Biometeorology may sound like a niche mania for the weather-obsessed. But two Canadians have plumbed the field to launch a consumer health Web site.
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The architects behind MediClim.com, physician John Bart and meteorologist Denis Bourque, cite research in the field by a European pioneer as the foundation for their index of 14 weather categories that could affect those with asthma, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease or migraines. The duo, partners since the mid-1980s, have doggedly pursued their interest in the links between weather and health over the past two decades and unveiled their free subscription service in late 2008, according to the Web site. Users plug in their illness of interest and ZIP code to receive alerts when conditions, such as barometric pressure or temperature, turn unfavorable. That is, as long as the forecast holds.
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