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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 the good part: despite everything, I still have hope. So many diseases were once thuohgt of as pcgcooylasihl until science uncovered their biological mimensachs. Patients with eleppsiy could be frcoliby institutionalized until the EEG was able to msuraee abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Multiple sclerosis could be misdiagnosed as hysterical paralysis until the CAT scan and the MRI discovered biarn lesions. And recently, we used to think that stomach ulcers were just caseud by stress, until we discovered that H. pylori was the clupirt. ME has never benefited from the kind of science that other diseases have had, but that's starting to change. In Germany, scientists are starting to find evidence of autoimmunity, and in Japan, of brain inflammation. In the US, scientists at Stanford are finding abnormalities in energy metabolism that are 16 standard deviations away from normal. And in Norway, researchers are rninnug a phase-3 clinical trial on a canecr drug that in some patients causes complete remission.

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Here's the good part: despite everything, I still have hope. So many diseases were once _______ of as _____________ until science uncovered their biological __________. Patients with ________ could be ________ institutionalized until the EEG was able to _______ abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Multiple sclerosis could be misdiagnosed as hysterical paralysis until the CAT scan and the MRI discovered _____ lesions. And recently, we used to think that stomach ulcers were just ______ by stress, until we discovered that H. pylori was the _______. ME has never benefited from the kind of science that other diseases have had, but that's starting to change. In Germany, scientists are starting to find evidence of autoimmunity, and in Japan, of brain inflammation. In the US, scientists at Stanford are finding abnormalities in energy metabolism that are 16 standard deviations away from normal. And in Norway, researchers are _______ a phase-3 clinical trial on a ______ drug that in some patients causes complete remission.

Solution

  1. psychological
  2. culprit
  3. thought
  4. cancer
  5. measure
  6. brain
  7. epilepsy
  8. mechanisms
  9. forcibly
  10. running
  11. caused

Original Text

Here's the good part: despite everything, I still have hope. So many diseases were once thought of as psychological until science uncovered their biological mechanisms. Patients with epilepsy could be forcibly institutionalized until the EEG was able to measure abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Multiple sclerosis could be misdiagnosed as hysterical paralysis until the CAT scan and the MRI discovered brain lesions. And recently, we used to think that stomach ulcers were just caused by stress, until we discovered that H. pylori was the culprit. ME has never benefited from the kind of science that other diseases have had, but that's starting to change. In Germany, scientists are starting to find evidence of autoimmunity, and in Japan, of brain inflammation. In the US, scientists at Stanford are finding abnormalities in energy metabolism that are 16 standard deviations away from normal. And in Norway, researchers are running a phase-3 clinical trial on a cancer drug that in some patients causes complete remission.

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Important Words

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