Health GIS Tibits
Auckland University and the Counties DHB [District Health Board] are appealing to the health sector nationally to co-operate by providing data for the country's [NZ] first health atlas.
And they are serious: Health atlas pioneer Professor Jack Wennberg, of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the United States spoke at Auckland University talking about the value of US atlases.
University of Utah Biology Professor Denise Dearing co-authored a study that examined deer mice populations across twelve sites in central Utah. The study used free imagery (I'm guessing Landsat) to determine habitats where mice thrive. "The imagery tracks greenness of vegetation which can result in an increase in mice populations." That in turn, apparently can help predict where hantavirus is likely to jump from mouse to man. It's not clear how or if the imagery can tell if the mice carry the disease.
Taipei City launched an online trial map of healthy restaurants and sports centers Monday as part of it efforts to help residents lose weight and live more health lifestyles.