Global Warming and Childhood Ear Infections
Miller, M.E., Shapiro, N.L. and Bhattacharyya, N. 2012. Annual temperature and the prevalence of frequent ear infections in childhood. American Journal of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery 33: 51-55.
The three researchers, who hail, respectively, from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, report that the regression analysis found that (1) "annual temperature did not influence the prevalence of frequent otitis media," (2) "annual temperature did not influence prevalence of respiratory allergy," and (3) "annual temperature and sex did not influence seizure prevalence."
Miller et al. conclude that their negative findings "may demonstrate that average temperature is not likely to be the dominant cause of the increase in allergy burden or that larger changes in temperatures over a longer period are needed to observe this association." Therefore, their final words on the subject are that "in the absence of more dramatic annual temperature changes, we do not expect prevalence of otitis media to change significantly as global warming may continue to affect our environment."