Health Forecasts

Did you know that the Meteorological Office offers ‘health forecasts’?  We got a memo from them (via our office) about a predicted increase in paediatric respiratory infections.

No kidding!  For two days all I attended were patients with chest infections.

Then on Friday all but two of my thirteen calls were faints, or epileptic fits.  I’m left wondering if it is something in the weather that caused that little spike.

Oh, I also attended three schools on Friday (one epileptic and two fainters), while normally I wouldn’t see that many schools in on month.

A strange day.

6 thoughts on “Health Forecasts”

  1. That link is very interesting. I didn't know they did that. I saw the same sort of thing on the Weather Channel in the USA and on their website, but not here. It confirms my own family's experience that sudden changes either up or down in barometric pressure cause headaches and joint pain. I've also noticed (as we've mentioned on here before) the behavioural changes in people when it's very windy.

  2. I'm sometimes given to fainting, and not always from low blood sugar. (To be sure, I have rarely actually fainted because I usually realise what's going on and can sit down in a safe spot in time.) During the summer, it regularly happens to me that for a day or two, I tire out very quickly and may become faint-prone, then start wondering what's wrong, then stop wondering when I hear that an ozone pollution alert has been issued. So the concept of health weather forecasts makes sense to me.

  3. I did met study in Air cadets for my Advance Glider Training. and i do check the weather condition on different weather sites.and have noticed to the point of getting a extra bottle of O2 when the air quality is bad.

    during SJA duties when are quality is bad we have higher cases of asthma and respiratory problems.

    It may have something to do with the higher level of part per billon of crap that are taken in during these times.

    maybe a reader of this blog could do research on this topic?

  4. I have diabetes, I also have seizures.I can tell you that changes in air pressure due to the weather affects myself and other people I care for.

    If there is a sharp rise in the barometric pressure I will throw a seizure every time. It is the only seizure activity I have that there is more than a few seconds warning.

    I have also notice when the barometric pressure changes rapidly I have trouble with diabetic lows.

    Don't know the connection just know it happens like clock work…

    Maybe I should become a weather person….lol

  5. and another tick for the long-term illness, human barometer list here!Except I've not been ill long enough to be able to give useful information yet – I'm just getting used to the correllation between a change in weather and my impression of Lurch from the Addams Family.

    A woman I used to work with could tell you when it would start and stop raining by her arthritis, she was fantastic. “Don't go to lunch yet, you'll get wet!”

  6. There are quite a few affections that can be triggered by changes in the weather. If the weather gets cold and the humidity increases, respiratory problems, if the pressure drops, heart problems and fainting, and so on. If the weather forecast guy knows these things, he can “predict” them them according to the weather changes.California Drug Treatment

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