A Royal Spotlight on a Rare Condition

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with a child who will be in a direct line to inherit the throne of England. The news is not all good, as the Duchess has been hospitalized for treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe and debilitating morning sickness. The New York Times spoke with Dr. Marlena Fejzo, an obstetrics researcher and former H.G. sufferer, about the condition.

Q. What is hyperemesis gravidarum?
A. It’s severe, debilitating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy that generally leads to more than 5 percent weight loss and requires fluid treatment. Sometimes, in more extreme cases, it requires nutritional supplements.

Q. Are there treatments?
A. Doctors try to give IV and anti-nausea medication at first. About 20 percent of the women who contact the Hyperemesis Education and Research Foundation require tube feeding. It’s very serious. They have to have a tube inserted above their heart. Blood tests have to be done every day, or every other day, and the bag of nutrients has to be monitored to make sure it’s personalized for the woman’s needs. But I don’t think Kate Middleton (based on news reports) has it that bad. She’s just gone in for the IV fluids.

Fejzo also tells us about the prevalence, prognosis, and possible complications of H.G. Link -via Metafilter, where you'll find more links.

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Just to quote you:
"And would this even have made the news if she wasn't a celebrity?"

So, on what basis are you bashing her?

Not that I mind it, really, but you should consider your motivation. Are you putting forth a rational objection, or are you having a knee-jerk contrarian anti-famous-person attitude out of jealousy, bitterness, despair, or insecurity?

We'll always have the parasites of celebrities and royalty in the world - people who are "special" by reason of birth or looks. If they can at leasdt be used to bring our attention to strange and unusual diseases, etc..., at least that's a start. The coal mines can be the next step.
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Don't get me wrong, my entire point is that people don't seem to care unless it happens to celebrities and the nobility is the worst of celebrities.. the person who lucked into it literally by birth.

I don't wish anyone to suffer and it's good that awareness is being raised. However, show me the barely making ends meet mother who is suffering from this, or better yet one that is uninsured. I have much more sympathy for them then for a duchess.
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