Health Matters: Climate Change Affects Asthma

By: Triston Sanders Email
By: Triston Sanders Email

In today's health matters, climate change may lead to more asthma-related health problems in children, resulting in more emergency room visits in the next decade.

Mount Sinai researchers found changing levels of ozone could lead to more than a seven percent increase in ER visits by children under 17.

The team used regional and atmospheric chemistry models to simulate ozone levels for June through August in the 2020s and compared them to 1990s levels.

Study authors say they plan to continue using these models to understand specific impacts of climate change. They conclude better measures to reduce carbon pollution need to be implemented to protect our health.

Funding for this study was provided by the national institute of health research training program in environmental pediatrics.

Findings appear in the 'American Journal of Preventive Medicine.'

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