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Researchers Study Heat Stress on Farm Workers

posted on August 13, 2004

Researchers expect a four-year study of the effects of intense heat on farm workers will make scorching days in the field safer.

They're studying the early symptoms of heat stress, the best ways to stay hydrated, and how culture or behavior affects workers' risk for illness.

The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute is conducting the study. The Institute is a joint venture of North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and East Carolina University.

Researchers working on eight farms since 2000 have found that crop and soil types, and whether the field has a tree line or pond nearby, are among the factors that influence the temperature in the field.

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