Awesome Infographic: Sleep

As someone who has trouble falling asleep no matter how tired I am or what time I have to wake up in the morning, I'm hyperaware of how much we need sleep…and how easy it is to not get enough. This awesome infographic from National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute highlights the health problems associated with sleep deprivation and the research being done to develop treatments. Sleep info graphic

Awesome Infographic: The Secret Life of Water

Infographic describing clean water and water sanitation problems worldwide This great infographic put together by Mairi McKay, George Webster, and Matt Baringer of CNN uses data from UNWater to illustrate important facts about drinking water around the world. Some of the stats:

  • 80% of illnesses in the developing world are related to water.
  • 1 in 4 urban residents worldwide do not have access to clean water--only 11% of city dwellers in Uganda can safely consume the water.
  • While nowhere near comparable to what’s happening in the developing world, it’s surprising to see that 3% of Americans living in cities do not have access to safe water.

As water shortages continue and inevitably worsen, these problems will only be exacerbated. Learn more about the issues and proposed solutions from UNWater, water.org, and the WHO.

Awesome Infographic: Child Injury

This week's Awesome Infographic comes to us courtesy of CDC.

Infographic from CDC about child injury

There are so many upsetting statistics in this infographic. I find the disparities between states fascinating. The states with the highest child mortality are fairly rural--Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. The states with the lowest rates tend to be more urban--the Northeast corridor, the West Coast--with more rural states like Iowa and Minnesota and thrown into the mix. What are these states doing differently? Are the differences between the states a matter of the rates of life-threatening injuries or disparity in speed and access to medical care? While telemedicine has been rightly hailed as a groundbreaking innovation for improving rural health, it doesn't help much for emergency situations.

This CDC infographic is powerful. It takes complicated data and breaks it down visually so it is accessible to even the least data-inclined reader. It avoids cramming too much information and visual stimulation into one graphic, allowing the data be clearly explained by images and design. CDC does a great job with infographics--check them out!