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Temperature affects hospital admission figures, says research

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A 5°C rise in temperature leads to a 10 per cent increase in children admitted to hospital with serious injuries, a study has found.

The research, published online in the Emergency Medicine Journal, also found an increase in adult admissions of 3.2 per cent when the temperature dropped by 5°C.

The presence of snow increased adult admissions by 7 per cent. Researchers from Warwick Medical School analysed admissions data from 21 hospitals over a year, cross referencing information from almost 60,000 patients with Met Office data.

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