Health GIS News Weekly: Stroke Maps, Mumps, Cancer Stages
U.S. Stroke Deaths
Stroke researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed off a new map of stroke deaths in the U.S. at the American Academy of Neurology’s 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The research, published in Neurology, showed hot and cold spots based on 2010 county level data.
The researchers found that in 284 counties, mostly clustered in the southeastern U.S., there were 103 stroke-related deaths per 100,000 people, compared to the nationwide median of 59.9 in 3133 counties. Cool spots were identified as 152 counties with median stroke death rate of 26.1 per 100,000.
Mumps Off Campus and On
The May 2 report from Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health shows 309 mumps cases. The outbreak linked to Ohio State (OSU) consists of 183 illnesses. There have been three hospitalizations.
Other vaccine preventable diseases are popping up in the state, too including measles and whooping cough.
Finding Underreported Sexual Assaults
Among the uses of $65,000 grant to study underreported sexual assaults in Indiana is a GIS study.
“One thing we will do is a GIS mapping of where [sexual assault] reporting has occurred in the last 10 years,” he said.
The data exist at the local level but not statewide to show areas of high and low reporting.
For those areas that have higher reporting, a team will look at whether it’s because of a particular problem in a community, suggesting more resources might be needed. But it also could indicate “good mechanisms” in place that encourage reporting and that possibly could be used in other communities.
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