Map of health

  • Odra Noel
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Map of health. Odra Noel. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0). Source: Wellcome Collection.

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The Map of Health This image shows a map of the world with each area made up of human tissue relating to the main health problems within those areas. North America struggles with rising obesity, and therefore this area is made up of adipose tissue (fat). Central and South America are represented by pulmonary tissue (lungs); smoking and respiratory infections are a leading cause of death here. Europe, with its ageing population, suffers greatly from neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia (neurones, brain tissue). Large areas of the middle East and central Asia are shown here as cardiac muscle (heart), as these regions are afflicted with rising levels of hypertension and other causes of heart and cardiovascular failure. The far East and the Pacific are made up of pancreatic acinar tissue; its failure causes diabetes, a major problem in this area, frequently described as a diabetes epidemic. And Africa is made of blood here. The only continent where the leading cause of death are transmittable diseases (infections), notably malaria and HIV. There are 5 hidden mitochondria in the map. They are the organelles inside our cells responsible for energy generation. Mitochondrial research will play an important role over the coming years! Cellular level art, paint on silk, digitised.


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