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What was a past epidemic where the disease was passed from person to person?


I need a past epidemic like the swine flu epidemic. It needs to have information about where it originated, where it was spread to, and how it was spread. I also need to know when this happened.
It has to have been spread by a human...
Any help is appreciated.
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THE SPANISH FLU 1918
WAS THE WORST RECODRED EPIDEMIC EVER
MILLIONS DIED
WE ARE DUE ANOTHER ONE SOOOONN

FACE MASKS ON PEOPLE  (+ info)

What do you think are the causes of the autism epidemic we are facing today?


If its 1 in 150 children, why isnt any vigorous research being made or any type of therapy known through our government health agencies?

Why hasnt this question came up an epidemic that is at its full speed in ANY presidential debate from both parties?
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Mercury in vaccines (which is used since it's a cheaper preservative). There's a huge amount of fairly irrefutable evidence for it, unfortunately anyone that claims this is a "quack who does not know what they're talking about."
Fortunately, if you're aware of this fact it makes it easier to deal with autism since you can opt out of vaccinations and detox the mercury. It's a fairly common practice for the powers that be to not want to remove a toxic poison from public exposure if they profit off of its usage, and hinder and attempts towards addressing the problem. Autism is just another cause.
Other sources of mercury (ie tuna), and all the food additives are believed to be contributing causes but the link is much harder to prove. Hence the best answer is probably mercury in vaccines.  (+ info)

What percentage of people infected constitutes something as an epidemic?


For science class, I needed to find what percent make something an epidemic. (i.e. 40% of people having a disease makes it an epidemic.)

If it is 40% or less, than I get extra credit.

I need a website, because I need to show him a source.

Thanks
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Well an endemic disease is one that occurs at a normal rate for example, Clostridium tetani causes tetanus infection and has a fairly steady infection rate per year. An epidemic would be a statistically substantial increase over the endemic rate; therefore, this percentage would depend on the disease.

http://www.slate.com/id/2092969/
The above site talks about the CDC's classification of the influenza virus for this year saying that a 7.7% increase would constitute an outbreak. So I'd say you should get the extra credit.  (+ info)

Why is anxiety and depression an epidemic compared to 40 years ago?


Why do you think depression, anxiety and mental health problems have grown to be an epidemic? What do you think would help slow the progression of mental health problems? Do you think mental health problems are genitic, situational, environmental, or is it due to a chemical imbalance? When a person becomes depressed; do you think it is because our brain stops producing certain chemicals or does our brain produce a chemical that aggravates depression/anxiety? Why is it when we feel anxious, our bodies react in strange ways such as pounding heart, dizzyness, can't breath, and intestinal problems?
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Why do you think depression, anxiety and mental health problems have grown to be an epidemic? What do you think would help slow the progression of mental health problems? I think we just talk about them more than we used to. However, there are some social changes that may lead to anxiety; family structure isn't what it used to be, people feel more isolated, etc. Maybe having a stronger sense of family and being part of a group of people who care about you, people you can talk comfortably with about anything.

Do you think mental health problems are genitic, situational, environmental, or is it due to a chemical imbalance? It can be any of those; it's generally considered a "chemical imbalance", but that could be triggered by genetic, situational factors, physical disease or head injury, or any combination of these.

When a person becomes depressed; do you think it is because our brain stops producing certain chemicals or does our brain produce a chemical that aggravates depression/anxiety? At least some of the time, yes. More often the brain still produces them, but they break down too quickly before they do what they are supposed to do. No one is absolutely sure why that happens in some people and not others.

Why is it when we feel anxious, our bodies react in strange ways such as pounding heart, dizzyness, can't breath, and intestinal problems? The autonomic nervous system controls mood, anxiety, digestion, sex, etc. I think it's a kind of imbalance in the autonomic nervous system. It might have been there to help our prehistoric ancestors get away from an enemy or something but maybe the purpose of this isn't as practical in modern times. Kind of left over instincts for survival that are no longer applicable. (Just an idea.)  (+ info)

How do companies profit from the cancer epidemic?


I'm writing an essay, and basically need to know how companies or industries profit from the epidemic of cancer?
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There are many people that say there are cures for certain types of cancer but the drug companies hold such a big part of our economy that they would lose if this was true. If you really stop to think about it, it is easiest to treat the symptoms than find the cause. Drug companies make billions of dollars each year and can only do so because of their medications. I found the following information for you, I hope it helps a little:


Drug companies spend an average of $10,000 to $15,000 in marketing per physician per year. They offer doctors office catering, lavish dinners and even free cruises. It has been shown that the factor with the most influence on doctors’ prescribing practice is visits from pharmaceutical representatives. Drug companies fund studies and pay physicians to give talks at conferences, and spend more than twice as much on advertising and marketing as on research. (Family Therapy Network, March 2000 and www.gayhealth.com)


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Is the obesity epidemic in America getting better or worse?


What is the news on the obesity epidemic? Not to sound offensive, but is America still getting fatter?
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I think it's been worse over the last few years but may be getting better in some views.

There are a lot more GOOD diets and health plans available than there used to be. Programs that started in the 70s or 80s that focused on only one food category or one type of exercise have either been wiped off the market or have changed their plans based on what's been discovered over the years. Plans are now being issued by doctors and nutritionist instead of just zealots who think because they are thin they know all the answers.

More people are joining gyms and speaking with their personal trainers and working out correctly , instead of using videos made by celebrities and models who know nothing about being overweight or obese.

The FDA is becoming more strict on diet pills and what really should or shouldn't be on the market and, though there are a lot that are being sold, consumers have bought less diet pills and shakes in the last few years than before I think because they are finally realizing they just don't work.

More people are also taking the steps towards surgeries to lose weight. It is unfortunate that a lot of society gets to that point but we are lucky that it is available, that many options are available, and that those options are not as dangerous as they were a decade ago.

There will always be those who order double the amount because it's cheaper that way, think that taking a fat burner and eating a pack of oreos is OK, say that they will walk an extra mile because of the pound of fried something they ate the night before, think they are just predispositioned to be heavy and so forgo a balanced and healthy lifestyle but I think most people are starting to be more knowledgeable about how unhealthy they really are.

Meal times and types are being changed. Families are getting active together. Doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, and chefs are telling us WHY we are unhealthy...instead of just telling us that we are...and helping us to figure out how to change that.

I think you will find, as happens with all 'epidemics', that America's weight issues will increase and decrease every few years. People will always be unhealthy and healthy. People will always be overweight and average. There will never come a day when everyone fits into one category.  (+ info)

What is your personal perspective of the hiv/aids epidemic?


I would like to know people's personal perspective of the hiv/ aids epidemic.
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It's horrible. What else is there to say about it? It just awful and I'm sorry that anyone has to get this disease. It's not fair.

And for anyone who doesn't think they are affected by it, don't be so sure. My friend contracted HIV and died of pneumonia. I'm just a working class, married, woman, librarian, and mother. I thought I would never be directly affected by HIV either. I was wrong.  (+ info)

How many people have died from swine flu since the epidemic started? Could you please cite your source?


How many people have died from swine flu since the epidemic started? Could you please cite your source?
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Worldwide there have been over 4500 confirmed deaths.  (+ info)

where can i get help on epidemic guidelines?


I work in a boarding school and I have been asked to put together guidelines on what to do if an outbreak of a illness occurs, eg Influenza epidemic.
Not sure where to begin, or even which resources to contact.
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Hi,

The CDC website would probably give you the best resources for epidemics.

Nate
Clinical Lab Scientist  (+ info)

Would it benefit the survivor if an epidemic broke out or hurt them?


Lets say an epidemic breaks out in two days and in 7 months the population if reduced to 2/3 of what it was all around the globe. Would the survivors be better off or worse off.
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Interesting question. As sad as this is, there would be less people, less jobs needing to be filled. More jobs created b/c of the illness and death. If people have life insurance the companies would be paying out a lot of money. People without insurance, their families might not be able to survive the loss of that person or income. Affects would be felt in the mortgage industry, etc. if those bills could not be paid due to the death of the wage earner.

Although, I think about how many people would die and that would be awful for family members.

I guess it depends on how you look at it.  (+ info)

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