Environmental Indicators and Respiratory Health Trends

Respiratory Health

Over at Mappler, we created a map showing environmental indicators and trends in respiratory health such as lunch care mortality. The map also includes PM 2.5 data measuring particulate pollution. Particulate pollution especially microscopic solids or liquid droplets have been linked with serious health problems since they can get deep into the lungs and cause damage. Studies have linked particulate pollution with outcomes such as

  • premature death in people with heart or lung disease
  • nonfatal heart attacks
  • irregular heartbeat
  • aggravated asthma
  • decreased lung function
  • increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing.

More data is being added to the map such as ambulatory care sensitive conditions, children in poverty and smoking data from the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).

Check out the map here. Interested in doing a similar project? Check out our site for more information.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

Other sources: http://www.epa.gov/pm/health.html 

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