Tropical Weather Linked to More Emergency Department Visits, Study Finds

Tropical Weather Linked to More Emergency Department Visits, Study Finds
Moist, tropical weather types are linked to an increase in emergency department (ED) visits for people with fibromyalgia and other pain-inducing disorders, a study found. The seven-year analysis of patient data and daily weather types also found that moist polar weather is associated with fewer ED visits. Researchers suggest that the disparity may be due to weather-related engagement in outdoor physical activities that increase the risk of pain. Specifically, patients may be more likely to take part in more outdoor sports and activities on warmer days, they said. The study, “Relationship between synoptic weather type and emergency department visits for different types of pain across the Triangle region of North Carolina,” was published in the International Journal of Biometeorology. Weather, and specifically atmospheric conditions, have long been reported as inducers of pain and other symptoms in a phenomenon known as
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