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Friday, March 21, 2014

GIS Health News Weekly: AIDS in Denver, Malpractice by State, Heroin Hotbed

Denver Added to AIDSVu

Interactive maps of HIV prevalence in Denver, Colorado are now available AIDSVu, the app from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Denver is the 21st city to have detailed data available; the new data covers the five-county metro area of Denver, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Adams and Douglas Counties.

New York State Tops Malpractice Payouts

Medical malpractice lawsuits paid out more in New York last year than in any other state. The state paid  $690 million in New York while second-ranked Pennsylvania paid $357 million in payouts. NY leads in per capita payouts, too, if you like your data normalized. The data source is  Jeremy Gower of Diederich Healthcare, a medical malpractice insurer. 

Scarlet Fever in Nottingham Mapped

Councillor Alex Norris, portfolio holder for health at Nottingham City Council said: “While not especially dangerous, and easily treatable with antibiotics, scarlet fever is contagious.

Local authorities are asking parents to keep children out of school and take them to the doctor if they show symptoms. And, the local paper offers a map.

Why is Rock County, WI a Hotbed of Heroin?

Geography has just about everything to do with Rock County’s growing and deadly addiction to heroin.

It's a good location for businesses including drug business due to its proximity to so many large markets.

More Evidence of an Environmental and Geographic Link to Autism

new study suggests a strong correlation between autism rates and male reproductive system malformations, which can be caused by environmental toxins.  Those toxins show up is specific geographies.

Exposure to Fast Food Correlates to Larger Waistlines

Researchers from the University of Cambridge found that the people who are most exposed to fast food were almost twice as likely to be obese as those who were least exposed. The study was published last week in the British Medical Journal.
 
Avian Flu: Second Wave in Asia
 
study predicting the spread of the H7N9 avian flu virus into China's Guangxi province also identified northern Vietnam as the next high-risk area. The research, which including GIS was done by Chinese and American collaborators. The pace of new H7N9 cases in the second wave of infections in the area has slowed to just a few sporadic cases per week. There's been almost no talk of Avian Flu in the U.S. this season.
 
Mapping the Uninsured in Cities
 
Graduate student Kevin Johnson from Georgia Tech offer maps of the medically uninsured for the top 15 metro areas in the US. He uses R.
 
2014 Esri Health Conference
 
The call for presentations for the 2014 Esri Health GIS Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nov 3-5 is open until August 1st.
 
New Pathway for Avian Flu
 
The North Atlantic region is a newly discovered important pathway for avian influenza to move between Europe and North America. The finding is from a U.S. Geological Survey report published yesterday.
USGS scientists and Icelandic partners found avian flu viruses from North America and Europe in migratory birds in Iceland, demonstrating that the North Atlantic is as significant as the North Pacific in being a melting pot for birds and avian flu. A great number of wild birds from Europe and North America congregate and mix in Iceland's wetlands during migration, where infected birds could transmit avian flu viruses to healthy birds from either location.
by Adena Schutzberg on 03/21 at 03:18 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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