The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales

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The Environment and Health Atlas for England and Wales is an independent publication produced by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU). The atlas provides maps of the geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a small-area scale (census wards) such as malignant melonama, breast cancer, nitrogen dioxide etc. The maps have been developed as a resource for those working in public health and public health policy and for the general public to better understand the geographic distribution of environmental factors and disease and to identify questions for future research. The maps aim to provide baseline information for policy makers and the public on geographic patterns of environmental pollutants and disease and to help in development of hypotheses to understand and explain variability in disease risk that may relate to the environment, lifestyle factors and/or location.

Get more information and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

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Keeping Produce Pesticide Free

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DriftWatch, a map created by Purdue University, helps pesticide applicators and specialty crop growers communicate more effectively to promote awareness and stewardship activities to help prevent and manage drift effects. Drifting is when wind and weather factors can cause pesticides sprayed in the air or ground to move off target and into other areas. DriftWatch allows farmers to mark their sensitive fields on an online map so sprayers can better identify which areas to use caution around.

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

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Need to find a Health Based Safe Haven?

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In the UK, Health-based places of safety are part of a mental health unit on a mental health hospital or acute hospital site, or part of an accident and emergency department in an acute hospital.

Section 136 of the Mental Health Act allows for someone believed by the police to have a mental disorder, and who may cause harm to themselves or another, to be detained in a public place and taken to a safe place where a mental health assessment can be carried out.

Places of safety include hospitals, care homes, or any suitable places where the occupier is willing to receive the person while the assessment is completed.

Find out more and check out the maps here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

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