[The epidemiology of heat disorders].
ABSTRACT Recently, the number of deaths from heat stroke has been increasing. On the whole, such deaths are more prevalent among males in the age groups of 0 to 4, 15 to 19, 50 to 54, and 80. Such deaths are rare among young females, but its number gradually increases with aging, and peaks in the age group of 80 to 84. Recently, the proportion of people aged 65 or above has significantly increased among those who die from heat stroke. Heat disorders are frequently induced by outdoor sports, such as baseball, mountain-climbing, and long-distance running competitions, although it has reportedly occurred also during indoor sports as well.
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ABSTRACT: The present study aimed to clarify the characteristics of elderly people living in non-air-conditioned homes. A questionnaire survey conducted in Misato city in July 2013 revealed that 96.1 % of elderly individuals lived in air-conditioned homes. Elderly individuals living without air conditioners tended to be men, and those who were unmarried, living alone, or living in an apartment. The results suggest that most elderly individuals without air conditioners lived in multi-unit apartments.Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine 11/2014; 20(1). DOI:10.1007/s12199-014-0426-2