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A Story of health
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    United States. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. ; Collaborative on Health and the Environment. ; Science and Environmental Health Network. ; ... More ▼
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    A multi-media eBook.

    Case-based learning has long been used in medical education. Our eBook grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience. Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, we explore how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan.

    When people get sick or develop a disability, they often ask their health care providers, “How or why did this happen?” In some cases, the answer is obvious. In others, it’s more complicated. A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook that explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families - Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each fictional case features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease.

    Installment 1 of the eBook
Includes Introduction and 3 stories – Brett’s Story (asthma), Amelia’s story (developmental disabilities) and Stephen’s story (childhood cancer).

    The UCSF Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) prepared A Story of Health on behalf of the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded as part of the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000238-01from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

    Suggested citation: Miller M, Schettler T, Tencza B, Valenti M. A Story of Health. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Collaborative on Health and the Environment, Science and Environmental Health Network, University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.


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