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Friday, March 01, 2013

KState Calorie Map and other Health GIS News

 The K-State Health and Nutrition Society researched how many calories are burned walking between many common locations on campus. They published the results on K-State’s website.

Using averages for students size and pace and details from the CDC the graphic (pdf) details how many trips between two landmarks are required to burn the calories in common fast food items.

Taco Bell’s Beefy 5-Layer Burito (245 calories): from Justin Hall to the Student Union just over eight times

A mobile app is in the works.

- KState Collegian

The idea that disease travels through airport networks is not a novel one to epidemiologists. But the discovery that pandemic patterns have not changed so much after all in the last 500 years is.

That's the conclusion of an Atlantic Cites articles that basically introduces the idea of heirarchical diffusion in the spread of pandemics. Or, said another way, diffusion stayed the same, but space changed over tha tsame time. So, as we say in geography, places that are distant in geographical space maybe close in airplane space. The research is by a theoretical physiscist at Northwestern.

- Atlantic Cities

In Mali researchers georeferenced children's home locations. Then they looked at where hotpots for malaria popped up.

From June 2009 to May 2010, 296 clinical malaria cases were recorded.

Though clearly temporally related to the rains, Plasmodium falciparum occurrence persisted late in the dry season. Two "hot spots"of malaria transmission also found, notably along the Yame River, characterized by higher than expected numbers of malaria cases, and high numbers of clinical episodes per child.

Conversely, the north-eastern sector of the town had fewer cases despite its proximity to a large body of standing water which was mosquito habitat. 

The conclusion: The marked spatial heterogeneity of malaria transmission in the regions support targeted intervention efforts.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/01 at 05:30 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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