While this is an interesting research area the reality is that it is very difficult to do well on our platform. We tend to have a highly engaged population with a number of biases such as higher education and socioeconomic status that might mask subtle effects of things like exposure (e.g. it might be unsurprising to find a high instance of engineers with a given disease on our site because measurement and self-tracking may appeal to this group disproportionately). We believe the best exposure studies still come from traditional epidemiology, and while this is on our long-term plan we have no current work in this area.
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- Have you thought of doing research on the relationship between exposures and disease (e.g. chemical exposure, occupation, infection)?
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