Thomas Cook is Assistant Professor of Public Health at Mercyhurst University. His research focuses on the role of common environmental exposures in chronic diseases including the synergistic effects of air pollution, aeroallergens and latent infection in promoting inflammation in psychiatric and neurological disorders.

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As individuals we accept that our health is something that can and should be monitored. A routine medical checkup begins and ends with measurement. Weight, height, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse are all checked. Routine blood work includes blood sugar and cholesterol, and all are compared with what are considered normal values. If …

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