The claim: Global warming isn't just bad for the planet--it could have a direct effect on your body. High daily temperature and humidity shifts are associated with an increased risk for stroke, finds new research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2014. (Weather shifts aren't always bad--see how lower temperatures can actually benefit your health.)
The research: Yale University investigators cross-referenced local temperature and dew point data with 134,510 ischemic stroke hospitalizations taken from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Database. They found that days with extreme temperature and dew point fluctuations yielded higher incidence of stroke hospitalization-regardless of region, season, or patient factors like high blood pressure or diabetes. Stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops.
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