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How heat affects health: An overlooked outcome of climate change

Climate change-induced health impacts are gaining traction as a primary concern — heat chief among them, but so are air quality, water quality, disease-carrying insects and secondary impacts such as mold, loss of electricity from catastrophic events and the mental health toll from each of the above.

Source: CT Mirror
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  • Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs

    Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result. That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The study was a joint undertaking by the Yale School of Public Health, Yale School of the Environment, Vermont Law and Graduate School, and Operation Fuel, an energy-assistance nonprofit.

    Source: Energy News Network
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  • Two Heart Medications Tied to Greater Heart Attack Risk During Very Hot Weather

    A new Yale study found that, among people suffering non-fatal heart attacks associated with hot weather, an outsize portion were taking beta-blockers or antiplatelet medication. The study doesn’t prove that these medications caused the heart attacks, nor that they make people more vulnerable to heart attack. Although it’s possible that they did increase the risk of heart attacks triggered by hot weather, it’s also possible that patients’ underlying heart disease explains both the prescriptions and the higher susceptibility to heart attack during hot weather.

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  • Drought Linked to Higher Diarrhea Risk in Children

    Diarrhea is a leading killer of young children around the world, and cases often rise after heavy rains and flooding. But diarrhea risks can also increase in dry conditions, an ominous sign as the world continues to get warmer due to climate change.

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  • 1 in 6 deaths worldwide attributed to pollution: Review

    One out of every six deaths in 2019 were attributed to pollution, according to a new estimate published in The Lancet Planetary Health. Dr. Robert Dubrow, Faculty Director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, provided additional insights on this issue.

    Source: ABC News
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  • How to Tell whether a Cancer Is Caused by Plain Bad Luck

    Cancer results from a combination of spontaneous mutations that arise with age—just call it “bad luck”—and environmental exposures to carcinogens such as tobacco, ultraviolet light or viruses. But the question of the relative contribution of luck—compared with more explicit causes—has generated vigorous debate for years.

    Source: Scientific American
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