Health official warns Zika could spread across U.S. Gulf

Possibility of Zika virus spreading across the U.S. Gulf Coast arose as the virus was confirmed to be active in tourist hub, Miami Beach. U.S. health officials confirmed that infection in the pregnant mothers could cause a serious birth defect microcephaly, baby born with a small head size and leading to development problems. The New York State Department of Health started releasing Zika Prevention Kits for pregnant women on August 2nd.

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Driverless Taxis May Come Around Fast

Uber is working on a collaborated project with Volvo to allow customers to summon driver-less automobiles. The project will begin in a fortnight at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will drop the standard rate, $1.30 per mile, and offer the service for free over a certain period of time. All you have to do is request a car as usual, via Uber’s app, and a driver-less car will be in your service in no time.

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Diversity Probabilities: Theil Index Hot Spot Analysis (2000)

How diverse is America?

Today’s map of the day is the Diversity Probabilities of 2000 according to Theil Index Hot Spot Analysis. Areas in red are highly diverse, while those in blue are not as diverse. So, how does your state compare to the rest of the United States? Is it as diverse as you think?

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Data Source: US Census Bureau

Medicare-Certified Dialysis Facilities (2016)

Today’s map of the day details the distribution of Medicare-Certified Dialysis Facilities of 2016. Compared to the Eastern region of the United States, it seems the presence of dialysis clinics in the mid-west is lower. Check out the map above, and try to think of a reason for why that may be.

Any ideas?

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Preventable Hospitalizations: Medicare Beneficiaries (Per 1000) 2009-2012

What is a preventable hospitalization? Preventable hospitalizations are medical problems that present to emergency care at a hospital that are preventable, i.e. can be treated outside of a hospital through prior care management. Some examples of preventable hospitalizations include asthma or hypertension. The map below details the number of preventable hospitalizations of Medicare Beneficiaries from 2009-2012. Check out today’s map of the day to see which state has the highest rate.

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Data Source: Health Indicators Warehouse

Expenditures on Fast Food Per Capita in US (2007)

Everyone loves fast food, but how much fast food is too much? Not only do the calories seem to add up at fast food restaurants, but so does the price.  Today’s map of the day details the expenditures on fast food per capita in the year 2007. Check out the map below to see which state loves their McDonald’s and Burger Kings the most.

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Data Source: USDA Food Environment Atlas

Robot-Like Machines Helped People With Spinal Injuries Regain Function

Scientists with the international collaboration “Walk Again Project” used robot-like methods to retrain patients with spinal cord damage. Scientific Reports suggests that even patients with paraplegia and severe spinal tissue damage can regain control over their lower body to a certain extent.

Eight participants of the research in Brazil weren’t able to fully support their bodyweight but they have experienced “partial recovery.” Some male participants were able to obtain better control of their bladders and have erections. One woman was able to make a decision to deliver a baby. “She could feel her baby for the first time,” said Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, the leading neuroscientist and physicist of the project.

The researchers used virtual reality goggles to visualize the limb movements and return tactile feedback on the arm of their patients. This process was done in order to create brain cells that can pick up electrodes to move the robotic apparatus that supports the patients’ movement. As the participants improved to visualize their limb movements, they were also regaining actual control and sensation over their lower body.

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