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- Many individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have a heat sensitivity and many symptoms are exacerbated by
- temperatures above 80-85 degrees. Like torn or frayed electrical insulation, the myelin sheath on an MS patient's nerves is damaged and does not conduct
- nerve impluses properly when heated.
- When nerve impulses cannot travel efficiently, patients may have mobility issues and other symptoms, including extreme fatigue.
- The dangers of heat intolerance may also include a temporary decrease in balance, strength, sensation, or vision,
- which could lead to falls and other problems.
- Also, there is a correlation between low vitamin D and the risk of MS and MS-related lesions.
- Those living above the 37 parallel are at a higher risk for MS and it is believed this is due
- to lack of adequate sunlight.
- For my API Capstone APP, a user first agrees to share their location and a geotracker obtains their coordinates and then feeds coordinates into
- DARKSKY (weather) and MapQuest Places API. The user is then gven specific feedback for outdoor time depending on the weather and location.
- If a user resides above the 37 parallel, they are given recommendations to spend more time outdoors to synthesize adequate vitamin D.
- Additionally, if the weather forecast is above 80 F, the user is given a cautionary message about temp and heat related issues.
- Depending on their individual feedback, a map will slide up with either indoor places of interest (if it is too hot)
- or outdoor places of interest (if temp permits).
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