NEW YORK - A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology indicates that the use of air conditioning can reduce the rate of hospitalization for multiple illnesses.

Researchers looked at the association between temperature and hospital admissions in California. They also studied whether the use of air conditioning reduced this association. With a 10°F increase in temperature, the researchers saw increased risk of hospitalization for such illnesses as heart disease, heat stroke, pneumonia, and respiratory disease. The use of air conditioning, however, was found to reduce the effects of temperature on health and reduce hospitalizations.

For more information and access to the complete journal article, go to http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/09/09/aje.kwq231.abstract.

Publication date: 10/11/2010