Extreme heat is a threat to a wider range of people than we thought

Extreme heat is a threat to a wider range of people than we thought

Extreme heat poses an increasing threat to the public, as heat waves are expected to become more frequent, more intense and longer-lasting due to climate change. Although the adverse health impacts of heat are well documented among older adults, less is known about the potential impacts of heat on young and middle-aged adults. A new study from researchers at UBC and Boston University examined the association between extreme temperatures and visits to the emergency department in the U.S., finding especially pronounced risks among young and middle-aged adults. Study co-author Dr. Kate Weinberger (she/her), an assistant professor at UBC’s school of population and public health, discusses the study’s results. What does this research tell us about who is vulnerable during extreme heat events? The results demonstrate that extreme heat is a …
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