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Stroke Risk Tied to Cold, Humidity, Weather Swings

Here’s another reason to dislike winter...
February 20, 2014

Here’s another reason to dislike winter: There may be a link between cold weather and the risk of suffering a stroke. Researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans say cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell — 3 percent for every 5 degrees, the study found. Several of these same researchers published another study earlier this year that looked at stroke deaths from 1999 to 2006 among Medicare patients and found a pattern — higher rates in the winter, lower in summer and a small peak in July. –more

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