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Where to find data on disease rates?

06/08/1999

Question:

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.

Thank you.

Answer:

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati