Safe Routes to School in Nashville

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A community mapper is now working on a project to create a map that collects information of safe walking routes to school. It is not uncommon to find families walking around the school zone taking pictures and posting up fresh information to the community map, kids very much participating.According to Dr. Im, assistant professor of Meharry Medical College and an active community mapper, there are many things that we can learn from children carrying out this project. “They walk differently. So there are a lot of things you can learn,” he said.

Teams explored around the area of two elementary schools to secure safe routes for the best of children.

Dr. Im has worked on notable projects such as locating available gasoline when Hurricane Sandy struck or mapping public restrooms in New York City inspired by himself actually suffering due to the lack of information.

Here is the link to the original article: http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/mapper-who-plotted-gas-shortages-and-nycs-best-bathrooms-now-helps-nashville-kids-walk-school#stream/0

Brain Cancer Becomes No. 1 Cause for Child Cancer Death

Recent studies show that brain cancer is the new leading cause of child cancer death despite the chance of kids aging from 0-19 catching brain cancer dropped. The reason brain cancer topping the disgraceful ranking is that other areas of research found progress in the treatment of respective child cancer.

Leukemia, former leading cause of child cancer death, is not as fatal as it was to children due to great advancement in the area of research. Yet, deaths totaling from brain cancer and leukemia combined is taking over half of the young cancer patient lives.

To read more about childhood brain cancer: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/brain-cancer-now-leading-cancer-killer-kids-n649411

Unique Utah Zika Case Discovered

After taking care of his Zika-infected father, a man caught a unique type of Zika virus, unknown to how it actually spread. No possible cause to the infection is identified as the man did not travel to Zika pervasive areas or have sexual interaction with anyone who carried the virus. Zika virus is normally spread by tropical mosquitoes but even such kind was not found.

Investigators are assuming that the spread was via some type of body fluid transmission from his father as the man kissed and hugged while in vigil in the hospital. However, no infection is showing to other family members or health officials that were involved.

According to Alex Kallen with the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is common to miss out what a person did or did not do as a factor catching an illness, such as Zika.

Researchers were unable to investigate the father’s body as by the time diagnosed, the body was already cremated. The death of the Salt Lake County man is known to be the first death case in the continental U.S.

Here is the link to the original article: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/14/investigation-unique-utah-zika-case-remains-medical-mystery.html

Earthquake Damage Mapping in South Korea

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20:32pm, September 12th, earthquake of magnitude 5.8 struck Gyeongju City, southeast part of South Korea. Attached image shows where the damage was done and the severity of harm. The map was able to gather data about earthquake damage here and there fast and precisely as the mapping website was open to anyone willing to give in information. The community participatory mapping was helpful to provide aid to where needed.

Here is the link to the actual mapping website: www.mapplerk3.com/earthquake

Map of Potential Life Lost Before Age 75

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Today’s Map of the Day is years of potential life lost before age 75. This map indicates in which area of the United States people die earlier than they were expected to. It helps to break down why premature mortality is more frequent in certain areas and how to fix the cause. It looks like many years of potential life lost is concentrated much in the southern half than the north. Could there be a reason to this? What is the biggest difference between the south and the north that is causing these problems?

For more information and other Map of the Days, please check out: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/category/map-of-the-day/

First two deaths reported in Los Angeles County

Two elderly men, with no other identification information released other than they were both from San Fernando Valley, died due to West Nile-associated encephalitis after being hospitalized. Encephalitis means inflammation of the brain and is caused by various reasons such as head injuries, bacterial or viral infection. It shows mild flu-like symptoms but in some cases may be life-threatening. WNE, West Nile encephalitis is caused by WNV.

It was the first two death reports this year by the West Nile Virus, after 68 documented infections in the county; 108 across the state. The infection report reached 300 last year in the Los Angeles County, highest number in decades, leaving 24 dead.

There is no specific treatment for WNV, and very difficult to diagnose because the infection begins with only mild flu-like symptoms, but approximately 80% of the infectee never become sick.

Here is the link to the original article: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-west-nile-virus-deaths-20160910-snap-story.html

Map of the Day:Dentist Rate Per 100,000 in 2014

When was the last time that you went to the dentist? 6 months? 1 year? 10 years? For those states with low dentist rates that detail the percentage of total professional active dentists, it might be hard to go to the dentist if there are few in the area. Check out the map below to see which states have the highest and lowest dentist rates in 2014.

Check out this map and more at the National Community Mapping Website: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/dentist-rate-in-2014/

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Data Source: AHRF (HRSA/BHPr)