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

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, in impoverished east Harlem — the neighborhood right next to it —  the rate is 19 percent.

While the difference between the rates is geographic, it's also economic. The Dateline TV project, funded in part by a grant from the Ford Foundation, focuses quite a bit on the nature of the landlords in the different areas and when and how they respond to indoor air issues such as mold.

- Dateline

WBUR, the NPR station in Boston, compared rates of various topics related to giving birth at local hospitals and put them on a map. It's a Leaflet map with points and data for each point, but no way to symbolize it. Interesting choice.


CTV offers a map of countries that have reported human cases of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) -- and how many deaths have resulted from those cases based on data available up to Oct. 7, 2013. I do like that the new Googel Maps Engine maps have an "i" icon at the top to show data sources (or whatever).

- CTV News

Published Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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