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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Personal Pollen App and other Health GIS News

Symptoms vary from individual to individual. Some people with allergies have severe reactions, whereas others barely notice a thing. A new, free App from the MedUni Vienna’s pollen warning services takes this fact into account and calculates how badly an individual is likely to be affected: a personalised pollen alarm, including a forecast for the next three days.

Sorry, Europe only at this point.

- Medical University of Vienna

Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services in Las Vegas has discharged and bused more than 1,500 patients across the country during the past five years.

The top destination? LA. The map (Tableau) paints a scary picture.

Analysis by the Sacremento Bee suggests the busing relates to budget cuts.

In recent years, as Nevada has slashed funding for mental health services, the number of mentally ill patients being bused out of southern Nevada has steadily risen, growing 66 percent from 2009 to 2012.

Officials in the program say that the vast majority of patients are stable and are heading towards friends or family at the end of their bus journey. However, some end up in strang cities, knowing no one, without medications.

- Sacremento Bee

A new report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, on the well-being of children in 35 developed nations, turned up some alarming statistics about child poverty. More than one in five American children fall below a relative poverty line, which UNICEF defines as living in a household that earns less than half of the national median. The United States ranks 34th of the 35 countries surveyed, above only Romania and below virtually all of Europe plus Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

A static thematic map accompanies the story.

- WaPo

by Adena Schutzberg on 04/16 at 03:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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