Prevalence Of HIV By County In 2013 (Ages 35-44)

Check out this map that shows the prevalence of HIV by county among individuals aged 35 to 44 years in 2013. From the map, we can see the prevalence is relatively low in counties within the southern states along the Gulf Coast and southern states, such as Georgia, South and North Carolina indicated by the yellow/yellowish shade. In addition, we can see eastern and western states have counties where the HIV rate is also low. In contrast in states such as Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North and South Carolina we can see some counties have a higher rate of HIV indicated by the orange/darker shades. This week is national HIV testing week, get tested!

Check out the map here.


By Julia Watson

Those With Mental Health Disorders Prescribed More Opioids

A research team including Dartmouth-Hitchcock found that providers are more likely to prescribed opioids to patients with mental disorders, anxiety and depression, than those without mental disorders. Results showed 19% of patients with mental health disorders are prescribed opioid compared to the 5 % of individuals without mental disorders. 51 % of opioids distributed each year in the US are received by adults with depression and anxiety. This percentages are shocking and identify populations that are more likely to use opioids can help providers and policy makers address opioid use. Check out the article here.

By Julia Watson

Urbanization And Biodiversity

“It’s the end of the world where we thought nature was an infinite resource and we could exploit it without consequence.” – Richard Weller, a landscape architect at the University of Pennsylvania

See how maps are being used to show hot spots of biodiversity under threat. Such maps can be used to aid in good urbanization planning to decrease stress on vulnerable ecosystems. Check out the article here.


ADA New Pediatric Recommendation

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease with more than 16 million children in the United States living with untreated tooth decay. It was once recommended water and non-fluoride toothpaste be used on children. However, the American Dental Association (ADA) have updated their dental care guidelines recommendations and are now recommending fluoride toothpaste be used on children’s teeth as soon as they appear. Check out the article here.

By Julia Watson

Prevalence Of HIV By County In 2013

Check out this map of the day shows the prevalence of HIV by county in 2013. From the map we can see states along the Gulf Coast and southern states, such as Georgia, South and North Carolina had a higher prevalence of HIV in 2013 indicated by the darker shades.


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Gonorrhea And Antibiotic Resistance

Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) and providers are struggling with ways to treat the infection due to antibiotic resistances. However, in 2015 the White House released a five-year National Action Plan that outlines steps in Gonorrhea control. Check it out!

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What is REAL Certified Food?

Ever wonder what it means when you read REAL on a food product while grocery shopping. Terms such as organic, local, grass-fed and cage-free all fall under the REAL umbrella. REAL is an acronym that stands for responsible, epicurean, agricultural and leadership. It is a certification launched this year by the United States Healthful Food Council. Unlike the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s organic certification, REAL has a broader scale level and focuses on nutrition and sustainable best practices. However, Its important to note the label tells you nothing about how nutritious the item is. Check out the article!


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