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U.S. Sleep Map and other Health GIS News

Tuesday, February 28th 2012
By Adena Schutzberg

University of Pennsylvania researchers created a state by state sleep map using national data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The map suggests southerners have more sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue and westerners the least. The data is from a phone survey of 150,000 people. The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medecine (subscription required) and maps are in the press release.

-via US News

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released data on worldwide obesity. The OECD report says obesity is related to inequality, with higher rates among poorer people. The data is available from OECD, but Great Lakes made the map which includes rates for girls and boys.

- Great Lakes Advocate

The first interactive global fistula map was launched on Tuesday, showing that one in 50 women receive treatment for this devastating childbirth injury which leaves women leaking urine and/or faeces uncontrollably. ...

The Global Fistula Map is a joint project by Direct Relief International, the Fistula Foundation and UNFPA, with data also contributed by EngenderHealth, Women and Health Alliance International, and the International Society of Obstetric Fistula Surgeons.

The goal is to better locate services for fixing this common problem. Tech: ArcGIS Online.


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