Investigating etiology through space/time epidemiology

Multiple Sclerosis Geographics

Nationwide multiple sclerosis (MS) distribution by county. This data is normalized according to the 1990 census population.

Megan Blewett

A Resource for Both Patients and Researchers

Welcome to the multiple sclerosis geographics website. This site is dedicated to providing information regarding the geographic distribution of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Examining where a disease is found can provide insight into environmental factors that may be involved in that disease. One of the missions of this site is to use spatial statistics and geographic mapping to focus on environmental factors that might be triggering MS.

The goal is to explain and examine MS using strong scientific background in order to inform patients and researchers, alike. This site combines a number of different fields, from biochemistry to spatial statistics to pathology, to investigate the etiology, or cause of MS. However, its main focus is the spatial, or geographic distribution of MS.

Lastly, this site involves a new epidemiological paradigm: comparative space/time epidemiology. Comparative space/time epidemiology is just that: a comparison of the space/time epidemiology of related diseases. Epidemiology often examines the relationship between a disease and a given variable, such as a certain vitamin, wildlife, or other factor. Here, the distribution of MS will largely be compared to the distributions of other diseases, specifically those of known origins.





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