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Extreme heat is on for middle-aged people and those from cooler ...


Extreme heat is on for middle-aged people and those from cooler climes

Emergency department visits are higher among those aged 45 to 54 than are in the 75 years-plus age group, study finds

Senior features writer

When the mercury soars, middle-aged adults have a higher risk of emergency department visits than the elderly, a major study (http://press.psprings.co.uk/bmj/november/heat.pdf) in the US has found.

On days of extreme heat, the risk of adults between 45 and 54 years old visiting a hospital emergency department is nearly three times higher (10,3%) than for those older than 75 (3,6%), the Boston University School of Public Health researchers found.

The risk of emergency visits for heat-related illness rose 66% on days of extreme heat, averaging about 33.8°C, compared with cooler days. These days also saw a 30% increased risk of visits for renal disease and mental disorders...

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