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Doctors will see more of the health effects of climate change in practice

April 30, 2021

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Damle N. Climate change and its effects on health. Presented at: ACP Internal Medicine Meeting; April 29 – May 1, 2021 (virtual meeting).

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Damle does not report any relevant financial information.

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In this video, Nitin Damle, MD, MS, MACP, Former ACP President discusses the highlights of his presentation at the ACP Internal Medicine Department’s virtual meeting on the health impacts of climate change.

“Climate change is real. It is here. It’s now, ”said Damle, who is also a clinical professor of medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University and an internist in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

According to Damle, doctors in primary care, in emergency rooms and in urgent cases will see more and more patients with climate-related illnesses. Some of these health effects include heat exhaustion from heat waves; COPD and asthma exacerbations from air pollution; an increase in tick, mosquito, and waterborne diseases; Food insecurity; Mass migration; and the psychological effects of severe weather events.

Doctors play an “important role” in mitigating the health effects of climate change, Damle said. He encouraged doctors to voice their concerns to lawmakers and the public.

“We are really role models for society,” he said. “What we say is important.”

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