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 

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 

Medical Marijuana in Canada

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Health Canada, the nation’s federal health department, has has approved 12 companies to grow and sell pot to patients. The department estimates will eventually create a $1.3-billion annual bud business. Health Canada has 600 applicants pending.

Read the full article and check out the map on Huffington Post.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com

Measles in Canada?!?!

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Canada has seen an increase in the number of measles cases since the beginning of the year in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Although measles in rare in Canada, there have been outbreaks in the Philippines and Netherlands. Measles is a very contagious disease and can be very serious, commonly causing diarrhea and pneumonia, and in rarer cases encephalitis and death. It spreads easily through close contact with an infected person.

Measles can be prevented through vaccination. If you are experiencing symptoms of measles (including fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability, red eyes/sensitivity to light, small white spots on the inside of the mouth and throat and red blotchy rashes), visit your doctor.

For more information, visit Canada’s Public Health Agency. Check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

More Health Disparities in the US

2014-children-poverty_0Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released the latest edition of County Health Rankings. The heath rankings are based on 29 factors, including smoking, high school graduation rates, housing problems, physical inactivity and access to healthy foods.

The maps generally show wide gaps in health disparities between the North and South.

Read the article here and check out the rankings of your state and county here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com