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How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality | New Republic
"Supersizing Urban America: How Inner Cities Got Fast Food With Government Help by Chin JouUniversity of Chicago Press, 248 pp., $25.00"
book  review  race  america  food  health  government  market-failure 
august 2017 by tsuomela
Health Inequality Project
"The Health Inequality Project uses big data to measure differences in life expectancy by income across areas and identify strategies to improve health outcomes for low-income Americans."
health  health-care  inequality  economics  mortality  data-sources 
february 2017 by tsuomela
State of the Air | American Lung Association
"For 17 years, the American Lung Association has analyzed data from official air quality monitors to compile the State of the Air report. The more you learn about the air you breathe, the more you can protect your health and take steps to make our air cleaner and healthier."
environment  pollution  health 
january 2017 by tsuomela
Table of Contents — July 2015, 10 (3)
"Special issue: Ethics and sharing individual-level health research data from low and middle income settings"
journal  research  ethics  data  sharing  public-health  health 
september 2015 by tsuomela
PLOS ONE: Sizing the Problem of Improving Discovery and Access to NIH-Funded Data: A Preliminary Study
"This study informs efforts to improve the discoverability of and access to biomedical datasets by providing a preliminary estimate of the number and type of datasets generated annually by research funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). It focuses on those datasets that are “invisible” or not deposited in a known repository."
data-curation  discovery  access  health  health-care  information-science 
august 2015 by tsuomela
Loneliness and Social Isolation as Risk Factors for Mortality
"Actual and perceived social isolation are both associated with increased risk for early mortality. In this meta-analytic review, our objective is to establish the overall and relative magnitude of social isolation and loneliness and to examine possible moderators. We conducted a literature search of studies (January 1980 to February 2014) using MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Social Work Abstracts, and Google Scholar. The included studies provided quantitative data on mortality as affected by loneliness, social isolation, or living alone. Across studies in which several possible confounds were statistically controlled for, the weighted average effect sizes were as follows: social isolation odds ratio (OR) = 1.29, loneliness OR = 1.26, and living alone OR = 1.32, corresponding to an average of 29%, 26%, and 32% increased likelihood of mortality, respectively. We found no differences between measures of objective and subjective social isolation. Results remain consistent across gender, length of follow-up, and world region, but initial health status has an influence on the findings. Results also differ across participant age, with social deficits being more predictive of death in samples with an average age younger than 65 years. Overall, the influence of both objective and subjective social isolation on risk for mortality is comparable with well-established risk factors for mortality. "
loneliness  social  isolation  health  personality  mortality  psychology 
july 2015 by tsuomela
A General Feeling of Disorder by Oliver Sacks | The New York Review of Books
A short and brilliant description by Sacks of feeling "unwell" after a migraine and after treatment for liver cancer.
medicine  health  essay  memoir  illness  feeling  phenomenology 
april 2015 by tsuomela
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A video and story on the scares about power lines beginning in the 1970s and continuing for the next 30 years.
fear  risk  perception  1980s  1990s  electricity  electric-grid  health  psychology  retro 
december 2014 by tsuomela
The Blood Harvest - The Atlantic
"Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology."
biology  animals  products  medicine  health  evolution  technology 
october 2014 by tsuomela
Flu Near You | HealthMap
"Flu Near You is a site administered by Healthmap of Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with the American Public Health Association and the Skoll Global Threats Fund. Flu Near You is open to anyone for browsing. Any individual living in the United States or Canada, 13 years of age or older, can register to complete brief, weekly surveys that help all of us learn more about the flu. This effort is supported with private funds to demonstrate its utility for multiple sectors who must work together for pandemic preparedness if data is openly shared. The information on the site will be available to public health officials, researchers, disaster planning organizations and anyone else who may find this information useful."
influenza  diseases  monitor  epidemiology  season  google  crowdsourcing  health 
september 2014 by tsuomela
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