Health effects of extreme heat on asthma
Meredith McCormack (Principal Investigator)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences
Formerly Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
As extreme heat becomes more frequent and intense, protecting those at greatest risk – including the poor, children, and the elderly – from fatalities and health complications from heat exposure grows as a public health concern. Researchers Meredith McCormack, Roger Peng, Darryn Waugh, and Patrick Breysse have been examining heat-related health effects on Baltimore’s inner-city minority children with asthma, a vulnerable population to extreme heat. The study aims to:
- Determine the effect of individual exposure to extreme heat on asthma morbidity among minority children with asthma living in inner-city Baltimore.
- Determine the interactive effect between extreme heat and air pollutant exposure on asthma health outcomes among children with asthma living in inner-city Baltimore.
- Estimate the relationship between ambient and personal temperature exposure and to identify factors that explain the variability between these two exposure metrics.
McCormack MC,, Belli AJ, Saha A, Diette GB, Williams DL, Matsui EC, Peng RD, Breysse PN, Hansel NN. (2014). Indoor And Outdoor Heat Exposure Is Associated With Increased COPD Morbidity (meeting abstract). Annals of the American Thoracic Society.