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Cutting the Cost of Cold: Affordable Warmth for Healthier Homes

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7286.620/a (Published 10 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:620
  1. Jonathan M Samet, professor
  1. Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA

    Eds Fergus Nicol, Janet Rudge


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    Spon Press, £35, pp 288 ISBN 0 419 25050 6

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    Remarkably, even as we complete the sequencing of the human genome, we have only a limited understanding of how the quality of the home environment affects health. Cutting the Cost of Cold considers aspects of this environment, focusing on temperature, humidity, and biological agents, for which evidence about effects on health is remarkably deficient.

    We cannot specify the optimum indoor temperature and humidity, particularly for infants, children, …

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