Global Warming And Individual Health

January 16, 2008


Add the fight against global warming to the list of political battles that impact the health arena.  A long-term study of global warming’s impact on medical needs was conducted by Australian researchers in order to help that country’s single-payer system plan for the future.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, researchers found that  “heat waves – defined as a periods of three days or more in which the average temperature exceeded 35 degrees – produced a seven per cent increase in admissions to hospital and a four per cent increase in ambulance trips.”  The Herald adds that “the number of people admitted for kidney disease increased by 17 per cent (during heat waves), and the number admitted for mental illness increased by seven per cent.”

Melbourne’s Herald Sun (ironic name, that) quotes the study’s lead researcher, Prof. Kevin Parton, as saying that mosquito-borne diseases will also be on the upswing as the result of warming trends.

There are those who will say these reports are “alarmist,” of course, although they rely of widely accepted climatological and medical research.  The study is, unfortunately, not alarmist.   On the upside, the long-term investment opportunities look good for related medical products – including antibiotics, antidepressants, dialysis technology, and bug repellent.

I wish I were kidding.


2 Responses to “Global Warming And Individual Health”

  1. Global warming is the reason behind in the decline of health of many people, a very serious issue which needs immediate attention.

  2. […] the way we use medical care – and how much we need. As an Australian study found (and we summarized here), overall hospital admissions went up by 7% during heat waves, while mental health admissions went […]

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