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Free Online Tools to Access Public Health and Demographic Data

It’s always been a trouble for me to collect data region-wise data on different health indicators such as diseases during my assignments, presentations and research papers. Boring statistical tables containing a lot of confusing figures is the thing I hated most. What I needed was a tool that shows real-time data accessing from different Public health data sources and compiling it into interactive charts and illustrations.

Many tools available, that can be used to convert your boring statistical data into good-looking charts but that required a lot of hard work and time. Following are the best Free Online tools available that can be used to access Public Health data in interactive forms.

GBD Compare – Institute of for Health Metrics and Evaluation

This tool claims to have the demographic health data from 1990 to 2016. Managed by the University of Washington – this tool shows the data in following forms,

  • World Map
  • Treemap
  • Arrow Diagram
  • Pyramid
  • Patterns
  • Overlap map
  • Heatmap
  • Plot
  • Line

Search Country-wise data on Mortality due to Disease

As demonstrated in below photo, I selected the map from the left sidebar and then selected the disease diarrhoea, the map is showing me that the most hit areas due to that certain diseases are the Central African Republic and neighbouring countries like Chad.

Online Tool to Access Health Data
GBD Compare – Showing Health Data on Diarrhoea Disease

Compare Health Data of Two Different Countries

You can easily compare the trend of the disease based on the available data using the Plot in the tool by selecting from the left sidebar at the bottom. After that, select your disease and countries you want to compare from the dropdown list. You can select the measure among Deaths, YLDs and DALYs as per your requirement.  As shown in the below screenshot.

Health data compare tool
Plot – Comparing the Diarrheal disease data of India and Africa

This tool is not limited here, I spent my whole day searching and learning about that with its mix and compare customisable features.

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Demographic and Health Surveys – USAID

DHS is a program of United States Agency for International Development in which they collect data from the different government sources and compile them to help design better policies in the region. DHS only contains the data of less developed countries or the countries that are receiving US Aid.

The data is based on surveys, questionnaires,  GIS and Biomarkers. This tool shows the data in following forms.

  • Data Table
  • Column Chart
  • Line Graph
  • Thematic Map
Public Health Data tool by USAID
STATCompiler – Tool of USAID DHS Program

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Virus and Contagious Disease Surveillance – Health Map

This tool is managed by Boston’s Children Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Primarily built for Flu and Ebola outbreak, this tool shows the heat maps on several viral and contagious diseases around you.

Using this tool, you can see the data of past one week of any viral disease in any country.

Health Map Online Tool
Recent Dengue Alerts in India

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Bonus – Search Keyword Trends

This isn’t the direct way to get the health data. Google Trends displays the trends of search query being made on the search giant website. This data shows how much queries and in which region are being made most.

Health Data online tool
Regional Data on Liver Cirrhosis from Google Trends

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If there is some another tool that is worth adding to the list, Please feel free to share in the comment section.

How to use powerpoint to draw vector

Draw Schematic Plasmids using PowerPoint

Designing Schematic Plasmids using powerpoint
Figure 1: pTec1 15kb supposed plasmid

PowerPoint is a nice friend of every biotechnologist when it comes to presenting complex work to audiences. You may come across the Plasmids especially when you are working in Microbial Genetics or Recombinant DNA Technology. Presenting the schematic diagram of your plasmid without copy pasting from Google can be a nightmare for you.

Let’s make it easy for you and learn to Draw schematic plasmids/vectors in PowerPoint with few simple steps. In this tutorial, we are going to use few built-in shapes to draw a plasmid which will look like something shown in figure 1. 

Configuring Slides Size (optional)

  • Open the PowerPoint application.
  • Add new Blank Slide.
  • Click on “Design” Tab.
  • On Right side, Click on “Custom Size” Option in slide size icon.

Draw base of Plasmid

Select Arc Shape - Vector designing in PowerPoint
Figure 2: Select Arc Shape – Vector designing in PowerPoint
  • Click the “Insert” tab
  • Click on “Shapes” and select the “Arc” shape.
  • Draw the Arc while holding the Shift key.
  • Drag from the Yellow tiny square at the each end of the arc and complete the circle.

Draw Important Regions of Plasmid

In this step, we will draw important regions of the plasmid such as promter and insert fragment etc.

  • Duplicate the circle by selecting and then “Ctrl+D”
  • After Duplicating, select a shape and Click on “Format” 
  • Now click on the “Shape Outline” 
  • Change “Weight” and “Color” of the outline.
Draw important regions - Plasmid drawing using powerpoint
Figure 3: Drawing important regions of the plasmid.
  • Click on each of the shapes.
    Drag shapes to base plasmid - Draw plasmid using powerpoint
    Figure 4: Drag shapes to base plasmid
  • Drag that tiny yellow square backward to decrease the size of each circle according to the region size.
  • Place each colored shape on the base of the plasmid.

Annotations of Plasmid

This is about giving names to the regions which you just made on your plasmid.

  • Add a “Text Box” from your Insert tab
  • Write down appropriate annotations.
  • To give circular shape to your text, Select the text
  • Click on the Format tab
  • Click on “Text Effects” then “Transform”
  • Select the Appropriate design and drag them to the position.
Annotations - Plasmid designing using PowerPoint
Figure 5: Annotations of the regions


Saving your Plasmid as PDF or PNG

You can save it as PDF or PNG to use it in any article or your other publication. So this how you do it.

  • Click on “File”
  • Select “Save as”
  • Decide your destination
  • Select “Portable Network Graphics (PNG)/PDF” in “Select as type” while saving.

Download: pTec1 Sample

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