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How is climate change affecting our immunity?

How is climate change affecting our immunity?

Studies show the warming world is having a profound effect on our ability to fight off diseases 2021 was the sixth warmest year since records…

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Studies show the warming world is having a profound effect on our ability to fight off diseases

2021 was the sixth warmest year since records began, and research has shown that this warming is placing a great burden on the human immune system.

‘The changing climate is affecting the spread of infectious diseases, putting populations at higher risk of emerging diseases and co-epidemics,’ found the 2022 Lancet Countdown report , an annual study which tracks climate change and health over time.

Another study by researchers at Mamoa’s University of Hawaii revealed that more than 58 percent of human diseases have worsened because of climate change.

The study, which was published in August, looked at the impact of ten climatic hazards worsened by greenhouse gas emissions on human diseases, such as droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires.

Researchers found that out of the 375 diseases considered, 218 were affected by climate change.

The bad news doesn’t stop there either. These diseases range from the tropical to the relatively ordinary including hayfever and asthma.According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology , climate change has increased the intensity of the pollen season and prolonged its duration, thus increasing the risks and severity of asthma attacks and causing more allergies.‘Undoubtedly, the human condition is inherently linked to world around us,’ explains Dr Ross Walton, Immunologist and founder of clinical research company, A-IR.‘This interwoven, complex network of cause and effect is only just beginning to become elucidated.’ Why is our immune system important? ‘The immune system plays […]

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