Childhood Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning is caused by a build up of lead in the body due to months or years of exposure. The average cases of Childhood Lead Poisoning fluctuates. Since 1997, according to the CDC, the childhood lead blood levels have increased drastically. The map below shows the levels of children between 2000 and 2014. From 2000 to 2011 the lead levels were consistently increasing. During 2012 and 2013 there was a slight decrease in the lead levels reported. What can we do to contribute to the continuance of a decreasing trend?

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By Domonique Early

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Opioid Crisis: What is emerging?

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On October 26, 2017, the Trump administration declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Because opioids are taking the lives of about 100 people daily, it has been deemed the “worst drug crisis in American history.” As of yesterday, November 21, 2017, the NIH is moving in the direction of creating a way to measure the pain that patients present to their doctors. Could this be a way to solve the opioid epidemic? Read more here.

By Domonique Early

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes presents as one of the most challenging diseases that can cause other health complications. The mortality map above provides a visual on the death rate caused by Type 2 Diabetes by county for the year 2015. From the map we see multiple states effected across the United States with many states showing multiple counties that have been effected. We also see multiple states where mortality caused by Type 2 Diabetes is not an issue. What could we do to possibly decrease the rates in the effected counties and possibly join the states that aren’t effected at all?

By Domonique Early