Climate Change and Health

Two news stories recently published have inked climate change and health. The first relates to a known problem caused by heat waves and extreme cold. In very cold conditions and in very hot conditions the human heart us under more stress than usual. This is well known and well documented. However, studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine studied the weather to see if it had any link to some 84,000 patients admitted to hospital with heart attacks between 2003 and 2006. They found that a reduction of 1⁰ Celsius in average temperature meant an additional 2% in the numbers of people being admitted to hospital with heart attacks. Those affected were mainly aged between 70 and 80 years old and although the 2% increase may not be significant (except to the people affected) it may point to some correlation with which medics were not previously aware. Continue reading