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GIS Health Weekly News: Cardiac App, Obesity, Cancer Deaths

Friday, February 21st 2014

Where's the Cath Lab? Who's got it? CathMaps+, per Kickstart LLC, is the first HIPAA-compliant mobile application for cardiac patients and those at risk for a cardiac incident. It includes the patient's cardiac history and an interactive map of Cath Labs throughout most of the world. It...

GIS Education Weekly News: Estimating Routes to School, More Free Courses

Thursday, February 20th 2014

How Accurate are GIS-created Routes to School? The length of routes and the food options along the way are important research topics for those exploring children's health with respect to obesity. How well do the estimated routes created by GIS match with the path students actually travel? Not...

GIS Health Weekly News: Food Addiction, Healthy Eating, Life Expectancy

Friday, February 7th 2014

Food Addiction Research released last week online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (abstract, full text requires subscription) looked at food addiction. It used data from 134,000 middle-aged and older women who were part of the Nurses’ Health Study. About 6% could be considered to...

Map of Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks and other Health GIS News

Monday, January 27th 2014

The Council on Foreign Relations offers this Map of Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks. There's a clicker to walk through the last six years and an opportunity to contribute data. There is a menu choice called "Introduction" which explains the point:  This interactive map visually plots global...

Nat Geo Emerging Explorer Needs Crowdfunding and other Health GIS News

Thursday, January 16th 2014

That day we decided to try to create such an ecosystem, and the Distributed Health Labs was born.  Our idea was to build the technology stack that would enable a human-powered sensor network for problems that really matter, like tracking pollution or infectious diseases. That evolved into...

Esri Part of Loma Linda Healthy People Conference and other Health GIS News

Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Loma Linda University School of Public Health (LLUSPH) is hosting the first Healthy People in Healthy Communities (HPHC), a three-day conference focusing on lifestyle medicine and the built environment as it relates to kids. HPHC, presented by Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital...

Dateline Takes on the Geography of Asthma and other Health GIS News

Thursday, January 9th 2014

New York may be the perfect place to see the impact of income on asthma. In the space of just a few blocks there’s an enormous income gap—and a corresponding three-fold jump in the asthma rates. In the affluent Upper East Side, the rate among 4-to-5 year-old children is 7 percent. By contrast,...

The Geography of Tonsillectomies and other Health GIS News

Tuesday, December 31st 2013

Children in Lebanon, New Hampshire, are more than twice as likely to have their tonsils removed as those in Bangor, Maine. Kids in Lewiston, Maine, are 50 percent more likely to have a CT scan of their head than are kids in Portland, Maine, or Lebanon and Burlington, Vermont. That's right...

Twitter, Not Just Google, Can Predict Flu and other Health GIS News

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Researchers at San Deigo State Unversity looked at tweets with the terms flu and influenza in them with 27k of 11 U.S. cities. They discovered that of the 11 cities where tweets were examined, there was a "significant" correlation between tweets about flu and the rates of flu-like illnesses...

New Portal for Tracking Infectious Disease and other Health GIS News

Wednesday, November 20th 2013

​Environmental change, land-use, globalisation, and socio-economic contexts are all widely recognised to affect the transmission patterns of infectious diseases. Yet data on these disease determinants are often highly dispersed and difficult to obtain. ECDC [European Centre for Disease...

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