A Geographic Overview of Smoking Trends Across the US
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A Geographic Overview of Smoking Trends Across the US

In a recent initiative to map smoking trends across the United States, an innovative application of ArcGIS Pro’s Empirical Bayes Kriging method offered new insights into regional smoking behaviors. This analysis was based on data from the PLACES project by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which provides detailed health-related estimates for various…

Socioeconomic Influences on Non-Medical School Vaccination Exemption Hotspots in Colorado: A Spatial & Statistical Examination
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Socioeconomic Influences on Non-Medical School Vaccination Exemption Hotspots in Colorado: A Spatial & Statistical Examination

This 2024 study analyzes non-medical DTaP and MMR vaccine exemptions in Colorado, correlating them with socioeconomic factors and identifying geographical clusters to inform public health strategies.

Charting the Opioid Terrain: A Decade of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone Distribution Patterns Across the U.S.
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Charting the Opioid Terrain: A Decade of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone Distribution Patterns Across the U.S.

Introduction The opioid epidemic in the United States has unfolded as a devastating public health crisis, characterized by a marked increase in opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose-related deaths. The crisis began in the late 1990s, driven by an upsurge in prescribing opioids for pain management amidst aggressive marketing tactics by pharmaceutical companies. The epidemic has…

Analysis of Lifestyle Factors and Their Association with Physical Health

Analysis of Lifestyle Factors and Their Association with Physical Health

In this analysis, I delve into the complex interplay between lifestyle factors and physical health, using linear regression to quantify the impact of exercise, BMI, smoking, and alcohol consumption on the number of days individuals report poor physical health. My findings reveal significant associations that highlight the importance of healthy living choices and their cumulative effects on our well-being.