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· The Hill reports on a new study showing that the rising temperatures due to climate change may lead to worse congenital heart defects in babies.
· What is the best way to avoid these complications? What are some other health threats associated with climate change?
Rising temperatures associated with climate change could trigger heart defects in babies, according to a new study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Heart Association.
Mothers exposed to extreme heat during the early stages of their pregnancy, approximately three to eight weeks post-conception, could lead to more babies being born with congenital heart defects (CHDs) between 2025 and 2035.
The study found that higher temperatures caused by climate change could result in as many as 7,000 additional cases of CHDs in the United States during that time.
Midwestern states such as Iowa will potentially have the highest increase in mothers exposed to excessively hot days during the spring and summer months, followed by the southern states such as Georgia and North Carolina.
Read the full article about climate change and its health effects by Morgan Gstalter at The Hill.
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