While science and medicine have made great bounds in the world of disease prevention, there are still many conditions of which there is no known cure. While not all of them are fatal, they are all life changing in their own way. Most of these, if diagnosed early enough, can be monitored and regulated to minimize the impact on the patient’s life. Countless hours and dollars have been spent in labs, testing new theories on the eradication of all these diseases.
With new technology comes new promise that cures for all these diseases will be unlocked. Gene sequencing has shone a light on the building blocks of nature in a way we would never have thought possible 50 or 100 years ago. Stem cell research has given us new ways to fight immune disorders, blood cancers and bone marrow diseases. Who knows, maybe the next big cure is right around the corner; until then though, these illnesses remain incurable.
1. Systemic Lupus
Systemic lupus is a condition which tends to show up in women between the ages of 15 and 44. This condition, which causes a person’s immune system to begin attacking its own body, affects over five million people worldwide and in 20 percent of cases will affect more than one person in a family. Common symptoms of lupus include but are not limited to rashing, dry eyes and mouth, chest and joint pain and swelling. Lupus is known as an imitator of other illnesses and because of this, many people can go for years without being properly diagnosed, sometimes causing irreparable damage.
In the past, lupus was known to kill younger people due to kidney failure. These days, with proper treatment, 80 to 90 percent of lupus patients can usually go on to live a normal life.