January 12, 2017

U.S. Health Data Maps

Neat map tool here that shows the change between 1980 and 2014 in mortality rates due to various causes.

Some results:
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--Cardiovascular disease worsened significantly for men/improved for women.

--Cirrhosis of liver increased bigly for women.

--Mental and substance abuse disorders better for women, worse for men, especially in KY-PA-OH axis,

--Change in self-harm and interpersonal violence markedly higher for women compared to men.

--Interesting how crossing a border seems to change mortality - Texas is doing so much better across the board than Oklahoma.  Perhaps due to better economy?

--In terms of overall life expectancy at birth, men pretty much show poorer change numbers, women better.  And California, go figure.  The politically dysfunctional state seems healthy in terms of life expectancy rate change. 

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So in summary and to oversimplify:  Women are drinking more but in general not abusing substances resulting in death (KY/WV big exceptions).  Women are doing better mentally, men are doing worse, except with respect to deaths due to self-harm and interpersonal violence  

Women are becoming more like men with respect to drinking and violence, but less like men when it comes to general overall health and susceptibility to disease.  I wonder how much of it can be tied simply to men dropping out of the workforce.  Work seems to keep people healthier. 

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