Odra Noel’s “Map of Health” shows which diseases affect which countries

Isn’t this interesting!  Odra Noel’s “Map of Health” shows which diseases affect which countries, and the data are represented as cell types. Click to see the big version.

world diseases

From http://odranoel.eu/news/the-map-of-health/:

“North America struggles with rising obesity, and this adipose tissue (fat) is more beautiful close up than you would imagine. Central and South America are represented here by pulmonary tissue (lungs); smoking and respiratory infections are a leading cause of death. Europe, with its ageing population, suffers greatly from neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia (neurones, brain tissue). Great swathes of the middle East and central Asia are shown here as cardiac muscle (heart), as these regions are afflicted with rising levels of hypertension and other causes of heart and cardiovascular failure. The far East and the Pacific look beautiful in pancreatic acinar tissue; its failure causes diabetes, a major problem in this area, frequently described as a diabetes epidemic. And Africa is made of blood here. The only continent where the leading cause of death are transmittable diseases (infections), notably malaria and HIV. The only artery of the whole map is in the middle of Amazonia.”

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