Health Threat Zones Shown Through Maps

The Eco Health Alliance in New York looked at viruses harbored by mammals and how they meet humans. They looked at various viruses and species of mammals and determined the ranges of species and the infections they carry which they used to map the worlds “danger zones”. Check out the article here.

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By Julia Watson

Cancer Vaccine

Imagine world were a vaccine tailored to a specific patient was administered to kill cancerous cells. Well this world might be soon to come. Two studies were successful in produce a vaccine that prevented early relapse among twelve people with melanoma skin cancer. Earlier studies targeted a single type of protein found within the cancer cells that was shared among patients. However, with the new vaccine the mutated cancerous cells specific to a person are target allowing healthy cells to be spared. Check out the article here!


By Julia Watson

Dental Implant That Releases Drug Reservoir

Researchers have developed a new dental implant contain a reservoir that allows for the release of microbial drugs. Studies showed the implant prevented a common oral bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, from forming biofilms which are the major cause of infection associated with dental implants. Thus, the implant can help prevent and eliminate bacterial biofilms aiding in the reduction of oral infections. Check out the article here.


By Julia Watson

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