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Can you name the diseases/conditions based on famous people who have/had them?
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Stephen Hawking / Lou Gehrig
Michael J. Fox / Muhammad Ali
Magic Johnson / Greg Louganis
Walt Disney / Peter Jennings
Elaine Paige / Michael Jackson
Ronald Reagan / Terry Pratchett
Lance Armstrong / Tom Green
Pamela Anderson / Steven Tyler
Kylie Minogue / Olivia Newton-John
Shannen Doherty / Mike McCready
Mary Tyler Moore / Wilford Brimley
Howard Hughes / Howie Mandel
Danny Glover / Neil Young
Carrie Fisher / Patty Duke
Mario Lemieux / Sen. Arlen Specter
Franklin D. Roosevelt / Arthur C. Clarke
John Nash / Syd Barrett
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Dec 3rd, 2009 at 06:24 GMT
Note: I'm not trying to make light of any of these people or their diseases, especially the ones who lost their fights. There are some truly horrible diseases on this list, and I applaud these famous people for their courage and for bringing light to these conditions and helping to find cures
Dec 3rd, 2009 at 06:45 GMT
I may be wrong about this, but I thought Michael Jackson had vitiligo?
Dec 3rd, 2009 at 08:15 GMT
He did, he also had lupus. The two combined were factors in his skin becoming lighter.
Dec 3rd, 2009 at 08:55 GMT
Why is this under Entertainment?
Dec 3rd, 2009 at 22:22 GMT
I considered where to put it, but ultimately it's a quiz about celebrities, so I figured it had more to do with entertainment-based knowledge than, say, science-based knowledge. I can switch it to Miscellaneous if people think it's inappropriate
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Dec 3rd, 2009 at 23:18 GMT
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Jan 3rd, 2010 at 07:08 GMT
I thought when you said "specific" you meant REALLY specific, so I was typing out amytrophic lateral sclerosis & wondering why is wasn't being accepted!
Jan 8th, 2010 at 22:06 GMT
Interesting quiz. I kept typing in "Breast Cancer" for Page but apparently that was Minogue and ONJ. I never knew about the Lupus.
Mar 18th, 2010 at 17:20 GMT
I am fairly sure Carrie Fisher and Patty Duke were both alcoholics as well as being bipolar.
Mar 19th, 2010 at 14:17 GMT
Agree with @RachWho -- can that be an alternate? Also, it's "bipolar disorder," not "disease."
And if you want to round it up to an even 18, Keith Olbermann and Elizabeth Hasselback both have celiac disease and have talked about it a lot. And if you want to go to twenty, there's Karen Carpenter/Victoria Beckham for anorexia nervosa and Tom Cruise/Albert Einstein for dyslexia. So many celebrities and disorders could be on here, sadly...
Mar 21st, 2010 at 21:06 GMT
Man, I forgot about MJ's lupus. I kept trying vitiligo, drug addiction, agoraphobia, pedophilia ... the guy had a lot of (alleged) problems.
Mar 24th, 2010 at 20:49 GMT
You should accept "motor neuron disease" as an alternative to ALS. Additionally, there is an endless list of celebrities who suffer from narcissism.
Apr 2nd, 2010 at 03:02 GMT
Investigators recently disclosed the discovery of a closet full of skin-whitening products at MJ's home, so the vitiligo thing was as BS as it had always seemed. Also since the cancers are specific, maybe the hepatitis should be too, since there is a few different forms.
Apr 5th, 2010 at 05:50 GMT
@sarahbelle: The skin whitening products were treatment for vitiligo. For someone who suffered it to the extent MJ did, it's easier to lighten the skin than to darken it to even out the appearance. The autopsy report confirmed that he had vitiligo.
Apr 14th, 2010 at 20:00 GMT
Do you have a reference for michael jackson having Lupus? Never heard that anywhere and its fairly rare in men. Vitiligo, while associated with a number of autoimmune diseases, isn't specifically linked to lupus
Apr 23rd, 2010 at 17:13 GMT
I was coming in here with the Gregory House mentality that it's never lupus... So of course I got one wrong.
Jun 6th, 2011 at 17:34 GMT
Fun quiz! In addition to Esme's suggestions, another one is JFK/Helen Reddy (Addison disease). Also, you should accept the singular version of many of these conditions - Alzheimer, Parkinson, etc. There's a movement in the medical community to drop the possessive s at the end of the disease names, because most of the people who named the disease didn't actually have the condition. With ALS, calling it "Lou Gehrig's disease" is fine, because he actually had the condition, but Alzheimer did not, so it should just be "Alzheimer disease." Most of the general public still uses the possessive form, but the singular form should be accepted as well.
Jan 6th, 2012 at 02:31 GMT
I said AIDS instead of HIV for Magic Johnson... I feel dumb.
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