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Medical Geography

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  • * Asthma
    Asthma can be a life-threatening disease if not properly managed. At this web site you will find information about asthma and older people, teens and asthma, asthma medicines, asthma triggers and attacks, peak flow meters, and the home control of allergies and asthma.

    * Atlas of Health Care in the United States, 1999
    The Dartmouth Atlas covers a range of medical issues including surgery and health care in different parts of the USA. The site is not aimed at younger students, and is best suited to advanced researchers seeking detailed information.

    * Atlas of Injury Death in Australia, 1990 - 1992
    The National Injury Surveillance Unit in Australia has produced this atlas to provide an insight into the overall incidence of injury. Together with the data and textual information are relevant graphics showing 'accidental' deaths across Australia.

    * Atlas of United States Mortality
    This atlas shows all leading causes of death by race and sex for small U.S. geographic areas, referred to as Health Service Areas (HSA's). The 18 causes of death included in this atlas account for 83 percent of all deaths in the United States during 1988-92. In addition to maps with age-adjusted death rates for each HSA, the atlas includes maps that compare each HSA rate to the national rate, smoothed maps for each cause that show the broad geographic patterns at selected ages, and a chart with regional rates for each cause of death.

    * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    This site provides information about general health, traveler's health, current news, data and statistics. There is also information about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    * Cholera in Peru
    An examination of the spread of cholera through Peru
    In 1991 peru suffered from an outbreak of Cholera. From Peru the disease spread into surrounding countries. This online paper examines the causes and effects of the 1991 epidemic. After a brief introduction to Medical Geography it concentrates on the 1991 outbreak and would make an excellent case study for anyone interested in the relationships between poverty, geography an health. Ideally suited as background information for A Level students and others studying human geography.

    * Diseases / Climate Change
    This paper considers changes in the incidence of vector-borne diseases that are attributable to climate change. The weather, especially temperature and humidity, have an influence on the spread of disease, and here you can examine some of the aspects of this subject. A fascinating set of documents that reveal a less publicised potential side effect of global warming.

    * Emerging Communicable Diseases
    New communicable diseases are always emerging. This WHO sites maintains information about Cerebrospinal Meningitis, Cholera and Epidemic Dysentery, Haemorrhagic Fevers, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, Influenza, Rickettsial Diseases, Spongiform Encophalopathies (TSE) , Yellow Fever and Zoonotic Diseases.

    * EuroMort
    Maps to show mortality causes in Europe

    * Global Burden of Mental Illness, 1990
    Often the health of a nation is assessed in terms of disease, birth and death rates. Non communicable diseases such as depression and heart disease are rapidly replacing the traditional killers such as malnutrition and infectious diseases. In fact it is estimated that psychiatric conditions account for over 10 percent of the disease burden worldwide. This site looks at the burden of psychiatric disease now and in the future. The content is complex in places and is best suited to elder students with a good grounding in human geography.

    * Global Database on Child Growth
    The WHO Global Database on Child Growth provides an overview of the worldwide magnitude of protein-energy malnutrition. It is based on nationally representative cross-sectional data gathered between 1980 and 1992 in 79 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Oceania. The findings confirm that more than a third of the world's children are affected. This is a well written and very informative paper that will be of interest to all students of Medical Geography. It is not suitable for younger students due to its complexity and technical content.

    * Global Distribution of Blindness, 1995
    This World Health Organisation bulletin assesses the global distribution of blindness in various ways. It presents the data by economic region, by age and in terms of the regional burden blindness creates. It also considers the major causes of blindness.

    * Global Immunization Among Infants
    Information and statistics concerning immunization between 1977 - 1996. Together with global data, there are sections concerned with Polio, Measles, Hepatitis, Neonatal Tetanus, Hemophilius influenza and Yellow Fever.

    * Global Incidence of Leprosy, 1992
    The information used here is based on a WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record. A simple table shows registered cases, new cases and MDT coverage for WHO regions. Detailed statistics for countries in 1998 are also available.

    * Increased UV-B radiation
    This guide section provides an overview of Health Effects from Increased Ultraviolet-B Exposure due to Ozone Depletion, and offers more detailed essays on the key effects.

    * Just Another Medical Geography Page
    This is an excellent starting point for your research, with pointers to a collection of interesting links, as well as short introductory writings. Links from the main page are presented as part of a textual presentation, making them slightly harder for younger students to access. For elder students with some background knowledge, reading the text will be stimulating, and the 'in situ' nature of the links provides a natural way to follow up topics of interest.

    * Lung Disease - A to Z
    Lung disease and other breathing related problems are major mortality factors in very young babies, but also effect millions of adults world wide. This site includes information on lung cancer, tuberculosis, emphysema, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, HIV/AIDS and lung disease, and influenza.

    * Medical Geography in the Ukraine
    News, events,problems and reviews in English and Ukrainian. Information about new symposiums and conferences in the Ukraine and around the World.

    * Mortality and Global Warming
    Will global warming produce a rise in death rates? This guide suggests key issues that should be considered when attempting to assess the effect of global warming on health. The content is informative and it highlights an aspect of global warming that is not often presented to the general public.

    * South African Malaria
    Two maps showing areas of malaria risk in Northern province, Gauteng and Mpumalango, and Northern KwaZulu-Natal. The maps are very clear, use coloured shading to represent different risk levels, and are accompanied by a good key.

    * World Health Organization
    The World Health Organization is the major organisation concerned with world health. It's home site is a launch pad for research into a wealth of health issues, from tropical diseases to first world health care. This is an excellent site for beginners and experts alike.

    * Vaccines
    This World Health Organisation site covers almost everything the lay persons needs to know about vaccines, from their supply and quality, to safety, traveler's' health and the eradication of Polio.

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