A British medical journal reports emergency room visits for children increase as temperatures go up. Authors of the study, which appeared in an online edition of the Emergency Medicine Journal, based their research on patterns of hospital treatments in 21 emergency rooms in England between 1996 and 2006. Their data found with every 5-degree increase in temperature, admissions increased for children. They also found a drop in temperature by 5 degrees increased adult admissions by 3 percent while increasing snowfall elevated admissions 8 percent. The report studied trauma units for an extended period of time, recognizing a strong relationship between recorded weather and trauma admissions. This analysis could better prepare hospital staff for changes in admission rates.
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