NIH To Study Mystery Diseases In New Program

May 20, 2008

The National Institutes of Health a new program called the Undiagnosed Disease Program.  This program will try to study and solve many mystery diseases which have yet to be diagnosed officially..Boston (ChattahBox) – The National Institutes of Health a new program called the Undiagnosed Disease Program. This program will try to study and solve many mystery diseases which have yet to be diagnosed officially.

The goal of the program will be to look at patients who are suffering from disorders and diseases which cannot be diagnosed through normal methods.

These patients will have to be accepted into the program, and from there they will be studied. The hope is to solve questions about mystery diseases through the program.

NIH Clinical Director John Gallin stated during a conference call, “The reason we’re doing this now is because of advances made over the last five years at a fundamental level. There are more molecular markers, new techniques involved in proteomics and genomics. For the first time, we’re going to apply the tools coming out of the labs with human disease. That bridge couldn’t have been crossed 10 or 15 yeas ago.”

In the first-year, the NIH will be accepting around 100 patients to take part in this program.

By studying these undiagnosed diseases, they could learn more about their development, and possible treatments for them.


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