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S Rocha, C Kerdelhué, M L Ben Jamaa, S Dhahri, C Burban, M Branco
Extreme climate events such as heat waves are predicted to become more frequent with climate change, representing a challenge for many organisms. The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa is a Mediterranean pine defoliator, which typically lays eggs during the summer. We evaluated the effects of heat waves on egg mortality of three populations with different phenologies: a Portuguese population with a classical life cycle (eggs laid in summer), an allochronic Portuguese population reproducing in spring, and a Tunisian population from the extreme southern limit of T...
February 10, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
Madelyn Anderson, Jodie Leditschke, Richard Bassed, Stephen M Cordner, Olaf H Drummer
This is a critical review to discuss the best practice approaches to mortuary operations in preparation for and the response to natural, mass fatality, disaster events, as identified by a review of published articles. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Protocols (PRISMA-P) Statement guided the identification of potential articles to use in this critical review. Subsequent searches were also conducted to identify articles relating to heat wave, and flood mortality. All identified peer-reviewed studies published in English which discussed the preparation and response of mortuaries to mass fatality natural disasters occurring in developed countries were included...
March 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Antonella Rossati
Since the mid-19th century, human activities have increased greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide in the Earth's atmosphere that resulted in increased average temperature. The effects of rising temperature include soil degradation, loss of productivity of agricultural land, desertification, loss of biodiversity, degradation of ecosystems, reduced fresh-water resources, acidification of the oceans, and the disruption and depletion of stratospheric ozone. All these have an impact on human health, causing non-communicable diseases such as injuries during natural disasters, malnutrition during famine, and increased mortality during heat waves due to complications in chronically ill patients...
January 2017: International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
M A Sarath Chandran, A V M Subba Rao, V M Sandeep, V P Pramod, P Pani, V U M Rao, V Visha Kumari, Ch Srinivasa Rao
Heat wave is a hazardous weather-related extreme event that affects living beings. The 2015 summer heat wave affected many regions in India and caused the death of 2248 people across the country. An attempt has been made to quantify the intensity and duration of heat wave that resulted in high mortality across the country. Half hourly Physiologically Equivalent Temperature (PET), based on a complete heat budget of human body, was estimated using automatic weather station (AWS) data of four locations in Andhra Pradesh state, where the maximum number of deaths was reported...
December 8, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Esther Rubio-Portillo, Andrés Izquierdo-Muñoz, Juan F Gago, Ramon Rosselló-Mora, Josefa Antón, Alfonso A Ramos-Esplá
In the late summer of 2015, extensive mortality of scleratinian corals, gorgonians, and sponges was observed in the Marine Protected Area of Tabarca (southeast Spain). Quantitative data indicated that at 25 m depth the sea fan Eunicella singularis was the most affected species (50% of colonies affected by partial mortality); while in shallow waters more than 40% of the endemic scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa population showed tissue lesions that affected more than 10% of their surfaces. Other affected species were the scleractinian corals Oculina patagonica and Phyllangia mouchezii, the sea fan Leptogorgia sarmentosa and the sponge Sarcotragus fasciculatus...
December 2016: Marine Environmental Research
Celia Olabarria, Ignacio Gestoso, Fernando P Lima, Elsa Vázquez, Luc A Comeau, Filipa Gomes, Rui Seabra, José M F Babarro
Different combinations of behavioural and physiological responses may play a crucial role in the ecological success of species, notably in the context of biological invasions. The invasive mussel Xenostrobus securis has successfully colonised the inner part of the Galician Rias Baixas (NW Spain), where it co-occurs with the commercially-important mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis. This study investigated the effect of a heatwave on the physiological and behavioural responses in monospecific or mixed aggregations of these species...
2016: PloS One
Michael A Makara, Ky V Hoang, Latha P Ganesan, Elliot D Crouser, John S Gunn, Joanne Turner, Larry S Schlesinger, Peter J Mohler, Murugesan V S Rajaram
BACKGROUND: Sepsis patients with cardiac dysfunction have significantly higher mortality. Although several pathways are associated with myocardial damage in sepsis, the precise cause(s) remains unclear and treatment options are limited. This study was designed to develop a new model to investigate the early events of cardiac damage during sepsis progression. METHODS AND RESULTS: Francisella tularensis subspecies novicida (Ft.n) is a Gram-negative intracellular pathogen causing severe sepsis syndrome in mice...
September 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Michael T Schmeltz, Elisaveta P Petkova, Janet L Gamble
Understanding how heat waves affect morbidity and mortality, as well as the associated economic costs, is essential for characterizing the human health impacts of extreme heat under a changing climate. Only a handful of studies have examined healthcare costs associated with exposures to high temperatures. This research explores costs associated with hospitalizations for heat-related illness (HRI) in the United States using the 2001 to 2010 Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS). Descriptive statistics of patient data for HRI hospitalizations were examined and costs of hospitalizations were reported using the all-payer inpatient cost-to-charge ratio...
September 8, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Louis Lebel, Phimphakan Lebel, Boripat Lebel
Weather is suspected to influence fish growth and survival, and be a factor in mass mortality events in cage aquaculture in reservoirs. The purpose of this study was to identify the important climate-related risks faced by cage aquaculture farms; evaluate how these risks were currently being managed; and explore how farmers might adapt to the effects of climate change. Fish farmers were interviewed across the northern region of Thailand to get information on impacts, perceptions and practices. Drought or low water levels, heat waves, cold spells and periods with dense cloud cover, each caused significant financial losses...
September 1, 2016: Environmental Management
Björn Fagerberg, Tord Kjellström, Andreas Vilhelmsson, Lars Barregård
High temperatures have a direct impact on body functions. Heat waves increase mortality risks due to myocardial infarction, stroke, and pulmonary disease. Cold temperatures also increase mortality, but with a longer latency. A recent study found only a small difference between the minimal mortality temperature (MMT) and the temperatures at which mortality rose steeply, although the majority of deaths occurred at temperatures below MMT. Global climate change with increasing temperatures seriously threatens health, work capacity, and generation of household incomes, particularly among poor people in hot countries...
July 22, 2016: Läkartidningen
Matthew G Johnson, Sheryll Brown, Pam Archer, Aaron Wendelboe, Sheryl Magzamen, Kristy K Bradley
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 660 deaths occur annually in the United States associated with excess natural heat. A record heat wave in Oklahoma during 2011 generated increased interest concerning heat-related mortality among public health preparedness partners. We aimed to improve surveillance for heat-related mortality and better characterize heat-related deaths in Oklahoma during 1990-2011, and to enhance public health messaging during future heat emergencies. METHODS: Heat-related deaths were identified by querying vital statistics (VS) and medical examiner (ME) data during 1990-2011...
October 2016: Environmental Research
Ying Zhang, Monika Nitschke, Antoinette Krackowizer, Keith Dear, Dino Pisaniello, Philip Weinstein, Graeme Tucker, Sepehr Shakib, Peng Bi
The extreme heat wave in Australia in 2009 resulted in significantly increased number of daily deaths. The circumstances that lead to deaths during extreme heat have not been explored before in Australia. This study aims to identify the individual and community risk factors for deaths during this extreme heat wave in Adelaide. A matched case-control study was conducted. Cases were those who died in the Adelaide metropolitan area during the heat wave period. For each case, two community controls were randomly selected, matched by age and gender...
January 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
Aditi Bunker, Jan Wildenhain, Alina Vandenbergh, Nicholas Henschke, Joacim Rocklöv, Shakoor Hajat, Rainer Sauerborn
INTRODUCTION: Climate change and rapid population ageing are significant public health challenges. Understanding which health problems are affected by temperature is important for preventing heat and cold-related deaths and illnesses, particularly in the elderly. Here we present a systematic review and meta-analysis on the effects of ambient hot and cold temperature (excluding heat/cold wave only studies) on elderly (65+ years) mortality and morbidity. METHODS: Time-series or case-crossover studies comprising cause-specific cases of elderly mortality (n=3,933,398) or morbidity (n=12,157,782) were pooled to obtain a percent change (%) in risk for temperature exposure on cause-specific disease outcomes using a random-effects meta-analysis...
April 2016: EBioMedicine
Tarik Benmarhnia, Zinzi Bailey, David Kaiser, Nathalie Auger, Nicholas King, Jay S Kaufman
BACKGROUND: The impact of heat waves on mortality and health inequalities is well documented. Very few studies have assessed the effectiveness of heat action plans (HAPs) on health, and none has used quasi-experimental methods to estimate causal effects of such programs. OBJECTIVES: We developed a quasi-experimental method to estimate the causal effects associated with HAPs that allows the identification of heterogeneity across subpopulations, and to apply this method specifically to the case of the Montreal (Quebec, Canada) HAP...
November 2016: Environmental Health Perspectives
Daniel Oudin Åström, Christofer Åström, Kaidi Rekker, Ene Indermitte, Hans Orru
BACKGROUND: On-going climate change is predicted to result in a growing number of extreme weather events-such as heat waves-throughout Europe. The effect of high temperatures and heat waves are already having an important impact on public health in terms of increased mortality, but studies from an Estonian setting are almost entirely missing. We investigated mortality in relation to high summer temperatures and the time course of mortality in a coastal and inland region of Estonia. METHODS: We collected daily mortality data and daily maximum temperature for a coastal and an inland region of Estonia...
2016: PloS One
Arduino A Mangoni, Susan Kim, Paul Hakendorf, Lidia Mayner, Richard J Woodman
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether heat waves (HWs) affect exposure to drugs with anticholinergic effects (DACEs) on admission and the effect of such on length of stay (LOS) and in-hospital mortality in older adults. DESIGN: Retrospective. SETTING: Metropolitan teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 65 and older with at least one chronic condition (n = 307) admitted to a medical ward during five consecutive HWs (≥5 consecutive days of a maximum temperature of ≥35 °C or ≥3 consecutive days of a maximum temperature of ≥40 °C) recorded between 2007 and 2009...
May 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Jason Glaser, Jay Lemery, Balaji Rajagopalan, Henry F Diaz, Ramón García-Trabanino, Gangadhar Taduri, Magdalena Madero, Mala Amarasinghe, Georgi Abraham, Sirirat Anutrakulchai, Vivekanand Jha, Peter Stenvinkel, Carlos Roncal-Jimenez, Miguel A Lanaspa, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, David Sheikh-Hamad, Emmanuel A Burdmann, Ana Andres-Hernando, Tamara Milagres, Ilana Weiss, Mehmet Kanbay, Catharina Wesseling, Laura Gabriela Sánchez-Lozada, Richard J Johnson
Climate change has led to significant rise of 0.8°C-0.9°C in global mean temperature over the last century and has been linked with significant increases in the frequency and severity of heat waves (extreme heat events). Climate change has also been increasingly connected to detrimental human health. One of the consequences of climate-related extreme heat exposure is dehydration and volume loss, leading to acute mortality from exacerbations of pre-existing chronic disease, as well as from outright heat exhaustion and heat stroke...
August 8, 2016: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
Junzhe Bao, Zhenkun Wang, Chuanhua Yu, Xudong Li
BACKGROUND: Global climate change is one of the most serious environmental issues faced by humanity, and the resultant change in frequency and intensity of heat waves and cold spells could increase mortality. The influence of temperature on human health could be immediate or delayed. Latitude, relative humidity, and air pollution may influence the temperature-mortality relationship. We studied the influence of temperature on mortality and its lag effect in four Chinese cities with a range of latitudes over 2008-2011, adjusting for relative humidity and air pollution...
2016: BMC Public Health
Won Kyung Lee, Hye Ah Lee, Hyesook Park
Studies conducted to evaluate temporal trends of heat-related mortality have not considered the effects of heat waves; although it is known they can affect mortality and act as a modifying factor. After adjusting for long-term trends and seasonality, the effects of temperature on non-accidental deaths in Seoul and Busan (inland and coastal cities, respectively) were analyzed using a generalized additive model of Poisson distribution. We evaluated temporal trends of heat-related mortalities in four periods (1991-1995, 1996-2000, 2001-2005, and 2006-2012)...
May 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Lung-Chang Chien, Yuming Guo, Kai Zhang
BACKGROUND: Heat and heat waves have been linked to the increased risk of deaths, hospital admissions, and emergency visits. OBJECTIVES: This study presents a spatiotemporal analysis of heat and heat wave effects on elderly mortality (≥65years) in Texas. METHODS: We compiled a six-year daily weather and mortality counts dataset from 254 counties in Texas during 2006-2011. Heat index (HI), a combination of temperature and relative humidity, was used as the exposure metric in this study...
August 15, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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