Area weather warnings help patients
- Chris Rauber
“Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot,” as described in a poem my daughter Katie memorized in first grade, it can have a big impact on health, especially for people with chronic medical conditions like migraines or asthma.
Since mid-December, Bay Area residents, and others in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom who suffer from migraines, arthritis, asthma, diabetes and heart conditions, can opt for free, localized weather warnings. Using such information, they can either stay indoors, make sure they take their medications, or take other steps to avoid potential weather-triggered difficulties.
The MediClim.com web site, created by Dr. John Bart and meteorologist Denis Bourque, sends localized warnings 24 hours before Bay Area conditions change in ways that could contribute to chronic health problems. He says U.K. studies have shown that such early warnings can cut hospitalizations for chronic conditions by 20 percent.