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
A 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
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.