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【學術演講】2017/1/9(一) 12:10 郭炤裕老師─Why care about the Chinese New Year and Lunar Ghost Month? It's the temperature impact on mortality that matters!
時間:106年1月9日 (一) 12:10 – 13:00
地點:醫學二館221室
主講人:郭炤裕老師
題目:Why care about the Chinese New Year and Lunar Ghost Month? It's the temperature impact on mortality that matters!
 
摘要:
 
The Chinese New Year usually falls in February and the Lunar Ghost Month comes in the summer. It may be a mystery for western countries why the Chinese society celebrates the New Year on a different day and the ghost month sounds superstitious. However, this interdisciplinary research unveils the ancient Chinese wisdom of accommodating weather and climate changes. Statistical analyses of the longitudinal climate, air quality and mortality data collected from six cities in Taiwan discovered the pattern of associations between mortality and major Chinese holidays due to annual temperature variations. The results explain why the Chinese congratulates each other after the New Year’s Eve, since the peak of mortality, introduced by the low temperature, has passed. In addition, a scaring ghost story in July and August helps to prevent outdoor activities and avoid the second attack of the high temperature. In contrast, during the safest spring and fall seasons, two national holidays encourage outside social behaviors. Nevertheless, it is surprising to see such phenomenon in modern cities with air conditioning and heating systems. After time refines, the Chinese traditions remain scientifically beneficial for health outcomes and the hospital workforce may need reinforced deployments due to temperature impact.
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