Bats are immune to many of the diseases they carry because flying raises their metabolic rate to fever pitch, sending their immune system into overdrive.
A woman code named “SM” suffers from Urbach-Wieth disease – a condition where the person cannot feel fear. Her identity is guarded for her safety by researchers who are studying her and only 400 people on the planet are known to have this condition.
“Kuru” was a real disease cannibals could catch if they at the brains of other human beings. It would form holes in their brains and cause them to laugh uncontrollably.
There is a disease that takes away your ability to sleep. You sink into horrible psychosis and inevitably die over the course of a few months. There is no cure; there are no viable treatments.
Euphoria can be a symptom of syphilis due to its effects on the nervous system.
There is an autoimmune disease which mimics the symptoms of demonic possession, and it has only been identified in the last 10 years. It affects mostly young women and can come on with no pre warnings whatsoever.
Believe it or not, the common cold is incurable. Symptoms can be treated but not fully eradicated.
There’s a medical condition that causes its sufferers to sweat blood.
A Green Bay Packers fan used to donate blood often to afford tickets to games. He learned later on that he had a potentially fatal blood disease that was preventable through blood donation. He had unknowingly been saving his life the entire time.
15% of the US population believes that the pharmaceutical industry invents diseases so they can sell a cure.
Stephen Hawking has survived for over 50 years after being diagnosed with a disease that only 4% of people survive 10 years with.
There is a brain-eating amoeba (Naegleria Fowleri) that lives in fresh-water bodies. It can kill a human in 7 days. Death rate is 98% and there is no effective treatment against it.