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'Real Detective Work' Leads to Theory on Goya's Mystery Illness

The Spanish painter was profoundly ill for months but went on to live a long life

(Newser) - In 1793, when acclaimed Spanish painter Francisco Goya was 46, he was bedridden for months with a mysterious illness that brought on headaches, dizziness, hallucinations, and even vision and hearing problems. He eventually recovered and went on to live just past his 82nd birthday, but the illness took his hearing... More »

Mystery Illness, Strokes Ravage 4-Year-Old Boy

The treatments for a rare autoimmune disorder aren't working

(Newser) - Four months ago, Long Island boy Adam Lefkowitz was a healthy, happy kid who liked to play on monkey bars and climb trees with his friends. More than 15 strokes later, the 4-year-old is barely recognizable to his parents. Diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder called primary central nervous system... More »

A Few Nasty Germs May Actually Help Babies

Scientists investigate healing power of dirt

(Newser) - Babies in America tend to be a lot cleaner than those in, say, Namibia, and that has some advantages—most notably a drastically lower infant mortality rate. But scientists are beginning to wonder if our obsessively sanitary culture has actually given rise to various health issues, they tell the Wall ... More »

Woman Who Inspired 'Lucy in the Sky' Is Gravely Sick

Julian Lennon sends flowers to childhood pal

(Newser) - The girl whose picture inspired "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" is suffering from a disease that makes her immune system attack itself, the Telegraph reports. Lucy Vodden, 46, lives in Surrey, where a worried Julian Lennon has sent her flowers and gift certificates. Lennon sketched a picture... More »

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