Climate Change May Trigger More Asthma
FRIDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Climate change may increase
children's asthma-related visits to hospital emergency departments
in the next decade.
The prediction was made by Mount Sinai School of Medicine
researchers using regional and atmospheric models. They linked N.Y.
State Department of Health climate and air quality information with
data on asthma-related emergency department visits by children in
14 counties that are part of the New York City metropolitan
The team then simulated ozone levels for June through August in
five consecutive years in the 2020s and compared them with ozone
levels in the 1990s. The model showed an overall 7.3 percent
increase in asthma-related emergency department visits by children
up to age 17, with increases in individual counties ranging from
5.2 to 10.2 percent.
The study is published in the September issue of the
American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
"Our study shows that these assessment models are an effective way of evaluating the long-term impact of global climate change on a local level," said Dr. Perry Sheffield, assistant professor of preventive medicine, in a Mount Sinai news release.
The researchers called for stronger efforts to reduce pollution
that contributes to climate change and pollution that forms
The World Health Organization has more about
climate change and health.
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