Thinking skills may suffer on hot days

(Reuters Health) – Heat waves can sap productivity by slowing down thinking, even in the young and healthy, a small study suggests.

Harvard researchers found that during a summer heat wave, students living in dorms without air conditioning consistently scored lower on daily cognitive tests over the course of nearly a week than students in buildings with AC.

“For the first time, we’ve been able to find a detrimental effect of heat waves in young healthy adults,” said lead author Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent, a research fellow and associate director of the Healthy Buildings Program…

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