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Q: Total Human Diseases ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Total Human Diseases
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: praxiteles-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 11 Mar 2005 06:38 PST
Expires: 10 Apr 2005 07:38 PDT
Question ID: 492472
How many total human diseases have been identified?
Subject: Re: Total Human Diseases
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 07:50 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello praxiteles,

There are an estimated 30,000 human diseases known to medicine.

Sources of information:

?According to the World Health Organization, there are still no
effective treatments available for around three quarters of the 30,000
diseases known today worldwide.?

EFPIA - European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations 
March 2004


According to Pat Rattigan N.D. director British Antivivisection
Association, ?we now have over 30,000 diseases - and rising.?

Pat Rattigan N.D. director British Antivivisection Association 
PO Box 73 Chesterfield S41 0YZ 01246 230474
Medical News Today


Today, roughly one third of the 30,000 diseases known to mankind are
treated effectively.

?But we know that even today, effective treatments are available only
for about 10,000 of the estimated 30,000 diseases known to man.?

Hoffmann-La Roche Inc


Of the 30,000 diseases known to medicine, only one third can be
treated adequately.



?There are some 30,000 diseases known to modern medicine. Over 150 of
them can be classified as ?diseasesof civilisation? and include
conditions such as: angina, anxiety, asthma , allergies, bronchitis,
bronchiecstasis,breathlessness, chronic fatigue, depression, diabetes
mellitus, emphysema, eczema, high blood pressure, noncongenital heart
conditions, hormonal disorders, immunedeficiency, obesity,
pre-cancerous conditions, psoriasis,stress related disorders, sleep
apnea, stroke and tumours.?


Search terms:

"20000..50000 diseases " mankind OR human

"30000 diseases "

I hope you find this information helpful!

Best regards,

Request for Answer Clarification by praxiteles-ga on 11 Mar 2005 15:57 PST
Very nice to receive such a quick answer!

Unfortunately, the sources for these answers: pharmaceutical company
advertisements(Hoffman-La Roche, Berlin-Chemie), other lobbyist
organizations (EFPIA, antivivesectionist), and medical quackery
(buteyko) are tainted by conflicts of interest (pharma companies want
the impression of lots of untreatable disease, antivivisectionist want
the impression we are making no headway in disease with animal
experimentation) and a lack of credibility (Buteyko's claim that
alveoli hyperventilation cures high blood pressure, bronchospasm etc.
is not supported in the literature).

Anything cited from a medical journal (, a reputable
medical association (AMA, WHO etc.), or an encyclopedia would be far

One citation mentioned the source of this was the World Health
Organization...any chance the source can be found?

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 16:21 PST
Dear Praxiteles,

Thank you for your clarification. I will do additional research and
will get back to you as soon as I can.


Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 18:31 PST
Dear Praxiteles,

This is what I uncovered for now; however I will keep on searching.

According to the The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)Germany,
"of the approx. 30,000 known diseases, over 7,000 number among the
"rare diseases". According to the definition used in Europe, a disease
is "rare" if less than 2,000 people suffer from it.
Federal Ministry for Education and Research

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 18:38 PST
Rare diseases:

Over 6,000 diseases known today 

~25 million in US ? 1 in every 12 individuals in US 

Current rare diseases: 6,000 ? 7,000
New rare diseases:  ~20 per month (5/wk)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 20, 2004

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 21:00 PST
?The Burlo Garofolo Children?s Institute in Trieste incorporates an
institute for scientific research and treatment (IRCCS) with a
national health service hospital.

 Over the past ten years the Hospital has carried out intense clinical
research in the area of rare diseases, which due to their severity are
generally considered untreatable and/or incurable.

The term ?rare diseases? covers a wide group of pathologies with
overall incidence of ca 1 per thousand births, and for individual
diseases ca 1 per 20,000-200,000.

To date, some 5,000 diseases have been classified in this category, a
figure estimated as 10% of all diseases in the population.?

Clarification of Answer by bobbie7-ga on 11 Mar 2005 21:09 PST
eMedicine contains articles on 7,000 diseases and disorders. 

Launched in 1996, comprises the largest and most
current Clinical Knowledge Base available to physicians and health
professionals. Nearly 10,000 physician authors and editors contribute
to the eMedicine Clinical Knowledge Base, which contains articles on
7,000 diseases and disorders.
praxiteles-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Thank you for the additional research!

Subject: Re: Total Human Diseases
From: probonopublico-ga on 11 Mar 2005 08:09 PST
Subject: Re: Total Human Diseases
From: bobbie7-ga on 12 Mar 2005 11:10 PST
Hello praxiteles,

Thank you very much for the five stars and tip!


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