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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Smoking and Tobacco
Where to find data on disease rates?
Where might I find data, statistics, charts, or some other type of presentation method, that would allow me to compare and analyze differences in rates of occurrence of a certain diseases? Specifically, I would prefer to have data on arthritis.
I often encounter questions such as "I hear that the Japanese people have a very low rate of arthritis. Is this due to their diet?" Or, as another typical question, "The Eskimos eat large quantities of fat. Do they have a high death rate for causes related to high fat intake?"
If I could locate comparitave data for several diseases and isolated factors, that would be great, but I will certainly be happy with data of this sort for the one disease, arthritis.
I try to find data at government and medical sites on the internet, but with no success at all.
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Jerry Friemoth, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati