The motor neuron disease ALS causes a gradual degeneration of the musculature. Even though the process can't be stopped, Bruno Schmidt wants to live an active life for as long as possible. He fights the disease with lots of strength and optimism.
His series, the most successful ever to air on the children's channel Nickelodeon, led to two spin-off films and made billions in merchandising sales. Hillenburg announced that he had ALS in 2017.
February 28 is Rare Disease Day. Rare diseases include Alstrom syndrome, which limits life expectancy to just 25 years. DW highlights five of more than 6,000 rare diseases in the world.
Researchers at Columbia University say they've translated brain signals directly into speech. This could help people recovering after a stroke. Ostensibly.
A Hong Kong-based Swedish bookseller in jail in China has accused Sweden of exploiting his case for political reasons. But rights activists claim his statement was made under duress.
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