Questions tagged [diseases]

For questions related to a disorder (illness, disease and sickness) that affects the function or structure of an organism.

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What condition could cause chronically reddened sclera?

I have a character whose eye whites are bright red, and I'd like to make some attempt to justify why. This character's species has eyes that generally become bloodshot in the same way and under the ...
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What would a heterozygote advantage against rabies look like?

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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Could internal exposure to electromagnetic radiation be contagious or leave a trace? [closed]

This is linked to another question I asked a few days ago but my story concerns an inter-dimensional consciousness that lures children into itself by manifesting as magical wonderlands with wacky ...
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How much ionizing radiation would a baby need to absorb to develop acute myeloid leukaemia by the time they were 8?

My story concerns an inter-dimensional consciousness that lures children into itself by manifesting as magical wonderlands with wacky characters (think a creepy Sesame Street or Lazy Town). The real ...
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Would a somewhat benign "vampiric" virus be doomed to infect everyone?

In one of the books of the The Witcher series Geralt has been told by a vampire (Regis, if I recall) that it was not true that vampirism could be spread by bite. He elaborated that the whole idea was ...
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Genetic disease that makes thermoregulation voluntary

I wonder if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. There is a real life genetic disease called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (or Ondine's curse, if you want). People ...
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what is a medical condition that makes you weaker and weaker (that affects teens) [closed]

I'm writing a story and one of the characters have a medical condition, they are 16/17 they're gonna die soon there's no cure, just treatment they can still attend school and walk around without ...
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Would merpeople contract diseases from land?

In working on the merpeople for my story - very basic, classic merpeople - they are humans underwater with fish tails. I've questioned whether they would contract diseases. It seems that they would in ...
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A genetic disorder that makes people unable to feel itch

I know that congenital insensitivity to pain exists and is autosomal recessive. There is a village in Sweden where 40 cases of this rare genetic disease were reported. I am writing a story with a ...
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Heterozygote advantage against influenza/flu

Some heterozygote advantages in humans are: People with sickle-cell trait are resistant to malaria, but people with sickle-cell disease tend to die young. Depending of the source we believe, people ...
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Is my story's treatment of tuberculosis realistic?

A side character, a sister of my main character, has been stricken with an unidentifiable disease in an early 19th century circa 1800 - 1850 setting. She's had the disease for a few years. Country ...
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What would be the average civilian's first hints that a zombie apocalypse was near in a pre-mass internet world?

I'm a big fan of zombie fiction, but one aspect that is rarely touched upon is how things look in the first stages of an apocalypse scenario. If you were an average civilian in the mid 90's when the ...
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How do Roman analogues purify air in a mushroom forest?

The Valyn are a Roman analogue who have been exiled to live in a hostile mushroom forest with daily mist in the vein of a Cloud forest. The air is absolutely brimming with mold, spores, and ...
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If the world was perfect, how would we know how to decipher imperfections?

I've always wondered that if everything was always "good", how would we know that there was something "less good" to distinguish the "good" from the "less good"?...
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What disease could my time traveler find a definitive 'cure' for, without recognizing the specific disease

I've been toying with a story of person sent to a alternate reality that mirrors medieval Europe, but not necessarily with identical history/countries. The time traveler would earn the trust/support ...
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How species-specific are tropical diseases and parasites?

Following on from a recent question about animals, concerning a group of people traveling sideways in time, to a world that resembles Earth as it would have been had humans never evolved, it occurs to ...
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Infectious diabetes [closed]

I want to know if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. I imagined a hypothetical viral disease that causes a contagious form of diabetes. It is only transmitted by blood. The virus ...
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Can a virus that causes forced evolution exist?

I recently watched a movie called The Cave. In the movie there's a group of spelunkers that get trapped in the cave with a bunch of blind monsters. towards the end of the movie, we find out that the ...
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"A disease killed a king in six months. What disease was it?" Fantasy, some magical healing

I'm currently trying to plot out a novel, the sequel to my Salamander and Brothers. Part of the plot involves a succession struggle. I mention in one of the previous books, set about fifteen years ...
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How could civilization deal with a prion pandemic? [closed]

Prions are misfolded proteins that cause neurodegenerative diseases. They are smaller than viruses and they are the smallest known infectous pathogen. Somehow they could reproduce on their own and the ...
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Can we get rid of all illnesses by a year of Total Extreme Quarantine?

Earth-Year: 2618. Location: Planet Hope, Proxima Centauri. Terraformation status: 97.8% Earth-like. Population: 128.596. The residents of this planet live in a paradise-like environment. The gravity ...
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Infectious hemophilia

I want to know if the disease I invented is realistic or a total fiction. Coagulopathies or bleeding disorders, like hemophilia, and Von Willebrand's syndrome, are diseases in which the blood's ...
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How can an illness make one's eyes turn green?

I'm designing an illness found in a set group of people. Its effects worsen over time. They suffer from various issues such as nose and mouth bleeding, along with some form of anemia, lingering ...
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A genetic disorder that makes people look like an elephant and a whale

I want to know if the genetic syndrome I invented is logical or just a total fiction. There are seven symptoms: Gigantism; Truncal obesity; Alopecia universalis (the complete absence of hair all over ...
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Genetic disorder that would be the opposite of achondroplasia

Achondroplasia is a form of dwarfism that is characterized by short limbs and normal-sized abdomen, torso, neck, and head. Could there be a form of gigantism that is characterized by long limbs and ...
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I need a disease or illness in young adults [closed]

I'm writing a story that involves the main character finding out she has some kind of disease or illness and how she deals with it immediately after. She's 20 years old and has been healthy up to this ...
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Drop dead disease

Diseases kill people by messing up with some mechanism that is necessary for life. This generally means that they have a progression - for respiratory diseases, you will have difficulty breathing for ...
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How could zombies infect the population of an entire town? [closed]

There is a zombie apocalypse scenario where one zombie appeared in a small town in America. Would it be possible or plausible for them to take over? My problem is that the military would just quickly ...
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A Rabid Black Death, Part I: How Virulent Would it Be?

Our first record of rabies, the infamous foaming madness disease, dated all the way back to 2000 BC. The foaming at the mouth and excessive aggression are among the most recognizable symptoms of ...
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Would a Pre-Columbian America with its own plagues still be vulnerable to Old World diseases?

Most of the Native Americans in our history were killed by smallpox, measles, etcetera, and this video makes a good case for why: though the Americas had cities of their own, they lacked many options ...
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How can a government really track the source of infection during a pandemics?

How can a government really track the source of infection during a pandemics An airborne pandemic is affecting the entire country and the hospitals are overflowing with patients. The number of severe ...
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Could a bug sting induce a human body to explode?

The setup is similar to a funny horror movie or like Troma movies. Deaths only happen to insignificant, unnamed characters. However, I would like to have some plausible science back-up (maybe slightly ...
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A very strange and specific pathogen

The pathogen is dormant, spread amongst the lymph nodes and other places within an animal commonly found in places of relatively high temperatures, near volcanoes and similar locations. It remains ...
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How to Safely Sterilize Europa?

In The Lost Fleet series, it's established that a genetically-engineered disease was accidentally released on Europa, which wiped out all the colonists present. By the time of the series, an insane ...
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Closest real neurological disorder to the state of being an eldritch entity?

This is going to take some explaining, but the basic idea is thus: In the world I'm creating, if matter is exposed to enough magical energy it ceases to respect the laws of physics and becomes known ...
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Lethal Pandemic

I'm looking to create a lethal disease for a sci-fi book. The plot surrounds a group of rich people taking teenagers off earth to start a new life away from this illness. The pandemic has been going ...
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I need to find a disease [duplicate]

I am currently working on character building in preparation for my first movie screenplay. One of my characters is a 15-17 year old girl with a terminal disease. Here are some requirements for the ...
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How do I ensure that two characters survive the black death without making them naturally immune?

Everyone in my community is collapsing to the ground and dying painfully. My husband, he is one of the few remaining men to bury the dead and I worry that soon I'll be left alone. How do I ensure that ...
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How would WW1 trench warfare be fought if a biological weapon was released on one side by the other?

Sawdust bread, trenches with mud reaching up to your ankles, artillery pounding each other nearly 24/7, troops crossing no-man’s land only to be cut down by heavy machine gun fire... Trench warfare ...
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Diseases that require long-term hospital admission [closed]

Is there an illness wherein 1) it can be diagnosed in teens(16-18 preferably) and could eventually lead to death. 2) it requires long-term admission to the hospital because the condition may ...
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Changing humans to their mirror image versions to become immune to infectious diseases

If we could replace DNA, RNA and the ribosomes in our cells by their mirror image versions, then everything would work in the same way, except that the chirality of all molecules would have been ...
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Placebo-worthy drug?

Are there any medicine out there specifically used to treat serious illnesses (it could be something as simple as painkillers to something for a very rare chronic illness) that could be swapped out ...
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What disease prevents donating bone marrow? [closed]

In my story character signed agreement by which he had to donate bone marrow to person in need of it in exchange of money. Right after signing agreement, character received money (lets say its enough ...
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In futuristic domed cities terrified of pandemics, how would spread be prevented between domes?

With the Covid-19 pandemic currently underway, it's a bit easier to imagine a world where the virus is more lethal and even brutal measures are used to contain the spread of diseases. In the scenario ...
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How does a disease cause its hosts to travel more?

Diseases that cause changes in the behaviour of their hosts are nothing new. Rabies causing animals to bite others is the best known example, but there are plenty of other (often nightmarish) ...
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How would a world occupied by just teenagers occur? [duplicate]

My story is set in a post apocalyptic setting where there are only teenagers and children. Also, cities are overrun with knee high grass and large lakes. Animals have evolved and have gotten more ...
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Can 2019-nCoV be altered to be carried by the wind?

After surveying customers about their new product, 2019-nCoV™, E.V.I.L. Inc. realized that many of them would pay for an upgrade which allows for the virus to be carried by the wind itself in order to ...
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How could a pathogen feed on silicon while infecting humans? [closed]

How could a pathogen feed on silicon in computers while infecting humans with a high degree of success? The world here is a few years away from general AI and the commercialization of GM humans. Non-...
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Time travelling virus anno 1900

One of the most well known, but commonly ignored issues of time travel is this: Due to the fact that viruses and bacteria constantly evolve, diseases that we are today resistant to have never before ...
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What would a moderately more advanced society on Earth do to stop a pandemic? [closed]

The Coronavirus is spreading all over the world and it seems to be airborne, highly contagious and hard to contain. If I survive, I want to write a pandemic story. Let’s say there is an airborne virus ...

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