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"From the Ted Talk by Jennifer Brea: What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose"

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Here's why this worries me: since the 1950s, rates of many anotmiumue dseasies have doubled to tripled. Forty-five pnreect of patients who are eventually diagnosed with a recognized autoimmune disease are initially told they're hypochondriacs. Like the hysteria of old, this has everything to do with gender and with whose stories we believe. Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease patients are women, and in some diseases, it's as high as 90 percent. Even though these diseases disproportionately affect women, they are not women's diseases. ME affects children and ME affects millions of men. And as one patient told me, we get it cmniog and going — if you're a waomn, you're told you're etnragaxgieg your symptoms, but if you're a guy, you're told to be strong, to buck up. And men may even have a more difficult time getting dsangioed.

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Here's why this worries me: since the 1950s, rates of many __________ ________ have doubled to tripled. Forty-five _______ of patients who are eventually diagnosed with a recognized autoimmune disease are initially told they're hypochondriacs. Like the hysteria of old, this has everything to do with gender and with whose stories we believe. Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease patients are women, and in some diseases, it's as high as 90 percent. Even though these diseases disproportionately affect women, they are not women's diseases. ME affects children and ME affects millions of men. And as one patient told me, we get it ______ and going — if you're a _____, you're told you're ____________ your symptoms, but if you're a guy, you're told to be strong, to buck up. And men may even have a more difficult time getting _________.

Solution

  1. autoimmune
  2. percent
  3. coming
  4. diseases
  5. diagnosed
  6. woman
  7. exaggerating

Original Text

Here's why this worries me: since the 1950s, rates of many autoimmune diseases have doubled to tripled. Forty-five percent of patients who are eventually diagnosed with a recognized autoimmune disease are initially told they're hypochondriacs. Like the hysteria of old, this has everything to do with gender and with whose stories we believe. Seventy-five percent of autoimmune disease patients are women, and in some diseases, it's as high as 90 percent. Even though these diseases disproportionately affect women, they are not women's diseases. ME affects children and ME affects millions of men. And as one patient told me, we get it coming and going — if you're a woman, you're told you're exaggerating your symptoms, but if you're a guy, you're told to be strong, to buck up. And men may even have a more difficult time getting diagnosed.

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Important Words

  1. affect
  2. affects
  3. autoimmune
  4. buck
  5. children
  6. coming
  7. diagnosed
  8. difficult
  9. disease
  10. diseases
  11. disproportionately
  12. doubled
  13. eventually
  14. exaggerating
  15. gender
  16. guy
  17. high
  18. hypochondriacs
  19. hysteria
  20. initially
  21. men
  22. millions
  23. patient
  24. patients
  25. percent
  26. rates
  27. recognized
  28. stories
  29. strong
  30. symptoms
  31. time
  32. told
  33. tripled
  34. woman
  35. women
  36. worries