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New Disaster Topic Page from NLM: Droughts and Health

Posted by on August 10th, 2012 Posted in: Announcements, Consumer Health, Emergency Preparedness and Response, NLM Resources, Public Health

A new disaster topic page on Droughts and Health has been compiled by the National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management Research Center. The page focuses primarily on human health effects of drought conditions as experienced in the United States. It is intended to grow as new materials become available on this topic. Health effects in the United States have historically included (or are speculated to include):

  • Changes to water quality, especially private wells, with potential for increased waterborne disease
  • Changes to air quality, including increased dust and particulates, with potential for increased respiratory distress
  • Poorer personal hygiene due to decreased water availability
  • Food crop or food processing contamination from use of recycled water
  • Increased suicide rate (higher than national average) among farm families affected by drought-related economic concerns

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012341 with the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.

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