The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has announced that Discovery Health and its new program, Disease Detectives, will serve as media and program partners for Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2010. This will be the second U.S. observance of Rare Disease Day, an event intended to call attention to the public health issues associated with rare diseases affecting nearly 30 million Americans and countless others worldwide. In the U.S., ‘rare’ refers to diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans, and according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) there are nearly 7,000 such diseases. Disease Detectvives, a new special featuring Dr. William Gahl of the NIH’s Undiagnosed Disease Program, follows the man the channel describes as a ‘real-life Dr. House’ as he and his team attempt to diagnose complex medical cases in just five days.
- RS West ’18