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Mapping illness

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Amw66, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Amw66

    Amw66 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I saw this on Twitter and wondered -
    Given that ME may have environmental triggers has anyone mapped where people with ME lived when they started being ill ( i know that this will be difficult for gradual onset)
    My interest is piqued as most of the mums i know are either rural ( potential pesticides) or in old industrial heartlands.

    Does anyone feel this is worth an MEA survey?
     
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    Amw66 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Sorry tweet

     
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    Trish Moderator Staff Member

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    If you mean the type of environment ( rural, semi-rural, urban industrial, city centre, suburban...) rather than actual geographical location, you could experiment to see how feasible it is by setting up a poll on this forum.
     
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    BruceInOz Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    To be meaningful you would have to correct for population density, otherwise I just see it being a map of population density.
     
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    Snow Leopard Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    ME and CFS show up all over the world in similar prevalance, if there are any key environmental factors (besides infections), they seem ubiquitous.
     
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    Mithriel Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    We know that ME happens in epidemics and clusters and organophosphate poisoning in rural areas gives a syndrome similar to ME. Glandular fever is ubiquitous though most people never get ME from it. I don't think a map would tell us anything more.
     
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    Little Bluestem Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Years ago, someone had an online map somewhere that people with ME/CFS could add themselves to. I don't remember who or where.
     

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