AFRICAN AMERICAN PHYSICIANS SEEING NEGATIVE HEALTH EFFECTS FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

Facebook.com: 6/26/14

At a news conference in Washington, DC on June 25th, it was revealed that African American physicians around the country are concerned about the health consequences of climate change that they are seeing in their patients, and want to see the medical community get more involved in responding to the problem. This is according to a new survey conducted by the National Medical Association (NMA) and George Mason University. Nearly nine out of ten (88%) of the physicians surveyed said that climate change is relevant to patient care, and nearly two-thirds (61%) indicated they believe that some of their own patients are already being harmed moderately or a great deal. The most common health effects of climate change that survey respondents observe in their patients are injuries from extreme weather events, such as floods, fires, and major snow storms (88%), and increases in the severity of chronic illnesses due to air pollution (87%). Read More