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1 The impacts of climate change on three health outcomes The impacts of climate change on three health outcomes: temperature-related mortality and hospitalisations, salmonellosis and other bacterial gastroenteritis, and population at risk from dengue
The increase in asthma incidence, prevalence, and morbidity over recent decades presents a significant challenge to public health. Pollen is an important trigger of some types of asthma, and both pollen quantity and season depend on climatic and meteorologic variables. Over the same period as the global rise in asthma, there have been considerable increases(More)
BACKGROUND Body mass index (BMI) is an important measure of adiposity. While BMI derived from self-reported data generally agrees well with that derived from measured values, evidence from Australia is limited, particularly for the elderly. METHODS We compared self-reported with measured height and weight in a random sample of 608 individuals aged ≥ 45(More)
AIM To examine seasonal variation in hospital use for five paediatric conditions of the Australian Capital Territory residents. METHODS Hospital admissions (1993-2004) and emergency room (ER) presentations (1999-2004) for asthma, croup, bronchiolitis, other respiratory conditions and diarrhoea of children aged <5 years were compared by month and season.(More)
BACKGROUND There is strong evidence based on previous studies that ethnicity and socioeconomic status are important determinants of diversity in the occurrence of diabetes. However, the independent roles of socioeconomic status, country of birth and lifestyle factors in the occurrence of type 2 diabetes have not been clearly identified. This study(More)
BACKGROUND Walkability describes the capacity of the built environment to support walking for various purposes. This paper describes the construction and validation of two objective walkability indexes for Sydney, Australia. METHODS Walkability indexes using residential density, intersection density, land use mix, with and without retail floor area ratio(More)
Urban populations are growing rapidly throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Cities are vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change because of their concentration of people and infrastructure, the physical (geographical, material, and structural) attributes of the built environment, and the ecological interdependence with the urban ecosystem. Australia(More)
Hospitalisations are associated with ambient temperature, but little is known about responses in population sub-groups. In this study, heat responses for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in two age groups were examined for two categories of cardiac diseases using daily hospital admissions from five Northern Territory hospitals (1992-2011). Admission(More)
Humans come from a long line of meat-eaters. For much of the past two million years our hominid forebears have been evolving from scavenging to systematic hunting. This trend was intimately coupled with the evolution of the human brain, which now is much larger and more complex than was the brain of our mostly vegetarian australopithecine ancestors. In many(More)