Thursday, August 8, 2013

Heat Wave Deaths Can Happen Fast, Without Obvious Warning

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Heat waves can harm people's health in unexpected ways, according to a new report. 

While it has been thought that in cities, people living alone or in big apartment buildings are the most susceptible, a new analysis of heat-related illnesses and deaths in New York City suggests the real problem is not necessarily where a person lives, but that hyperthermia can kill a person quickly without showing obvious warning signs.

For the report, New York City health officials looked at heat waves that struck the city between 2000 and 2011, and found that unlike what previous studies suggested, people who died from hyperthermia were not more likely to live in multifamily apartment buildings, or to live alone than the general population of the city.
 
For the rest of the story: http://www.livescience.com/38757-heat-waves-affect-all.html

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