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12 Deadly Diseases Modern Medicine Has Cured

4 March 2013 No Comment

In what seems like a miracle, scientists have managed to cure a baby of HIV . Here are some other diseases that once seemed too big to touch.

Smallpox

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Probably one of the most famous diseases ever because of its now basically total elimination from the world, smallpox is a virus spread through human contact. The vaccine was so successful that in 1980 the World Health Organization stopped recommending that people use it. Some nations, however, fear that the little remaining smallpox there is will be used as a method of bioterrorism.

Source: moggerhanger

Polio

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Most people know about polio because of elementary school studies on vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk (props, dude) but the infection left untreated leads to paralysis and sometimes death. It doesn't have a cure, but the vaccine has prevented the disease from spreading in most countries. “The eradication of polio from the western hemisphere is among the most significant public health achievements of all time,” says the CDC, “but victory over polio cannot be claimed until the entire world is made safe from the disease….”

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Measles

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Measles is a virus that grows in cells in the lungs, which causes cold-like symptoms and can lead to pneumonia. Today, measles has low rates in the United States (despite a Super Bowl outbreak people freaked out about in 2012) but there are 20 million cases worldwide and about 150,000 deaths a year, over half of which are in India.

Source: julien_harneis

Yellow fever

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Yellow fever is still found in South America and Africa, and is spread through mosquitos. It can eventually lead to liver disease but there is a vaccine for people who are traveling in those areas and are at risk. Oh and the reason it's called yellow fever is that in severe cases, people turn yellow (better known as jaundice).

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