A friend, the same one who designed the logo of the site, asked if I could show asthma suffers in areas with high pollution. The task at hand sounded simple. I hunted down a few databases, but unfortunately the story we were looking for wasn’t there. I was hoping to show that states with higher pollution also have higher incidences of asthma. Unfortunately, none of the databases I found illustrated this. It’s not to say it is (or is not) true – it just wasn’t there in the data I had available. It might be something that can be seen at a county or city level, but I couldn’t find asthma data at that detail. Even if I could illustrate this, lots of analysis would be necessary to understand the link, if any, between pollution and asthma. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say there are other studies that explain the relationship. No big deal. Instead, I’ll share a much simpler map that I think is interesting.
The biggest questions in my mind are which factors are most likely contributing to the higher lifetime asthma in certain locations. Environmental factors? Genetic factors? Life choices?