Swine Flu Found at Ohio County Fair

More than one case of H3N2 swine flu was found at an Ohio County Fair hog barn. One of the hogs at the fair had a fever and later tested positive for swine flu. The hog barn has been quarantined and the animals will be slaughtered. The barn will also be disinfected. Check out the article here.

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By Julia Watson

Possible New Way to Predict Heart Attacks

Scientist at the University of Oxford have developed a new cardiac imaging method that detects inflamed fat cells as they are transforming into atherosclerotic plaque which clogs the arteries. Generally, a person finds out they have a cardiac blockage when it’s too late and the only option is some form of surgical treatment. In some cases a heart attack or a stroke might be their first symptoms. However, with this new development providers will be able to start patients on cardiac drugs earlier than they do now. Hence, reduce the chance of a person having a heart attack, stroke or needing surgical intervention.

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By Julia Watson

Percent of Excessive Drinking By County 2014

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Check out this map that shows the percentage of adults who reported binge or heavy drinking in 2014 by county. From the map we can see the majority of counties within Midwestern states and Alaska are shaded dark indicating adults reported a high percentage of excessive drinking. In contrast, southern states, such as Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, North and South Carolina have counties shaded yellow/orange indicating adults reported a low percent of excessive drinking.

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By Julia Watson

Years of Potential Life Lost Rate (2011 to 2013)

Check out this map that shows the years of potential life lost rate from years 2011 to 2013. The years of potential life lost rate, also known as premature mortality rate, measures the frequency in which people are dying. From the map we can see a pronounced cluster of states darkly shaded (Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia) indicating a large proportion of counties within these states had a high rate of premature deaths. In other words people who lived within these counties were dying at an early age. In contrast we can see counties within states such as, Maine, Road Island, Vermont are lightly shaded yellow/orange, indicating people who lived within these counties were dying at an older age.

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By Julia Watson

Poor Sleep Could Increase Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published in the journal Brain found that poor sleeping can increase levels of proteins, beta-amyloid and tau, involved in Alzheimer’s disease. The data suggested that in some participants when their slow wave sleep was disrupted on average their levels of beta amyloid increased by 10 %. Interestingly, the duration of sleep did not affect beta amyloid, but did increase the levels of tau. Thus, the study showed that poor quality sleep could lead to an increase of beta amyloid and tau causing the risk of plaque to build up in the brain and eventually increasing a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Check out the article here.

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Percent of Children in Poverty in 2014

The United States is classified as one the the major developed economies according to the United Nations [1]. However, with its economic advancement children within the U.S. a good proportion of children still live in poverty. This is problematic because research has shown individuals living in poverty are more likely to encounter issues such as hunger, thirst and health issues.  The map below shows the percent of children who were living in poverty in 2014. From the map we can see only a few counties are shaded white whereas the majority of US counties are shaded indicating most children, to some degree, are living in poverty. From the map we can also see that in some counties close to half the children are living in poverty, indicated by the darker shade. Maps such as this allow policy makers, health providers and health advocates see where resources are most need.

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By Julia Watson

Chlamydia Rate By County 2013

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. [1] largely affecting men and women between the ages of 20 to 24. If untreated chlamydia can cause detrimental damage to a women’s reproductive system. [2]

Check out this map which shows the incidence of chlamydia by US counties in 2013 per 100,000 population. From the map, we can see most of states have a couple counties that are shaded dark indicating a high rate of newly diagnosed cases. Overall, we can see most counties have newly diagnosed causes of chlamydia.

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By Julia Watson