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New Study on the Impact of Extreme Temperatures on Health

Environmental Health, EPI,

Helmholtz Munich is researching how heat and cold affect people with chronic diseases as part of the Augsburg KORA Study.

How do heat and cold affect our health? Against the background of climate change and increasingly extreme temperatures, researchers from the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Munich are now examining the effects of weather on the health of people with common chronic diseases.

To this end, a new study is being conducted in the Augsburg region, investigating the impact of high and low air temperatures on the well-being of people, particularly those with chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“With this study, we aim to contribute to the development of health policy measures to reduce relevant therapeutic deficits associated with climate change. Targeted protection of population groups that are particularly sensitive to environmental influences due to chronic diseases is of crucial importance.” 

Dr. Alexandra Schneider

Read more (in German): Neue Studie zu Auswirkungen extremer Temperaturen auf die Gesundheit

Dr. Alexandra Schneider

Deputy Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Head of Research Group 'Environmental Risks', Senior Scientist