|Cuba to Monitor Solar Influence on Human Diseases
2012.08.16 - 11:46:30 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HAVANA, Cuba.- A modern station to monitor solar electromagnetic waves influencing on general biological processes, known as Schumann Resonance, is currently being set up at Havana’s Geophysics and Astronomy Institute (IGA).
IGA specialist Pablo Sierra told Granma newspaper that the station will collect useful information to study the effects of some solar phenomena on human health, and it will also contribute to predict big quakes and global climate change.
The project is part of a cooperation program between Cuba’s IGA and the Geophysics Institute of Mexico’s Autonomous University, which aims at undertaking studies of neurological conditions that could be linked to a flow of high-energy particles coming from the sun during its very active stages. This factor leads to the so-called geomagnetic storms.
According to engineer Sierra, the IGA implemented a project during the past decade, in cooperation with the Public Health Ministry, to consider morbidity levels of acute myocardial infarction and its links to such phenomena.
The results of that study revealed that the proportion of heart attacks was higher a day after the peak of the geomagnetic phenomenon in the cases of persons over 65 years of age. The heart attack morbidity curve stabilized 72 hours after the peak took place, the expert noted.
Scientists have not yet found a definitive answer to the influence of that factor on the increase of such cardiovascular diseases under active solar activity. This fact reveals the need to further research studies, said the specialist.