Geo-medicine: Mapping our pollution exposures
My latest post on The Atlantic’s Cities website explores geo-medicine, a new field that uses GIS mapping to correlate environmental conditions to health risks like heart attacks and cancer. There’s even a free app that allows you to map the types of toxic exposures in everyplace you’ve ever lived and correlate them to the likelihood of developing cancer or dying of a heart attack.
Beyond charting the potential for your own personal doomsday, however, geo-medicine has many other applications: It can allow doctors to zoom in on a patient’s life to create a geographically enhanced medical history. Or it can zoom out to give public health officials, city planners and activists detail-rich insights on how to improve the well-being of entire communities.
Check out my story and let me know what you think!
Posted on May 24, 2012, in Environment, Geo-medicine, health, pollution and tagged Bill Davenhall, cancer, community health, diabetes, emissions, Geomedicine, GIS, heart attacks, Loma Linda, public health, toxins. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.