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Discovery Health to mark Rare Disease Day with Disease Detectives

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.
February 3, 2010

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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