Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patients

New research uncovers yet another population that will be vulnerable to the heat waves that climate change is delivering with increasing frequency: people with kidney disease

Heat waves brought by climate change could prove deadly for kidney patientsExtremely hot days can increase advanced kidney disease patients’ risk of hospitalisation and death, and climate change means they’ll face more such days, the study authors said. “Climate change is not just about future scenarios and distant communities. It is here and now, and it is adversely impacting our community’s health in more ways than […]

Maha health dept forms committee to study climate change impact on human health

Although global warming may bring some localised benefits, such as fewer winter deaths in temperate climates and increased food production in certain areas, the overall health effects of a changing climate are likely to be overwhelmingly negative. Climate change affects social and environmental determinants of health - clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter

Maha health dept forms committee to study climate change impact on human healthThe State health department has formed a committee to evaluate impact of climate change on health. When the adverse impact of climate change is seen on environment, experts say that the impact is also seen on health of people. Dr Pradeep Awate, head of state’s epidemiology department, said, “We have formed a committee of experts […]

Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer

Climate change could affect the occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer

Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transferResearchers from The University of Queensland and Swansea University have been looking at how different environments provide opportunities for animal-to-human diseases, known as zoonotic diseases, to interact with and infect new host species, including humans. Dr Nicholas Clark, from UQ’s School of Veterinary Science, said this was a new line of thinking in this area, […]

Climate change could raise risk of congenital heart defects, warns study

More babies could be born with heart defects in the future as global warming puts pregnant women at greater risk of exposure to dangerously high temperatures, new research suggests

Climate change could raise risk of congenital heart defects, warns studyThe study is preliminary, and the potential impact of climate change on congenital heart disease is far from clear, the researchers say. But earlier work has suggested that expectant mothers, who are exposed to extreme heat in the spring or summer, particularly in early pregnancy, are more likely to deliver babies with heart defects. “Early […]

Lancet study reveals, climate change linked with both obesity and undernutrition

Authors point out that climate change will increase food insecurity through extreme weather events, droughts and shift in agriculture, which will in turn lead to increased undernutrition

Lancet study reveals, climate change linked with both obesity and undernutritionThe recently published ‘Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report,’ mentions the total opposites malnutrition and obesity and also a seemingly independent third factor, climate change,’ as ‘tri-demic’ or ‘syndemic’. It says that they are factors which are triggered by common problems and require common solution. It further mentions that […]

Obesity, undernutrition and climate change: Lancet study highlights  

The report of the Lancet Commission on Obesity demonstrates that the pandemics of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change represent the paramount challenge for humans, the environment and our planet

Obesity, undernutrition and climate change: Lancet study highlights  Over the past two decades, obesity, under nutrition and climate change have been viewed as separate, and policy responses have been unacceptably slow due to reluctance of policy makers to implement effective policies, powerful opposition by vested commercial interests, and insufficient demand for change by the public and civil society. Undernutrition is declining too slowly […]

Change in climate leads to rise in viral diseases in Pune

In the last two weeks, Pune has seen many fluctuations in temperature; due to this the city has seen a rise in the number of patients suffering from viral ailments

Change in climate leads to rise in viral diseases in PuneWith the onset of October heat, residents of Pune are encountering many viral diseases. When the post monsoon showers are still vising the city, differences in temperatures are making people from the city ill. The temperatures are varying between hot and cold and during this transitory period, there is an increase in pathogens and allergens […]

Global hunger increasing due to climate change, warns UN

The annual UN report found that climate variability affecting rainfall patterns and agricultural seasons, and climate extremes such as droughts and floods, are among the key drivers behind the rise in hunger, together with conflict and economic slowdowns

Global hunger increasing due to climate change, warns UNThe number of people suffering from hunger has increased during the past three years, after years of decline, a UN report suggests. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one person in every nine. And nearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have their […]

Climate change: Rice becoming less nutritious due to high carbon dioxide levels

Rice is under threat of becoming less nutritious due to the harmful effects of man-made CO2 gas emissions, according to a study penned by scientists from across the world

Climate change: Rice becoming less nutritious due to high carbon dioxide levelsHuman-caused greenhouse gas emissions threaten to make rice less nutritious, scientists said in a study released on Wednesday, raising a worrying possibility about the staple food item for billions of humans. Rice contains lower levels of key vitamins when grown amid high concentrations of carbon dioxide, the most common of the greenhouse gases driving climate […]

Are climate change and diabetes linked?

The researchers found that for every 1-degree Celsius increase in outdoor temperature, there was about a 4% increase of the total diabetes incidence in the United States per year between 1996 and 2009, Blauw said. An increase of 1 degree Celsius is equivalent to an increase of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit on the Fahrenheit temperature scale

Are climate change and diabetes linked?Scientists have long warned that rising global temperatures may impact public health in a devastating way because climate change is associated with deadly weather events, the spread of infectious diseases and even food shortages. Now, researchers are looking at whether climate change might be linked to another public health concern: Type 2 diabetes. Between 1996 […]