxysms, while neuritis is more constant and even. Thus sciatica is a kind of neuralgia and a toothache a kind of neuritis

Physical Disorders
A collection of mysterious and unusual Physical Disorders

Arriazia - The complete absence of breasts.

Athetosis - Constant involuntary movements of the fingers and toes. In advanced stages of this disease sufferers continually wave their hands about in slow, languid motions and are totally unable to keep the fingers still. Often this disease is confined to one side of the body.

Contagious follicular keratosis - The whole body becomes covered with small spinelike growths of a dirty yellow color. The spines are very hard and, when cut off and placed in a container, rattle like scraps of metal.

Diphallic terata - The presence of more than one penis.

Harlequin fetus - A newborn child emerges covered with fatty epidermic plates about a sixteenth of an inch thick. These plates cover the entire body and face like a loosely built stone wall. The skin is so stiff and contracted that the eyes cannot be opened (or if they are open, they cannot be shut) and the lips are too stiff to suck. The child soon dies from starvation and loss of body heat.

Mercyism - The need to regurgitate after each meal and then immediately to eat another full meal. For some reason this disease was at one time observed to be common among physicians.

Naevus pilosus - Enormous moles or birthmarks with great amounts of hair growing out of them. The "bearded woman" and "orang-utan man" seen at circuses and carnivals are usually victims of this disorder.

Plica polonica - The skin and nails turn spongy and black, the hair follicles exude a gluey liquid, and the hair itself becomes painful to the touch. Oddly enough, this disease is found almost exclusively among Polish people.

Polyorchidism - The presence of more than two testicles. This is the opposite of the condition known as anorchidism, in which a male is born with no testicles at all.

Saltatoric spasm - Spasmodic muscular contractions of the calves, hips, knees, and back that cause the sufferer to spring up or jump about uncontrollably every time he or she attempts to stand.

Xeroderma pigmentosun - Small yellow warts cover the entire body. The skin is wrinkled and abounds in strange white scales. This disease, quite rare, usually attacks children.

This epidemic originally traveled from Europe to North America in the 1600s. The disease started spreading in 1633 across the east coast and into the Northeast. It killed over 70% of the Native American tribes in the area. The case of 1633 was the worst in history, even though the disease had been around for many years before that.

Spanish flu
The Spanish Flu pandemic first began in Kansas in 1918 and spread very quickly to many countries in the world. The disease claimed the lives of around fifty million people, including many soldiers fighting in World War I. It ultimately ended in 1920, and itís still a mystery how and why it ended so quickly. The short existence of the disease doesnít negate the fact that it was one of the most fatal in human history.

Human tapeworms can grow up to 22.9m.

The first records of Tuberculosis date back in the days of Ancient Egypt, and it continues to claim millions of lives. Itís caused by an airborne bacteria that attacks the lungs. The attacks lead to unbearable chest pain and extreme coughing. During the 19th Century, tuberculosis swept across Europe and killed 25% of people who lived there. The disease still exists today, claiming almost two million lives every year.

Venereal Disease
Each year more than 300,000 American teenagers become afflicted with some form of venereal disease.

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