GIS Health News Weekly: Geography and Body Shape, Tobacco Sale Locations, Where to put Palliative Care

Geography and Body Mass Index (BMI)

A new study out of the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG) and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) found location has an effect on body mass index (BMI), which is used to classify people's weight. In short, data from Geneva revealed

adults' and children's BMI values are "not distributed randomly" on a map of the canton. Rather, the map was divided into regions with predominantly high or low BMI, and a larger region where "neither trend prevailed." 

The study was published in Nature Nutrition and Diabetes.

Tobacco Sales Focused in Poor and Latino Communities

Research published in GIScience and Remote Sensing by Andrew Peterson, an associate professor in the Rutgers School of Social Work suggests tobacco products are more likely to be sold in pharmacies located in poor and Latino communities.

Map: uninsured are and life expectancy in King County, WA

The Seattle Times offers a pair of maps of King County (Seattle) based on ArcGIS Online: one shows where the uninsured are and the other life expectancy. It helps illustrate an editorial from two days before.

Where to Put Palliative Care in Canada

A research associate, Melissa Giesbrecht, with the Simon Fraser University’s geography department, is looking at Lloydminster to see if this would be a good place to create a secondary palliative care hub.

The goal is to figure out which factors need to be considered when identifying rural and remote Canadian communities that are in need of and are ready to enhance palliative care services. Information gathered will help with the creation of a decision-making model for such services.

Air Pollution Kills Disproportionately by Geography

The world’s largest single environmental health risk is air pollution, which causes one in eight deaths according to a new World Health Organisation report. South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions low and middle level economies had the largest number of death at 5.9 million due to air pollution. Business Insider has the map.
New County Health Data
A collaborative project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), the new 2014 County Health Rankings were released March 26. "The Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on 29 factors including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, access to healthy foods, and much more. An easy to use snapshot, the Rankings continue to show us where we live matters to our health." And there are maps! This is the fifith edition and it includes several new measures: commute time, access to exercise opportunities and injury-related deaths.

Published Friday, March 28th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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