Expansive New Study Assesses Potential Health Impacts of Wind Turbine Noise

In 2014 I wrote a feature for Environmental Health Perspectives on potential health effects associated with exposure to wind-turbine noise.

Five years later I return to the subject with a long news story on the findings of a large-scale longitudinal study out of Denmark, the most comprehensive of its kind to date. The study spawned a number of papers that were ultimately published in multiple journals. Two of them ran in EHP: one investigating associations between turbine noise at home and prescriptions for sleep medication and antidepressants, and another looking at risk of stroke and heart attack.

Short answer: the researchers did find an association between noise levels and likelihood of filling a prescription for sleep meds, and a slight increase in risk of heart attack. Read the full story here.


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