Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865): Thou Shalt Wash Thy Hands

If you work in the medical industry, especially as a physician, there’s a good chance you’re at least somewhat familiar with the 19th century Hungarian physician, Ignaz Semmelweis, and the decrease in childbed fever (puerperal fever) deaths due to his handwashing decree.  His story, briefly stated, goes like this: Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis worked at the Vienna General Hospital's… Continue reading Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865): Thou Shalt Wash Thy Hands

Trend of “Whole Food Plant Based” Google Searches with Annotations of Popular WFPB Documentaries

The following data visualization is based on a Google Trends search of "Whole Food Plant Based" from December 1, 2013 to December 1, 2018.  The visual shows a clear upward trend in WFPB Google searches starting at the beginning of 2017.  I've annotated three well-known WFPB documentaries, along with their release dates, as a suggestion… Continue reading Trend of “Whole Food Plant Based” Google Searches with Annotations of Popular WFPB Documentaries

An Algorithm for Predicting the Probability of the Presence of Heart Disease from Cardiovascular Results and Demographics

The following report is in fulfillment of the Data Analysis & Interpretation Specialization by Wesleyan University.  You can view a PDF of this post here.   Introduction The purpose of this study is to identify the best predictors of the presence of heart disease using multiple health and demographic factors such as results from an… Continue reading An Algorithm for Predicting the Probability of the Presence of Heart Disease from Cardiovascular Results and Demographics

Global Burden of Disease – 5 Major Diseases (2017)

How is the global burden of disease distributed across regions?  What are the top 10 worst countries?  What are the top 10 best countries?  These questions, and others, can be answered by the following dashboard.  You can view and interact with a live version here. Findings A few interesting findings from this data are as… Continue reading Global Burden of Disease – 5 Major Diseases (2017)

Female Breast Cancer Rates in US 1990-2016

While men may be diagnosed with breast cancer, it's very rare.  For that reason, I've decided to focus on female breast cancer rates in this post.  The rates (per 100,000 population) are available by deaths, incidence, and prevalence for all US states (including the District of Columbia).  Trends of breast cancer rates by region are… Continue reading Female Breast Cancer Rates in US 1990-2016

Prevalence of Heart Disease in US Shows Downward Trend, More Work Still Needed

You can download a PDF version of this post. The downward trend of any disease is good news and worth celebrating.  Data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) shows that the prevalence of heart disease among the United States, at the state level, is steadily trending downward from 2000 to 2016.  Prevalence, here,… Continue reading Prevalence of Heart Disease in US Shows Downward Trend, More Work Still Needed