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Environmental diseases slides and notes in Word document 2.0-1

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Environmental diseases will always be with us – lurking in the background waiting for the opportunity to take its unsuspecting victim. They can only be prevented as Barry Commoner says. During the late 1950s, Commoner became a well-known protester against nuclear testing . He went on to write several books about the negative ecological effects of above-ground nuclear testing. A renowned cellular biologist, Barry Commoner helped initiate the modern environmental movement. In the early 1950s, Commoner—then a professor at Washington University in St. Louis—became concerned about radioactive fallout spreading from nuclear-weapons tests in the Nevada desert. Finding that much of the data from the tests remained classified, he saw the need for citizen access to information about the results' implications for the environment. This led to the formation of the St. Louis Committee for Nuclear Information (CNI). It then becomes your responsibility as a health professional to prevent the resurgence of the disease that is waiting in the wings to attack those among us that are the weak and unsuspecting. The text does a good job of giving us an overview of the various diseases out there that are considered environmental diseases. During this time together I will expand on what the text has said and suggest some others. It is vital that in order to prevent a disease you must understand the nature of the disease and how it operates. In a way it is like a thief in the night that is hiding and wanting to punch on the victim. You must understand the MO of the thief in order to anticipate the actions and to prevent the spread of the disease. The very first element in protection is to identify the potential victim. Exactly what is the demographics for the victims. How will the disease strike them and in what form. This requires doing some risk assessment of the community or population that you are wishing to protect. Stop and think about them for a while.
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This is the most amazing project in my mind that has come along in many years. The human genome is the genome of Homo sapiens. It is made up of 23 chromosome pairs with a total of about 3 billion DNA base pairs. There are 24 distinct human chromosomes: 22 autosomal chromosomes, plus the sex-determining X and Y chromosomes. Chromosomes 1-22 are numbered roughly in order of decreasing size. Somatic cells usually have one copy of chromosomes 1-22 from each parent, plus an X chromosome from the mother, and either an X or Y chromosome from the father, for a total of 46. There are an estimated 20,000-25,000 human protein-coding genes. The estimate of the number of human genes has been repeatedly revised down from initial predictions of 100,000 or more as genome sequence quality and gene finding met . [6]
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2012 for the course ENVHLTH 102 taught by Professor Dalestephenson during the Spring '11 term at Boise State.

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