Top 3 Diseases

In general, there are hundreds of thousands of human disease, and I have to try and narrow them down to a single one for my project. That being said I have currently narrowed those choices down to three; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, and Huntington’s Chorea.

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is a neurodegenerative disease which is caused by the misfolding of a protein into what is known as a prion. The condition can be described as the human version of mad cow disease causing many of the same symptoms. Since it is neurodegenerative, it is often misdiagnosed as other diseases such as Alzheimer’s. However, Creutzfeldt usually progresses and leads to death faster than Alzheimer’s.

Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is a disorder where the body ossifies the muscles and connective tissue; meaning turns them into bone. Usually beginning with the muscles in the extremities the disease moves on to the abdomen and face. The later stages of the disorder leave the victim immobilized where they could suffer from malnutrition and respiratory problems. At birth, the disease can be diagnosed by the presence of other skeletal malformations.

Huntington’s chorea is also a neurodegenerative disorder where the nerve in the brain breakdown. As the nerves die, the patient will experience movement, cognitive, and psychiatric problems. The disease is autosomal dominant but does not manifest until the patient is in their 30s or 40s, but in some cases,¬†onset can be before the age of 20.

The most terrible fact about all of these diseases is that they have no cure and treatment is limited/ nonexistent. However, if research was devoted only to disease that could be cured/ treated effectively than the human race would have died off mellenia ago.

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  1. Hi Paul – FOP was just a topic for someone in 2018, so that isn’t a good choice – you need to pick something no one in our class has done in the last 5 years. Huntington’s was a topic in 2016, and Creutzfeld-Jakob was a topic in 2014. So CJ disease is 5 years old in our class.

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