Aniscoria is having pupils of two different sizes. It can be genetic, a sign of a disease, or from an injury. David Bowie's permanently dilated pupil was caused by a punch to the eye. Judd Hirsch is another celebrity with this trait.
A Meckel's diverticulum, a true congenital diverticulum, is a small bulge in the small intestine present at birth. It is a vestigial remnant of the omphalomesenteric duct (also called the vitelline duct or yolk stalk), and is the most frequent malformation of the gastrointestinal tract. It is present in approximately 2% of the population, with males more frequently experiencing symptoms.
Henry VIII And Miscarriages; Was It The Kell Antigen? -- Blood group incompatibility between Henry VIII and his six wives could have driven the Tudor king's reproductive woes, and a genetic condition related to his blood group could finally provide an explanation for his dramatic physical and mental changes at mid-life.
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria syndrome (progeria) will be familiar to people old enough to remember the television program Thats Incredible from the 80s in which a young sufferer of the disorder appeared. The disease causes premature aging so rapidly that a young child can look like a very old man (or, if I may be so callous as to point out the obvious, an alien as in the photograph above). The disease is especially interesting for scientists as it may lend clues to the natural aging process
- * Heterochromia Iridis * - Heterochromia (Greek : heteros 'different' + chromia 'color') of the eye. A condition in which the iris (the colored part of the eye) is composed of different colored segments or patches or when the iris of one eye is of a different color than the other. It may involve one or both eyes. There are several causes both natural and from 'outside' sources such as eye drops and environment -
Florence Nightingale - Victorian Feminist and Medical Reformist
FAMOUS SPOONIE: Florence Nightingale was probably the most famous non-royal person of the Victorian period. She helped develop modern nursing. By 1896, Florence Nightingale was bedridden. She may have had what is now known as chronic fatigue syndrome and her birthday (12 May 1820) is now celebrated as International CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. As usual with fibromyalgia the amount of co-morbidities (other diseases) is high and may confuse the diagnosis.