Launches Weather Health Warnings for Americans

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New free weather website offers Migraine, Arthritis, Asthma, Diabetes and Heart Disease sufferers relief with North America's only Medical Climate (MediClim) health warning Forecasts.

The U.S. launch of is captivating the medical community and meteorologists, and more importantly bringing relief to Americans who suffer from chronic health problems such as migraines, asthma, arthritis, diabetes and heart conditions. tracks weather patterns, identifies when conditions are more likely to affect health and alerts subscribers with an email the day before potential weather health risks. It is the only health-weather forecast in North America and it's free; users simply sign-up with an email and zip code (to localize weather warnings).

Founded by physician Dr. John Bart and senior career meteorologist Denis Bourque, this free service gives warnings via custom email alerts when health problems are likely to be aggravated by local weather conditions.

Over the past 25 years Dr. Bart and Mr. Bourque have collaborated on what is the most robust online weather health link in the world. "Our goal is to improve the lives of people with chronic or re-occuring illnesses by warning them when weather may compound their pain," says Dr. Bart. "It is our hope that armed with this knowledge; people may heed their doctor's advice more carefully during a weather alert to minimize any impact. For example migraine sufferers could plan a shorter work day when a MediClim email warns that tomorrow's weather may worsen their condition."

Backed by decades of European research that supports the weather health theory such as studies completed by the International Society of Biometeorology, Bart and Bourque have developed an index that maps specific weather conditions known to trigger health issues. The results of their research have culminated in 14 distinct categories of weather known to affect health.

"We're at the tip of the iceberg in terms of the weather health relationship," says Mr. Bourque. "There are already plans underway to expand the range of health matters MediClim will warn against. We believe this Medical Climate index could be as important as the U.V. index, smog advisories and other mainstream weather forecasting tools."

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