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  1. Mapping spatial distributions of disease occurrence and risk can serve as a useful tool for identifying exposures of public health concern. Disease registry data are often mapped by town or county of diagnosis...

    Authors: Thomas Webster, Verónica Vieira, Janice Weinberg and Ann Aschengrau

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:26

    Content type: Research

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  2. In Japan, the emergency medical system is categorized into three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary, depending on the severity of the condition of the patient. Tertiary care centres accept patients who r...

    Authors: Makiko Miwa, Hiroyuki Kawaguchi, Hideaki Arima and Kazuo Kawahara

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:25

    Content type: Research

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  3. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are powerful communication tools for public health. However, using GIS requires considerable skill and, for this reason, is sometimes limited to experts. Web-based GIS has ...

    Authors: Raoul Kamadjeu and Herman Tolentino

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:24

    Content type: Methodology

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  4. Assessments of environmental exposure and health risks that utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) often make simplifying assumptions when using: (a) one or more discrete buffer distances to define the s...

    Authors: Paul A Zandbergen and Jayajit Chakraborty

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:23

    Content type: Methodology

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  5. Area-level socioeconomic disparities have long been associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes. Crime is an important element of the neighborhood environment inadequately investigated in the reproductive and p...

    Authors: Lynne C Messer, Jay S Kaufman, Nancy Dole, Amy Herring and Barbara A Laraia

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:22

    Content type: Research

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  6. West Nile virus (WNv) has recently emerged as a health threat to the North American population. After the initial disease outbreak in New York City in 1999, WNv has spread widely and quickly across North Ameri...

    Authors: Kaoru Tachiiri, Brian Klinkenberg, Sunny Mak and Jamil Kazmi

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:21

    Content type: Research

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  7. On the fringes of endemic zones climate is a major determinant of inter-annual variation in malaria incidence. Quantitative description of the space-time effect of this association has practical implications f...

    Authors: Musawenkoi LH Mabaso, Penelope Vounatsou, Stanely Midzi, Joaquim Da Silva and Thomas Smith

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:20

    Content type: Research

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  8. Admissions for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSCs) are considered preventable admissions, because they are unlikely to occur when good preventive health care is received. Thus, high rates of admission...

    Authors: Lee R Mobley, Elisabeth Root, Luc Anselin, Nancy Lozano-Gracia and Julia Koschinsky

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:19

    Content type: Research

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  9. Continuous land cover modification is an important part of spatial epidemiology because it can help identify environmental factors and Culex mosquitoes associated with arbovirus transmission and thus guide contro...

    Authors: Benjamin G Jacob, Josephat Shililu, Ephantus J Muturi, Joseph M Mwangangi, Simon M Muriu, Jose Funes, John Githure, James L Regens and Robert J Novak

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:18

    Content type: Research

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  10. An extensive West Nile virus surveillance program of dead birds, mosquitoes, horses, and human infection has been launched as a result of West Nile virus first being reported in Canada in 2001. Some desktop an...

    Authors: Jiangping Shuai, Peter Buck, Paul Sockett, Jeff Aramini and Frank Pollari

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:17

    Content type: Methodology

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  11. Assessment of the spatial accessibility of hospital accident and emergency departments as perceived by local residents has not previously been investigated. Perceived accessibility may affect where, when, and ...

    Authors: David L Fone, Stephen Christie and Nathan Lester

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:16

    Content type: Research

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  12. Cluster detection is an important part of spatial epidemiology because it can help identifying environmental factors associated with disease and thus guide investigation of the aetiology of diseases. In this a...

    Authors: Geir Aamodt, Sven O Samuelsen and Anders Skrondal

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:15

    Content type: Research

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  13. The neighborhood social and physical environments are considered significant factors contributing to children's inactive lifestyles, poor eating habits, and high levels of childhood obesity. Understanding of n...

    Authors: Xingyou Zhang, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, Maryann Mason and Lin Liu

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:14

    Content type: Methodology

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  14. To better understand the distribution of typhoid outbreaks in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) conducted four investigations of typhoid fever. These studies included maps of cases reporte...

    Authors: Sarah E Hinman, Jason K Blackburn and Andrew Curtis

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:13

    Content type: Research

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  15. Neighborhood characteristics have been associated with poor maternal and child health outcomes, yet conceptualization of potential mechanisms is still needed. Census data have long served as proxies for area l...

    Authors: Barbara A Laraia, Lynne Messer, Jay S Kaufman, Nancy Dole, Margaret Caughy, Patricia O'Campo and David A Savitz

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:11

    Content type: Methodology

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  16. Stroke is a major cause of death and disability. About 5.3 million people die every year from stroke worldwide with over 9 million people surviving at any one time after suffering a stroke. About 1 in 4 men an...

    Authors: Ravi Maheswaran, Tim Pearson, Michael J Campbell, Robert P Haining, Cameron W McLeod, Nigel Smeeton and Charles DA Wolfe

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:10

    Content type: Methodology

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  17. We consider how representations of geographic variation in prostate cancer incidence across Southern New England, USA may be affected by selection of study area and/or properties of the statistical analysis.

    Authors: David I Gregorio, Holly Samociuk, Laurie DeChello and Helen Swede

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:8

    Content type: Research

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  18. Smoothing methods have been developed to improve the reliability of risk cancer estimates from sparsely populated geographical entities. Filtering local details of the spatial variation of the risk leads howev...

    Authors: Pierre Goovaerts

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:7

    Content type: Methodology

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  19. Open Source Web GIS software systems have reached a stage of maturity, sophistication, robustness and stability, and usability and user friendliness rivalling that of commercial, proprietary GIS and Web GIS se...

    Authors: Maged N Kamel Boulos and Kiyoshi Honda

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:6

    Content type: Editorial

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  20. Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that is now endemic in most tropical countries. In Thailand, dengue fever/dengue hemorrhagic fever is a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children. A l...

    Authors: Sophie O Vanwambeke, Birgit HB van Benthem, Nardlada Khantikul, Chantal Burghoorn-Maas, Kamolwan Panart, Linda Oskam, Eric F Lambin and Pradya Somboon

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:5

    Content type: Research

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  21. This paper describes the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeller (STEM) which is an extensible software system and framework for modelling the spatial and temporal progression of multiple diseases affecting mu...

    Authors: Daniel Alexander Ford, James H Kaufman and Iris Eiron

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:4

    Content type: Methodology

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  22. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has great potential for the management of chronic disease and the analysis of clinical and administrative health care data. Asthma is a chronic disease associate...

    Authors: Ronit Peled, Haim Reuveni, Joseph S Pliskin, Itzhak Benenson, Erez Hatna and Asher Tal

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:3

    Content type: Research

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  23. Evaluation of mine risk education in Afghanistan used population weighted raster maps as an evaluation tool to assess mine education performance, coverage and costs. A stratified last-stage random cluster samp...

    Authors: Neil Andersson and Steven Mitchell

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2006 5:1

    Content type: Methodology

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  24. Tango's maximized excess events test (MEET) has been shown to have very good statistical power in detecting global disease clustering. A nice feature of this test is that it considers a range of spatial scale par...

    Authors: Changhong Song and Martin Kulldorff

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:32

    Content type: Research

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  25. Cancer mortality maps are used by public health officials to identify areas of excess and to guide surveillance and control activities. Quality of decision-making thus relies on an accurate quantification of r...

    Authors: Pierre Goovaerts

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:31

    Content type: Methodology

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  26. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to air pollutants in the area of residence and the socio-economic status of an individual may be related. Therefore, when conducting an epidemiological study on the he...

    Authors: Emilie Stroh, Anna Oudin, Susanna Gustafsson, Petter Pilesjö, Lars Harrie, Ulf Strömberg and Kristina Jakobsson

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:30

    Content type: Research

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  27. This article describes geographic bias in GIS analyses with unrepresentative data owing to missing geocodes, using as an example a spatial analysis of prostate cancer incidence among whites and African America...

    Authors: M Norman Oliver, Kevin A Matthews, Mir Siadaty, Fern R Hauck and Linda W Pickle

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:29

    Content type: Research

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  28. From 2000–2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded a study that was designed to improve the information available to program planners about the geographic distribution of CDC-funded HI...

    Authors: Carol L Hanchette, Deborah A Gibbs, Aisha Gilliam, Kieran J Fogarty and Mark Bruhn

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:28

    Content type: Methodology

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  29. This study aimed at identifying factors influencing the development of Human African Trypanosomosis (HAT, or sleeping sickness) in the focus of Bonon, located in the mesophile forest of Côte d'Ivoire. A previo...

    Authors: Fabrice Courtin, Vincent Jamonneau, Emmanuel Oké, Bamoro Coulibaly, Yohan Oswald, Sophie Dupont, Gérard Cuny, Jean-Pierre Doumenge and Philippe Solano

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:27

    Content type: Research

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  30. Many epidemiological studies examining the relationships between adverse health outcomes and exposure to air pollutants use ambient air pollution measurements as a proxy for personal exposure levels. When poll...

    Authors: Eleanor M Setton, Perry W Hystad and C Peter Keller

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:26

    Content type: Methodology

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  31. Income is known to be associated with cerebrovascular disease; however, little is known about the more detailed relationship between cerebrovascular disease and income. We examined the hypothesis that the geog...

    Authors: Daikwon Han, Shannon S Carrow, Peter A Rogerson and Frederick E Munschauer

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:25

    Content type: Research

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  32. "Activity space" has been used to examine how people's habitual movements interact with their environment, and can be used to examine accessibility to healthcare opportunities. Traditionally, the standard devi...

    Authors: Jill E Sherman, John Spencer, John S Preisser, Wilbert M Gesler and Thomas A Arcury

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:24

    Content type: Methodology

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  33. This eye-opener article aims at introducing the health GIS community to the emerging online consumer geoinformatics services from Google and Microsoft (MSN), and their potential utility in creating custom onli...

    Authors: Maged N Kamel Boulos

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:22

    Content type: Editorial

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  34. After its first detection in North America in New York in 1999, West Nile virus was detected for the first time in 2002 in the province of Quebec, Canada. This situation forced the Government of Quebec to adop...

    Authors: Pierre Gosselin, Germain Lebel, Sonia Rivest and Monique Douville-Fradet

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:21

    Content type: Methodology

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  35. Population health planning aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups. Socioeconomic factors are increasingly being recognized as major determin...

    Authors: Agricola Odoi, Ron Wray, Marion Emo, Stephen Birch, Brian Hutchison, John Eyles and Tom Abernathy

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:20

    Content type: Research

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  36. The purpose of this study is to examine the spatial and population (e.g., socio-economic) characteristics of low birthweight using two different cluster estimation techniques. We compared the results of Kulldo...

    Authors: Esra Ozdenerol, Bryan L Williams, Su Young Kang and Melina S Magsumbol

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:19

    Content type: Methodology

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  37. West Nile Virus has quickly become a serious problem in the United States (US). Its extremely rapid diffusion throughout the country argues for a better understanding of its geographic dimensions. Both 2003 an...

    Authors: Daniel A Griffith

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:18

    Content type: Research

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  38. Plasmodium vivax malaria reemerged in the Republic of Korea in 1993, with more than 2,000 cases reported in the northwestern part of the country over the last 10 years. To better assess the risk of malaria transm...

    Authors: Ratana Sithiprasasna, Won Ja Lee, Donald M Ugsang and Kenneth J Linthicum

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:17

    Content type: Research

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  39. Spatial analyses and ecological studies are essential for epidemiology and public health. The present study combining these two methods was performed to identify spatial clusters of selected types of cancer in...

    Authors: Yoshiharu Fukuda, Masahiro Umezaki, Keiko Nakamura and Takehito Takano

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:16

    Content type: Research

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  40. Childhood asthma is a significant public health problem in the United States and evidence is accumulating regarding the contribution from traffic and ambient air pollution. This study is a companion piece of a...

    Authors: Tonny J Oyana and Patrick A Rivers

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:14

    Content type: Research

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  41. Vector-borne diseases are the most dreaded worldwide health problems. Although many campaigns against it have been conducted, Dengue Fever (DF) and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) are still the major health pr...

    Authors: Kanchana Nakhapakorn and Nitin Kumar Tripathi

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:13

    Content type: Research

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  42. Spatial filtering using a geographic information system (GIS) is often used to smooth health and ecological data. Smoothing disease data can help us understand local (neighborhood) geographic variation and eco...

    Authors: Mohammad Ali, Jin-Kyung Park, Vu Dinh Thiem, Do Gia Canh, Michael Emch and John D Clemens

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:12

    Content type: Methodology

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  43. The spatial scan statistic proposed by Kulldorff has been applied to a wide variety of epidemiological studies for cluster detection. This scan statistic, however, uses a circular window to define the potentia...

    Authors: Toshiro Tango and Kunihiko Takahashi

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:11

    Content type: Methodology

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  44. Most analyses of spatial clustering of disease have been based on either residence at the time of diagnosis or current residence. An underlying assumption in these analyses is that residence can be used as a p...

    Authors: Daikwon Han, Peter A Rogerson, Matthew R Bonner, Jing Nie, John E Vena, Paola Muti, Maurizio Trevisan and Jo L Freudenheim

    Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics 2005 4:9

    Content type: Research

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