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Top stories about the health effects of pollution and climate change on human health

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January 3, 2022

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Healio’s coverage during 2021 demonstrates the influence that climate change and pollution have on health and wellbeing.

The most read story about climate change was about a collaboration of leading health journals, which reaffirmed the need for world leaders to take action to preserve the planet and public health.

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The effects of climate change and pollution on health and well-being are significant. Source: Adobe Stock.

Other stories included data regarding the expected number of deaths from climate change, research on mental health effects of climate changes, and a closer examination of the role of primary-care physicians in diagnosing and treating climate related conditions.

These stories and many more about the health effects on climate change and pollution can be found below.

Leading health journals publish joint editorial on Climate crisis

220 top health journals published an unprecedented collaboration on climate change. The editorial called on world leaders to swiftly take action to save the planet and protect public health. Continue reading.

Models predict that climate change could cause additional deaths of thousands by 2095.

A recent model has shown that the United States could see an additional 21,000 deaths from increases in particulate matters less than 2.5 micrometers by 2095 compared to the year 2000. Continue reading.

Q&A: Climate psychiatry making strides to tackle psychological fallout of climate change

As climate change continues to alter the physical landscape for populations throughout the world, it is also incurring profound effects on people’s psychological wellbeing and mental health. Continue reading.

HHS launches ‘small but mighty’ office to tackle health effects of climate change

HHS launched the Office of Climate Change and Health Equity to “protect vulnerable communities who disproportionately bear the brunt of pollution and climate-driven disasters … at the expense of public health.” Continue reading.

The increasing responsibility of PCPs to address the health effects of climate change has a significant impact on their ability to provide care for patients.

Human influence has had an unequivocal impact on Earth’s climate, causing significant changes that threaten people’s security and physical and mental health, according to a landmark report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Continue reading.

Patients with CKD may be able to drink plant-based milks. This could help mitigate climate change

New York University researchers identified plant-based dairy milks that have the best comparison to dairy milk in patients with chronic kidney disease or those who are more likely to develop kidney stones. Continue reading.

AHA offers tips to avoid cardiac and other dangers during heat waves

According to the American Heart Association, there are five ways Americans can prevent adverse events from extreme heat. Continue reading.

VIDEO – Physicians will be able to see more of the climate change’s health effects in their practice

In this video, Nitin damle, MD MS, MACP, past president, discusses highlights of his presentation at ACP’s virtual ACP Internal Medicine Meeting regarding the health consequences from climate change. Continue reading.

A picture book published by the Psychiatry Committee to help children cope climate anxiety

The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Climate Committee published a children’s book focused on helping caregivers navigate children’s anxiety about the changing climate. Continue reading.

4 in 10 Americans live near areas with high levels of unhealthy pollution

More than 40% of Americans live in areas with unhealthy pollution levels, and people of color are three times as likely to live in a county with polluted air, according to the American Lung Association’s 2021 State of the Air report. Continue reading.


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