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What’s Wrong with our Drug Pricing System?

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Access to healthcare and costs depend on where one lives in the United States. Chronic eye disease doesn’t vary from place to place. But as recent Medicare data show, the way that doctors’ treat it does, and those choices have huge effects on the U.S. and personal budgets.

The brightest reds show places where the vast majority of the money spent in treating chronic eye disease is spent on Lucentis; the deepest blues, shows places where most of the money spent treating the disease is spent on its cheaper alternatives.

Read the rest of the article and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Deaths from Air Pollution in the UK

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Public Health England have published a study looking deaths from particulate air pollution by each UK borough. The map shows the percentage of deaths in 2010 calculated to be caused by fine particulate matter (ambient PM2.5) concentration in each local authority and particulate matter concentration. 

Check out the map created by the Guardian here and read the full study by Public Health England here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Spotting Smokers

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Researchers at the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand used geospatial data and public health data to estimate visual exposure to smoking at bars and cafés for public outdoor spaces in downtown Wellington. They found that the maps indicate that streets with many retail shops and hospitality areas had high numbers of visible smokers, especially in the evening if there were more than 50 people. The findings of this and similar research could support the expansion of smokefree public spaces.

Read the article on the Washington Post and check out the full study on here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Aussies looking for support for Arthritis?

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Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria(AOV) has created a service directory for Australians’ with arthritis using Google Maps technology. The Arthritis Map of Victoria serves as the State’s online local musculoskeletal (MSK) service directory which aims to provide health professionals and people with MSK condition easy access to relevant, up to date information that helps them better manage their health. 

Read the rest of the article and check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Medical Marijuana in Canada

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Health Canada, the nation’s federal health department, has has approved 12 companies to grow and sell pot to patients. The department estimates will eventually create a $1.3-billion annual bud business. Health Canada has 600 applicants pending.

Read the full article and check out the map on Huffington Post.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

New York Digital Health Accelerator Accepting Applications

The New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership Fund for New York City (Partnership Fund) launched the call for applications for the second class of the New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA), a program that is making New York a hub for the emerging digital health technology industry.  NYDHA’s inaugural class of eight companies raised $12 million in additional capital and created over 120 jobs.

10 companies will receive $100,000 in investment capital along with invaluable mentoring from senior-level executives at leading hospitals and other providers in New York. By introducing these companies to healthcare providers, the program also connects them to potential customers. Applications for the program are due April 18, 2014.

Read the article here and visit Digital Health Accelerator for more details on applying.

Interested in applying, why don’t you try a mapping project?

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

A Polio Free Southeast Asia

Source: LA Times

Southeast Asia is officially polio free according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The region, comprising of Bangladesh, Bhutan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor-Leste,  is the fourth of six worldwide regions to earn a polio-free status. In 1995, the Americas became the first region WHO declared polio-free, followed by the Western Pacific region in 2000 and the European region in 2002.

Polio is a viral disease that affects the nervous system and often spreads through regions with poor sanitation largely affecting children under age 5. Although the WHO said 80% of the world’s population now live in polio-free regions, officials note more work is needed, especially in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan, where the disease remains prevalent.

Read the article here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

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