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Health Tip: Beat by the Summer Heat

Who's at greater risk of heat-related illness

(HealthDay News) - Soaring temperatures and high humidity can lead to heat-related ills, including heat stroke.

Some people are at greater risk, the U.S. National Safety Council says. They include:

  • Babies and young children, the elderly, and pets.
  • People who have a chronic illness, including heart problems and circulatory conditions.
  • People who must work outdoors in the sun.
  • Athletes who practice or play outdoors, or people who are just starting an outdoor exercise program.
  • People who abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Anyone taking medications that affect sweat production.
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