Additional Links - 2013 Essay Contest

While engineering has put us on the road to a healthier planet, many battles are still left to fight.  In your essay, you'll be looking at one of the leading causes of death throughout the world and thinking about how engineers are working to protect us, now and in the future.  To get you started we've found several websites that provide basic information about heart disease, stroke, influenza (and other lower respiratory infections), emphysema (or COPD), and diarrhea.

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    Rx for Survival: Diarrheal Diseases

    Companion site to a program on PBS, this article discusses the history and current treatments for diarrheal diseases.

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    What You Need to Know About Diarrhea

    Detailed information about diarrhea from the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse of the National Institutes of Health.

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    Diarrhoeal disease fact sheet

    Created by the World Health Organizations, this fact sheet covers the causes, dangers, and steps that can taken to prevent or treat diarrhea

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    Medline Plus: Diarrhea

    From the National Institutes of Health: An overview of the symptoms, causes, and dangers of diarrhea

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    WHO: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

    Fact sheet from the World Health Organization with links to global activities to fight COPD

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    Medline Plus: Emphysema

    From the Institutes of Health: an introduction to the symptoms associated with emphysema, a form of CPOD

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    Medline Plus: COPD

    From the National Institutes of Health: an introduction to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

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    Deadly Diseases: The flu

    From RX For Survival, a PBS series on global health issues, this article looks at the flu as a deadly disease with potential to start a pandemic

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    Medline Plus: Flu

    A basic introduction to the symptoms associated with the flu. From the National Institutes of Health

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    The Types of Influenza

    From the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an article on the different types of flu viruses

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    Flu.Gov

    From the US Department of Health & Human Services, everything you need to know about protecting yourself from the flu.

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    PBS Kids: Flu Facts

    Basic facts about the flu from the PBS show, Zoom!

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    Medline Plus: Stroke

    A starting place for researching stoke from the National Institute of Health. Includes the basic warning signs of someone having a stroke.

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    Heart and Stroke Foundation: Stroke

    Check this page for mulitple resources about strokes and related risk factors.

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    Stroke from Kids Health

    Learn the basics of what causes a stroke, how it happens, and how it is treated or prevented.

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    The Blood Supply of the Brain-Neuroscience for Kids

    Basic information about the blood supply to the brain and how strokes work.

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    Medline Plus: Heart Disease

    A starting place for researching heart disease from the National Institute of Health.

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    Heart and Stroke Foundation: Heart Disease

    Multiple links to informational resources about heart disease and related risk factors.

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    Heart Disease from Kids Health

    Explore the basics of heart disease, what causes it, and how it is treated.