Top 20 Health and Medical Infographics That Will Blow Your Mind

Sometimes people can pick up on information easier through images rather than through text. Infographics, when interesting and pertaining to health and medical topics, can be a great way to educate a patient, for example. This list of the top 20 health and medical infographics will blow your mind, and they may blow your patients’ minds as well.

  1. Buying OrganicBuying Organic contains information for anyone who wants to eat healthier and also eat ethically. This graphic outlines all the major food processors of organic foods. The numbers indicate rank in North American food processing according to Food Processing. Some facts may surprise you, such as the fact that Pepsi processes Naked Juice.
  2. CO2 EmissionsCO2 Emissions illustrates that if everyone in the United States became a vegetarian for seven days, this country could save about 700 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions.  China has 1,338,410,002 inhabitants compared to U.S. 309,636,137 inhabitants, yet China only emits about 400,000,000 more tons of CO2 than the U.S.
  3. Dirty WaterDirty Water explains the facts about faucet water in various parts of the country. This infographic is based upon a new study that catalogs all the pollutants and chemicals that appear in tap water, such as arsenic and fuel additives. Many of these pollutants are unregulated, meaning no matter how high a dose appears in your water, it still is legal.
  4. Fatal DiseasesDisease Case Fatality Rates is an infographic that charts the number of cases for various diseases that result in fatalities. AIDS, untreated, is the largest killer, followed by Bird Flu and Tuberculosis. Only 0.1 percent of the population who contract seasonal flu die from this disease. Scroll down to see the same diseases and the survival rate of those diseases outside the body.
  5. Glass Half EmptyGlass Half Empty is a graphic that details the coming water wars, or the battles for fresh water. Since water is a vital component for good health, it might interest you to discover where the water shortages will occur by 2025. The U.S. stands in the middle, between places like Canada and South America on one end and Africa and the Middle East on the other end.
  6. Global Tobacco TradeGlobal Tobacco Trade is a great tool to use if you want to stop smoking. Not only does it list all the chemicals found in most commercial cigarettes, but it details major smuggling routes and other information about the tobacco trade. In the U.S., major interstate smuggling exists to evade high taxes.
  7. Human SubwayHuman Subway is an interesting take on the human body as a subway system, based upon the London Tube. Systems portrayed include arterial, CNS, digestive, lymphatic, musculature, respiratory, urinary and venous. Although not entirely accurate, it provides an interesting way to learn these systems and provides a great image for the wall.
  8. Laser Hair RemovalLaser Hair Removal brings information to viewers on how this technique works to remove hair, why people might want to use it, how to get the best results and what to avoid before a treatment. When you go to this link, you’ll also see an infographic on tattoo removal that includes basically the same information.
  9. Mens Deaths 2008Number of Men in the U.S. Who Will Die in 2008 as a Result of…is an infographic that, while dated, is an interesting graphic of a skull created from statistics. It appears that heart disease was the number one killer, followed by cancer, stroke and car accidents. It was predicted that only five men would die from spider bites.
  10. Our Favorite DrugsOur Favorite Drugs is a story about the war on drugs and how it keeps law enforcement busy. But, the kinds of battles vary widely, from meth labs (the U.S. West beats all) to cocaine (Florida wins) and pharmaceuticals (take it away, New England). The psychedelic map is divided by type of drug and by regions in the U.S.
  11. Personal Injury in the WildPersonal Injury in the Wild is an interesting infographic that shows how man (or woman) can die by various wild animals. Dogs are included, as it appears that fatal dog attacks are common. According to these statistics, you’ll have more chance of dying from a mosquito bite than you will from a snake bite.
  12. Prostate Cancer ConversationProstate Cancer Conversation is all about the known information about this disease. Age, family history and race are leading risk factors, but doctors can seldom explain why one man develops the disease and another does not. The earlier the disease is detected, the more easily and effectively it can be treated.
  13. The Center of Your Grocery StoreThe Center of Your Grocery Store is an infographic offered by Wired, and that points to the fact that most healthy items within most grocery stores are located in the periphery. The center aisles are where you’ll find foods with the highest “energy density,” or calories by weight, which makes those aisles ground zero of the obesity epidemic.
  14. Food MapThe Future of Food: How Science Will Solve the Next Global Crises is an amazing graphic that also is presented in an interesting format by Wired. Forty years ago, advances in fertilizers and pesticides boosted crop yield and fed a growing planet. Today, demand for food fueled by rises in worldwide consumption of meat and protein is again outpacing farmers’ abilities to keep up.
  15. Global Disease Alert MapThe Global Disease Alert Map is one example of an online interactive map tool that also is an infographic. This map locates any reports of disease from a selection of news sources. Available in multiple languages, HealthMap is a great use of the Google Maps API. You also can download and use this map from a mobile device.
  16. EpidemicsThe Origins and Paths of Epidemics shows where many epidemics began and when they started and how they traveled. For instance, the earliest evidence of malaria was discovered in the Dominican Republic in 30,000,000 BC. One of two remaining stocks of smallpox were locked away in Atlanta in 2009 to prevent possible use of that disease as a biological weapon.
  17. Blood AlcoholVisualizing Alcohol Use provides information about alcohol users in the United States, their ages, the amount of alcohol in drinks and blood alcohol levels by gender. It also points to the highest recorded and survived blood alcohol level, which is amazingly higher than the legal limit. This graphic also shows how students at Penn State felt alcohol affected them.
  18. Water ConsumptionWater Consumption shows how much water you might use on a daily basis. This is important health and environment information, as it shows that the creation of one pound of beef trumps all other water consumption uses, including showers and toilet flushing. For comparison, one 16 oz. glass of water equals .125 gallons, where the pound of beef takes 1,500 gallons.
  19. Water TableWater Table graphic is from a 1997 article in the New York Times. It is not a particularly special graphic, nor is it colorful. But, it got the Bill and Melinda Gates’ attention, a couple who were gripped by the numbers and who went on to save a million lives with their philanthropy. This table was discovered in a search for information graphics for advocacy.
  20. World HealthWorld Health displays different countries in price tags and the total costs of their health expenditures. Some countries spend a lot on health care, but don’t see great benefits for those expenditures among their citizens. The graphic also details several causes for deaths and life expectancy in years.
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