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Friday, April 25, 2014

GIS Health News Weekly: Suicide Map, Elevation and Fitness

World Map of Suicide

Business Insider collected WHO and other data to create a world map of suicide rates. Data from developed countries is probably more accurate, while that from developing countries is more likely to be estimated. The data come from 2004 up to 2011. I'm not sure of the value of such a map, but perhaps it's the best we have.

Firefighter Fatalities

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released an online map tracking firefighter fatalities in the United States. The map is built on HERE Maps and interestingly, while you can search on a number of criteria, geography is not one of them.

Map the Meal Gap 2014 is a detailed analysis of food insecurity done by Feeding America and the only study available that provides county–level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. The information is provided in an interactive map that allows viewers to find out how widespread hunger is in their community. But, don't be fooled the data comes from a 2012 collection, even though the PR is not clear on this fact. This from Feeding America:
The data was collected in 2012 and released by the USDA in September, 2013 as part of their report of Food Insecurity in the US – at the national and state level. We then work with the raw data and other inputs to determine estimates of food insecurity at the county and Congressional level.
Live High, Lose Weight?
 
Could it be that living at elevation and limited oxygen available helps keep those who are overweight from becoming obese? A study suggests that's possible.
US Air Force and Army service members stationed at high-altitude military facilities were less likely to transition from overweight status to obese status, according to findings published in PLoS One.
by Adena Schutzberg on 04/25 at 03:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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