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Climate change presents new challenges for healthcare

A study by researchers at the University of Colorado claims that along with new types of psychological problems such as climate anxiety and ecological grief, climate change has many other unfavourable consequences for human health, such as the chronic kidney disease that is becoming increasingly common among agricultural workers.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that the incidence of kidney disease is growing among people doing agricultural work in hot and humid climates: in Nicaragua and El Salvador, for instance, it has become the second leading cause of death.

The exact causes of the disease are as yet unknown, but it is certain that it is unrelated to the causes of typical chronic kidney disease, diabetes and hypertension, while it is connected with exposure to high temperatures and dehydration.

The experts believe that with the rise of the global average temperature, diseases caused by climate change will occur in an increasing number of locations around the world, and they also warn that the world’s hospitals are not prepared for the health problems caused by increasingly extreme heat waves.

Climate change is expected to present many new challenges for healthcare worldwide Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: ScienceDaily

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