Average Heat Wave Days By County 2010

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Check out this map that shows the average heat wave days from May to September by county for year 2010. A heat wave is known as a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather. From the map we can see many southern, midwest and northeastern states had a higher average in heat wave days indicated by the darker shading. For instance, Louisiana is mostly shaded dark, indicating the vast majority of the counties had a high average of heat wave days ranging from 26.01 to 62.00 days. In contrast, many counties within the western state had a low average of heat wave days indicated by the yellow/yellow-orange shading.

By Julia Watson

Percent of Females Who Received Mammogram Screening By County 2013

MOTD8_9_17_%mammogramsA mammogram is a screening tool used to screen for breast cancer.  According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is one of the  three most common cancers that causes death among women [1]. For these reasons it is important for women who meet the breast cancer screening guidelines to undergo screening to detect any abnormalities or cancer early to quickly begin treatment.  Check out this map that shows the percent of women who received mammogram screening in 2013 by county. From the map we can see some counties are shaded darker than others, indicating a higher percentage of women in these counties received mammogram screenings, such as counties within New York, Maine, and Road Island. In contrast, we can see some counties within states such as, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma are shaded yellow/light orange indicating a low percent of women received mammograms.

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By Julia Watson

Can Gold Be Used For Cancer Treatment?

Scientist at Edinburgh University have discovered new properties of gold and have found ways to use nano fragments of gold in cancer treatment. The team’s research suggest the metal could be used to safely release cancer drugs inside tumors. The researchers are hoping that one day their discovery will allow for the development of implants that would that would allow this and reduce the damaging effects to healthy organs. Interested, read more here.

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By Julia Watson

Preventable Hospital Stay Rate By County 2013

Ambulatory-care sensitive conditions (ACSCs) are conditions where effective community care and management can help prevent the need for hospital admission. The map below shows the rate of hospital stays for ACSCs per 1,000 Medicare enrollees. From the map we can see a large portion of counties within western states had a lower ACSCs rate indicated by the yellow/light orange shading compared to counties within various southern states who had higher rates, indicated by the darker shaded counties. Map like this allow health providers to then look deeper into why these rates vary. For instance, since ACSC’s are medical problems that are potentially preventable, such as hypertension, health care providers might hypothesize counties with higher rates are lacking health care providers.

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By Julia Watson

 

Opioid Prescribing Various Among US Counties

 

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Check out this map from the CDC which shows which counties in 2015 had high opioid prescribing.  The CDC found similar characteristics amongst these counties such as having a higher percent of white residents, more dentists and primary care providers, more people who were uninsured or unemployed.

By Julia Watson

Average Daily PM 2.5 By County in 2011

MOTD7_19_17_AvgPM252011Particulate Matter (PM) are small particles that contain microscopic solids and liquid droplets that are suspended in the air which can be inhaled and cause health effects. PM range in size, but particles less than 10 mm present the greatest threat. Some particles are emitted directly from a source such as, smokestacks, fires, construction sites, etc. and others are a result of complex atmospheric reactions [1].

Check out this map that shows the average daily PM 2.5 by county in 2011. From the graph we see a three distinct darkly shaded clusters indicating a high amount of daily exposure. The first cluster includes counties in Nevada and Utah. The second cluster includes counties within Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska. The third and most prominent includes counties within various southern states such as, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and North and South Carolina. In contrast, we can see states such as Oregon, Texas, California and Arizona are shaded yellow indicating a lower daily average.

By Julia Watson

 

Diet Drinks And Weight Gain, New Research Suggests An Association

Consumers have been told by various organizations for years that artificial sweeteners like sucralose and aspartame are good for you because it leads to fewer calories and consequently fewer pounds. Currently, a group of researchers are looking at studies that have followed the long-term effects of sugar substitutes. The preliminary findings of this research were that people who drank artificial sweeteners regularly had an increased body mass index and risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Although these initial findings are not conclusive, a connection between artificial sweeteners and weight gain seems to exist. As consumers, we can no longer assume artificially sweetened foods are a healthier substitute to regular sugar. 

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By Michael Paul