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GIS Health News Weekly: Attacking Doctors in Syria, Waiting Vets in USA

Forces Attack Physicians in Syria

Physicians for Human Rights released a statement yesterday [May 14], saying “Syrian forces have systematically attacked the healthcare system in opposition-held areas over the past three years, resulting in the death of more than 460 health professionals and widespread destruction to hospitals and clinics.” To document this, PHR released an interactive map tracking the violations. These attacks are not only in clear violation of the Geneva Convention, but also classified as crimes against humanity because they are widespread and systematic.

Among the tools use in the interactive and time lapse maps: Mapbox, Leaflet and CartoDB.

Burn Clustering in Sydney

Research into burns suffered in the area around Sydney Australia based on post codes show geographic patterns.

Scalds were the most common types of burns and men were at greater risk of burns than women. There was significant clustering of burns by postcode area, with a higher relative risk of severe burns seen in Western Sydney area and lower risk observed in Eastern and Southern Sydney. In high-risk areas burns occurred more frequently in the 13–24 months and the 20–29 years age groups, while in low-risk areas burns mostly affect the 20–29 and 30–39 years age groups. High-risk areas were characterized by socioeconomic disadvantage.
The implications? Intervention and prevention tasks can be assigned geographically.
Mapping MERS
The United States has confirmed a third case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). A map shows countries that have had a case.
Mapping Veteran Waiting Lists
The Washington Examiner offers a map of headlines about Veterans Administration healthcare problems around the 
Pedestrian Deaths in US: Still High

Data covering pedestrian deaths during the years 2003 to 2012 are presented in “Dangerous by Design 2014.” AARP says they are not much better than previous reports.

Over the decade 47,025 people were killed while walking. (“That’s 16 times the number of Americans who died in natural disasters — earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes,” say the authors.) One in five pedestrians killed is age 65 or older.

And, yes, there's a map so you can see the fatalities in your area of interest over the years.

Published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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