alan barreca study in bt: hot temperatures could be linked to early birth – study

Alan Barreca Study in BT: Hot Temperatures Could be Linked to Early Birth – Study

Shorter gestational periods have been linked to negative health and cognitive outcomes later in life.  The authors, Dr Alan Barreca from UCLA, and Dr Jessamyn Schaller of the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Massachusetts, write: “We find that extreme heat causes an increase in deliveries on the day of exposure and on the following day and show that the additional births were accelerated by up to two weeks.”