Weather’s impact on health of the nation

Posted: July 15, 2008 in Health, Weather
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Spent a fascinating day at the Met Office in Exeter and saw an excellent presentation from Wayne Elliott on the work they are doing around anticipatory care.

Weather has a major impact on all kinds of health issuesand the thinking goes that if they can produce better, more accurate, forecasts at an earlier stage, they can play a big part in curbing illness and even deaths.

France’s summer heatwave in 2003 killed nearly 15,000 people, many of them elderly, and put severe strain on health resources. Better forecasting and improved planning and prevention strategies could, potentially, have saved many lives.

One example cited here in the UK concerned the respiratory disease COPD and involved Finnish firm Medixine: http://tiny.cc/24nIy
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