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Postby silverheart7 » August 31st, 2012, 3:42 pm

The topic is Environmental Quality, right? Does anyone know of any good books, websites, or other resources for this year?
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Infinity Flat » August 31st, 2012, 5:25 pm

The topic is Environmental Quality, right? Does anyone know of any good books, websites, or other resources for this year?
Honestly, everything on the soinc page is really excellent. Go through everything there and you will be golden.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby Willows » August 31st, 2012, 8:11 pm

The topic is Environmental Quality, right? Does anyone know of any good books, websites, or other resources for this year?
Honestly, everything on the soinc page is really excellent. Go through everything there and you will be golden.
No, not really. They haven't updated the page with 2013 info yet.

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Postby Infinity Flat » August 31st, 2012, 9:34 pm

The topic is Environmental Quality, right? Does anyone know of any good books, websites, or other resources for this year?
Honestly, everything on the soinc page is really excellent. Go through everything there and you will be golden.
No, not really. They haven't updated the page with 2013 info yet.
From the page:

Ecology of Increasing Disease: Population Growth and Environmental Degradation
National Center for Environmental Health

Those should contain more than enough information to go through while they continue to update for the 2013 topic.

In addition, the general epidemiology resources and especially those on bias and confounding are also very useful, even if you're already quite familiar with the event.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby silverheart7 » September 1st, 2012, 12:52 pm

Thanks so much! I'm really excited for this year. Hopefully it won't make me as paranoid as last year's did ;)
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Postby deezee » September 6th, 2012, 2:49 pm

cdc.gov is also a great resource. You can just look under "environmental problems" and such to find info.
What disease did cured ham actually have?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...Does that mean the fifth one enjoys it?
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Postby piisamazing » October 2nd, 2012, 8:28 pm

Today me and my partner were in English class, and on a question one of the answer choices was a list of different diseases: Black plague, Scarlet fever, Rocky Mountain fever, malaria, and West Nile virus. Instantly we got excited about the diseases, and started talking about how cool Rocky Mountain fever is.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby 2win » October 27th, 2012, 10:12 pm

Where in the rules does it say that the topic is environmental quality? In part d of number 3, they list food poisoning, West Nile and state data on bicycle injuries.... (I could be misunderstanding something because this is my first year for the event...)

edit: forget the above, sorry, that was really stupid.... >.> um, but have you guys been finding state data on bicycle injuries?
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Postby Infinity Flat » October 28th, 2012, 4:51 pm

Where in the rules does it say that the topic is environmental quality? In part d of number 3, they list food poisoning, West Nile and state data on bicycle injuries.... (I could be misunderstanding something because this is my first year for the event...)

edit: forget the above, sorry, that was really stupid.... >.> um, but have you guys been finding state data on bicycle injuries?
That's not something you need to study yourself, but rather an example of a data set you might be asked to interpret at competition. The tools of epidemiology can be used to analyze a wide range of problems and events, with food poisoning, West Nile, and bicycle injuries examples of things that fall within the field of study.
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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby deezee » November 1st, 2012, 2:31 pm

What are the biases and errors that we had to know?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...Does that mean the fifth one enjoys it?
I used to be healthy, until I took an arrow to the knee and got gangrene.

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Postby butter side up » November 5th, 2012, 10:46 am

What are the biases and errors that we had to know?
Confounding error is the one that I see the most frequently. Other than that, it usually seems to be more along the lines of "identify some potential sources of bias/error in this study" or something along those lines. Even those are very rare.

Has anyone else noticed that the "environmental" diseases include food- and water-borne diseases? It seems to be those PLUS the chemical and physical agents. It seems to be a rather broad spectrum. Do you think that those will still be heavily included, or will the focus be more on the 'purely' environmental diseases and injuries?
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Postby Flavorflav » November 6th, 2012, 6:53 am

What are the biases and errors that we had to know?
Confounding error is the one that I see the most frequently. Other than that, it usually seems to be more along the lines of "identify some potential sources of bias/error in this study" or something along those lines. Even those are very rare.

Has anyone else noticed that the "environmental" diseases include food- and water-borne diseases? It seems to be those PLUS the chemical and physical agents. It seems to be a rather broad spectrum. Do you think that those will still be heavily included, or will the focus be more on the 'purely' environmental diseases and injuries?
That depends on the event writer. Personally, I would not use diseases that fall under the foodborne category, since that is a topic for another year. Similarly, I would not include those waterborne diseases which are heavily influenced by population density, since those fall under population growth. We had a focus on zoonoses once a while back, but since that doesn't seem to have entered the rotation I would consider those diseases fair game. This puts "natural" environmental agents such as Rickettsia, Borellia, Giardia etc. back on the table.

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby coool12 » November 14th, 2012, 1:37 am

nice posts..........

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Re: Disease Detectives B/C

Postby deezee » November 15th, 2012, 2:41 pm

What are the biases and errors that we had to know?
Confounding error is the one that I see the most frequently. Other than that, it usually seems to be more along the lines of "identify some potential sources of bias/error in this study" or something along those lines. Even those are very rare.

Has anyone else noticed that the "environmental" diseases include food- and water-borne diseases? It seems to be those PLUS the chemical and physical agents. It seems to be a rather broad spectrum. Do you think that those will still be heavily included, or will the focus be more on the 'purely' environmental diseases and injuries?
yeah the focus is pretty broad, but I think the majority of scenarios will involve things like carbon monoxide poisoning or sunburns and other "purely" environmental stuff, like you said.
What disease did cured ham actually have?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...Does that mean the fifth one enjoys it?
I used to be healthy, until I took an arrow to the knee and got gangrene.


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