Pediatric Grand Rounds (CME): Wildfires and Climate Change: Their Effects on Children and Pregnancy
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Wildfires and Climate Change: Their Effects on Children and Pregnancy
Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
Naddisy Foundation Professor of Pediatric Food, Allergy, Immunology and Asthma
Professor of Pediatrics
Senior Fellow at The Woods Institute
Professor, By Courtesy, of Otolaryngology and of Epidemiology and Population Health
Climate change is increasing the prevalence of wildfires exposing large populations to smoke from these wildfires. The smoke contains numerous pollutants, including toxins that are released when materials in homes and cars burn. In addition to the acute effects of wildfires, long-term effects mediated by molecular damage, including epigenetic changes, are observed. Children and pregnant women are especially at risk from the health effects of wildfire smoke. Wildfires are expected to increase in intensity and frequency and strategies for wildfire mitigation are urgently needed.
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