disease spread study was completed at the end of December
the various symptoms from the study were graphed over the two months
that information was collected, there were definite trends among the
data. Data tended to cluster into three groups - in cold, flu, and
fatigue related systems. Though certain symptoms can often be traced
to multiple ailments, in general they tend to correspond to specific
diseases. Frequent coughing, for example, is generally caused by
throat irritation resulting from the common cold. However, it can
also indicate the presence of lung diseases such as bronchitis and asthma, and could
be caused simply by an individual's allergies.
group that plotted temperature with student health determined a
direct collection between student health and average daily
temperature. Though temperature itself does not contribute to a
decline in student health, it often confines students indoors, where
the combination of low humidity and poor air circulation provides
ideal conditions for viruses to spread. Students are also likely to
exercise less in the winter - a factor that may inhibit the proper
response of their immune system.
Full conclusions and explanations regarding all aspects of the study were presented at Oyster River High School during the 00-01 midterm exam session. Some of the final data and graphs are available below.
The second study conducted by Boris Masis and Daniel Noronha has also come to a close. This study focused specifically on the effects of stress on health. All of the raw data and graphs are available. The final paper presenting all conclusions, interpretations of the graphs, and background information as well as the original format excel file is also online.