[INFOGRAPHIC] Disease, Diet and Nutrition in the United States
Every year, the CDC collects behavioral health risk data via telephone surveys at the state and local level. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) produces a powerful public data set for analyzing geographic trends in population health.
Created by Burlington, Mass.-based Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, the infographic below offers a visual representation of said data.
“At the top, a series of four maps shade states based on the percentage of the population that meet the survey criteria for the individual factor. At the bottom, those graphs are overlaid and colors are averaged, revealing the dominant health challenges facing each state,” wrote Arcadia.
“The Northwest and Northeast states are mostly teal, indicating they are otherwise healthy, but suffer depression more than most. Many southern states, specifically those away from the coast, have multiple overlapping health challenges and are shaded deep red or even black. Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Minnesota and Illinois stand out as being some of the healthiest states.”
While the infographic was simplified for visual effect, the measurements were based on the following responses to the BRFSS survey questions:
1. Diabetes: (Q5.13) Responded “Yes” or “Pre-Diabetes/Borderline Diabetes” to “Were you ever told you have diabetes?”
2. Depression: (Q5.10) Responded “Yes” to “Were you ever told you have a depressive disorder?”
3. Nutrition: (M8.4) Responded “At least once per week” to “During the past month… did you eat dark green vegetables…?”
4. Exercise: (Q4.1) Responded “Yes” to “During the past month, other than your regular job, did you participate in any physical activities or exercises…?”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”