Extreme heat effects may be more pronounced among young and middle-aged adults than older adults

Extreme heat effects may be more pronounced among young and middle-aged adults than older adults

Extreme heat-;a leading cause of weather-related deaths in the United States-;poses an increasing threat to the public, as days of extreme heat are expected to become more frequent, more intense, and longer-lasting due to the continued effects of climate change. Although the adverse health impacts of heat have been well documented among older adults, less is known about the potential impacts of heat on young and middle-aged adults. Now, a new study led by researchers at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) has found that complications from extreme heat appear to be more pronounced among young and middle-aged US adults than older adults. Published in The British Medical Journal, the study examined the association between extreme temperatures and visits to the emergency department (ED), and found that days of …
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