Public data set highlights: Deepwater Horizon and cardiovascular epidemiology

Friday, November 3, 2017

This week's Data is Plural newsletter features two health-related datasets: one with NOAA data on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and one on cardiovascular mortality from IHME at the University of Washington. Hooray epidemiology!
Deepwater Horizon’s effects. For years, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has been working to assess the damage done to natural resources by the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. As part of that effort, they’ve collected and compiled several dozen related datasets, including toxicity studies, plankton samples, necropsies of stranded turtles, dolphin health assessments, and a “backyard boater” survey. [h/t Sebastian Kraus]

County-level cardiovascular deaths. Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation to estimated cardiovascular mortality rates for each U.S. county, for every year between 1980 and 2014. The findings, based on 32 million de-identified death records, population data from the Census, and other sources, are also broken down by particular disease (e.g., aortic aneurysm, ischemic stroke, etc.) and gender. Related: The researchers’ JAMA article describing their methodology and findings. Previously: The Global Burden of Disease dataset, published by the same institute (DIP 2016.07.27). [h/t Michael A. Rice, a teacher at Ingraham High School in Seattle]
Bonus: The newsletter also has a public data set on all the sexual assault allegations for recent high-profile cases, including Cosby, Weinstein, and Trump.

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