What are the main causes of death around the world? If we need to take a single cause, cardiovascular disease is the winner. And if we look into it in a little more detail, we see differences from area to area.
Here’s a map of the world based on conditions that are common in each of the regions and continents of the world. This map has been designed by “Odra Noel”, a doctor at the University of the Basque Country. She also gained a PhD in basic science at the University of London and has art training in music education and also aesthetic. Odra Noel combines scientific work with scientific art creation.
When seen through the microscope, the tissues that form our organs and body parts can be stunningly beautiful, with all the complex structures that determine their function forming beguiling patterns.
North America struggles with rising obesity, and this adipose tissue (fat) is more beautiful close up than you would imagine.
Central and South America are represented here by pulmonary tissue (lungs); smoking and respiratory infections are a leading cause of death.
Europe, with its ageing population, suffers greatly from neurodegenerative diseases, including dementia (neurons, brain tissue).
Great swathes 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 look beautiful in 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.