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With Summer, Doctors Warn ‘Beware the Heat’

With this past weekend bringing the first day of summer, scientists warn the public, “beware of the heat!” The New York Times’ Well blog reports. “With climate change…The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that excessive heat caused by climate change could kill more than 150,000 Americans by the end of the century in the 40 largest cities.” The council also estimates that about 1,800 deaths per year are caused by illnesses made worse by heat. Experts specifically warn elderly adults who have a harder time cooling down their bodies due to poor vasodilation and are also at a greater risk of dehydration. Doctors urge the public to be aware of earliest signs of heat stroke which include fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headache, nausea, and muscle cramps.

Read the article published by The New York Times’ Well blog.