NHSC and NCQA Certified PCMH Sites In Tennessee

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Check out this map that shows the number of National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites in Tennessee as of 10/6/17 and the number of National Committee for Quality Assurance certified Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) sites in Tennessee as of 1/23/18.

For more information on the Patient Centered Medical Home click here.

By Julia Watson

2017 Fiscal Year H-2A Visa Recipients

H-2A visas allow foreign national entry into the U.S. for temporary or seasonal agricultural work. Check out this map which shows the number of H-2A visa recipients for the 2017 fiscal year by city represented by the blue circles. In addition the map also has a second layer which displays the proportion of the population that speaks English poorly  (linguistic isolation)  indicated by the color scheme.

Data source: http://m3.mappler.net/cdcmap/ <Web accessed 9/7/17>

By Julia Watson

The Transformation From Skin Cells to Brain Cells

In the US approximately 5.1 million people have Alzheimer’s disease [1] and usually research involving the disease is done on animals. However, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have developed a new technique allowing them to transform human skin cells into stem cells and programing them into microglial cells. This new technique will allow researchers to use human cells instead of animal cells. Microglial cells play an important role in Alzheimer’s disease so this new method will allow researchers to have a better understand of the biology behind the disease.

Check out the article here.
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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For more information click here

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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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

 

Dental Implant That Releases Drug Reservoir

Researchers have developed a new dental implant contain a reservoir that allows for the release of microbial drugs. Studies showed the implant prevented a common oral bacterium, Streptococcus mutans, from forming biofilms which are the major cause of infection associated with dental implants. Thus, the implant can help prevent and eliminate bacterial biofilms aiding in the reduction of oral infections. Check out the article here.

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By Julia Watson

The Availability of Food

These maps from 2010 show the availability of grocery store locations and also the percentage of people who had a car to get there. The topic of food availability is already an interesting conversation.. is there enough food? Is there enough food, but it just isn’t distributed evenly? Why is healthy food more expense then unhealthy? Why has food become more of a business then of a way to survive? Take a look at these maps, because they bring another problem into the mix! Transportation and accessibility.

The information for the maps was collected from the USDA Food Environment Atlas and the maps were created by Meharry Medical College.

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