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.


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.

MOTD7_12_17_ChlamydiaRate2013For more information click here.

By Julia Watson


Those With Mental Health Disorders Prescribed More Opioids

A research team including Dartmouth-Hitchcock found that providers are more likely to prescribed opioids to patients with mental disorders, anxiety and depression, than those without mental disorders. Results showed 19% of patients with mental health disorders are prescribed opioid compared to the 5 % of individuals without mental disorders. 51 % of opioids distributed each year in the US are received by adults with depression and anxiety. This percentages are shocking and identify populations that are more likely to use opioids can help providers and policy makers address opioid use. Check out the article here.

By Julia Watson

India to build a GIS-based Public Safety Response System for Women

With the rise in reports of violence against women in India, special attention has been given to improving public emergency response systems. The Indian Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved a proposal by the Ministry of Home Affairs to establish an Integrated Computer-Aided Dispatch platform.

The dispatch platform will include GIS-based call response and GPS-based police vehicle dispatch system. The system will track alarms generated by panic buttons, landlines, mobiles and mobile applications and the appropriate emergency response units will be dispatched to attend calls.

The project aims to cover 32.6 per cent of the total population or 391 million people including highly crime prone areas and cities with population of over a million.

Read the full article here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com