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Sari Kovats      
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Sari Kovats published an article in June 2018.
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Xiaobo Liu

287 shared publications

State Key Laboratory of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China

Robert J. Nicholls

176 shared publications

Coastal Geomorphology, Middlesex University, London, UK

Alistair Woodward

141 shared publications

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Qiyong Liu

77 shared publications

State Key Laboratory for Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control, National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

Rs Kovats

76 shared publications

Department of Social and Environmental Health Research, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SH, UK

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Public health co-benefits of greenhouse gas emissions reduction: A systematic review Jinghong Gao, Sari Kovats, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Paul Wilkins... Published: 01 June 2018
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.193
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Article 0 Reads 16 Citations Haze, public health and mitigation measures in China: A review of the current evidence for further policy response Jinghong Gao, Alistair Woodward, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Sari K... Published: 01 February 2017
Science of The Total Environment, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.231
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Article 4 Reads 5 Citations Promoting protection against a threat that evokes positive affect: The case of heat waves in the United Kingdom. Wändi Bruine De Bruin, Carmen E. Lefevre, Andrea L. Taylor, ... Published: 01 September 2016
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, doi: 10.1037/xap0000083
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Heat waves can cause death, illness, and discomfort, and are expected to become more frequent as a result of climate change. Yet, United Kingdom residents have positive feelings about hot summers that may undermine their willingness to protect themselves against heat. We randomly assigned United Kingdom participants to 1 of 3 intervention strategies intended to promote heat protection, or to a control group. The first strategy aimed to build on the availability heuristic by asking participants to remember high summer temperatures, but it elicited thoughts of pleasantly hot summer weather. The second strategy aimed to build on the affect heuristic by evoking negative affect about summer temperatures, but it evoked thoughts of unpleasantly cold summer weather. The third strategy combined these 2 approaches and succeeded in evoking thoughts of unpleasantly hot summer weather. Across 2 experiments, the third (combined) strategy increased participants' expressed intentions to protect against heat compared with the control group, while performing at least as well as the 2 component strategies. We discuss implications for developing interventions about other "pleasant hazards." (PsycINFO Database Record
Article 1 Read 2 Citations Climate change adaptation in the reorganized UK public health system: a view from local government M. Negev, R.S. Kovats Published: 01 May 2016
Public Health, doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.12.001
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Article 4 Reads 12 Citations Estimating the burden of heat illness in England during the 2013 summer heatwave using syndromic surveillance Sue Smith, Alex J Elliot, Shakoor Hajat, Angie Bone, Sari Ko... Published: 12 February 2016
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, doi: 10.1136/jech-2015-206079
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Background The burden of heat illness on health systems is not well described in the UK. Although the UK generally experiences mild summers, the frequency and intensity of hot weather is likely to increase due to climate change, particularly in Southern England. We investigated the impact of the moderate heatwave in 2013 on primary care and emergency department (ED) visits using syndromic surveillance data in England. Methods General practitioner in hours (GPIH), GP out of hours (GPOOH) and ED syndromic surveillance systems were used to monitor the health impact of heat/sun stroke symptoms (heat illness). Data were stratified by age group and compared between heatwave and non-heatwave years. Incidence rate ratios were calculated for GPIH heat illness consultations. Results GP consultations and ED attendances for heat illness increased during the heatwave period; GPIH consultations increased across all age groups, but the highest rates were in school children and those aged ≥75 years, with the latter persisting beyond the end of the heatwave. Extrapolating to the English population, we estimated that the number of GPIH consultations for heat illness during the whole summer (May to September) 2013 was 1166 (95% CI 1064 to 1268). This was double the rate observed during non-heatwave years. Conclusions These findings support the monitoring of heat illness (symptoms of heat/sun stroke) as part of the Heatwave Plan for England, but also suggest that specifically monitoring heat illness in children, especially those of school age, would provide additional early warning of, and situation awareness during heatwaves.
Article 4 Reads 5 Citations Impact of high ambient temperature on unintentional injuries in high-income countries: a narrative systematic literature... Eveline Otte Im Kampe, Sari Kovats, Shakoor Hajat Published: 11 February 2016
BMJ Open, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010399
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Objectives Given the likelihood of increased hot weather due to climate change, it is crucial to have prevention measures in place to reduce the health burden of high temperatures and heat waves. The aim of this review is to summarise and evaluate the evidence on the effects of summertime weather on unintentional injuries in high-income countries. Design 3 databases (Global Public Health, EMBASE and MEDLINE) were searched by using related keywords and their truncations in the title and , and reference lists of key studies were scanned. Studies reporting heatstroke and intentional injuries were excluded. Results 13 studies met our inclusion criteria. 11 out of 13 studies showed that the risk of unintentional injuries increases with increasing ambient temperatures. On days with moderate temperatures, the increased risk varied between 0.4% and 5.3% for each 1°C increase in ambient temperature. On extreme temperature days, the risk of injuries decreased. 2 out of 3 studies on occupational accidents found an increase in work-related accidents during high temperatures. For trauma hospital admissions, 6 studies reported an increase during hot weather, whereas 1 study found no association. The evidence for impacts on injuries by subgroups such as children, the elderly and drug users was limited and inconsistent. Conclusions The present review describes a broader range of types of unintentional fatal and non-fatal injuries (occupational, trauma hospital admissions, traffic, fire entrapments, poisoning and drug overdose) than has previously been reported. Our review confirms that hot weather can increase the risk of unintentional injuries and accidents in high-income countries. The results are useful for injury prevention strategies.