Why is it important to learn about disease trends?
Identifying diseases that might be associated with environmental contaminants, and determining the existing data sources available for them, [ is a key part of the effort to better characterize links between environmental exposures and adverse health outcomes.
Tracking overall rates of disease in the nation, independent of exposure, enables the evaluation of disease patterns and emerging
trends. It may identify diseases, conditions, and possible risk factors that warrant further study or intervention and can help identify where policies or interventions have been successful. Because the U.S. has a diverse population, an important component of such an analysis is identifying disparities among people of differing races and ethnicities, genders, education and income levels, and geographic locations. ................ ]
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