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Latest Thermoregulation Stories

2010-04-15 09:00:00

WATERTOWN, Mass., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study published by the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, "The utilization of TA thermometry offers a reliable method to measure temperature while also offering significant comfort benefits to children, decreasing risks associated with the rectal thermometry method, improving the quality and efficiency of nursing care, and improving patient and family satisfaction."(i) In the analysis comparing temporal artery and rectal...

2010-03-31 13:10:30

How birds from different populations react to infections in their natural environment As anyone who has suffered from a cold or flu knows, a high temperature is an unpleasant but important side effect of the body's immune reaction when fighting off pathogens. Laboratory studies, in which the immune responses of animals could be observed in detail, have shown that these responses display significant variations. Why doesn't every organism defend its body at the maximum possible level of...

2010-03-02 12:51:21

In newborn mice, at least, mother's milk appears to have some rather immediate and potentially far-reaching metabolic consequences. The milk intake kick-starts the liver to produce a molecule that then turns on heat-generating brown fat. "A key phenomenon required after birth is to adapt the body to a lower environmental temperature with respect to that experienced when the fetus is inside the mother's womb," said Francesc Villarroya of the University of Barcelona. "We find that a key...

2010-02-11 10:46:33

New study shows wild female bats' temperature regulation strategy is flexible In order to regulate their body temperature as efficiently as possible, wild female bats switch between two strategies depending on both the ambient temperature and their reproductive status. During pregnancy and lactation, they profit energetically from clustering when temperatures drop. Once they have finished lactating, they use torpor* to a greater extent, to slow their metabolic rate and drop their body...

2010-01-04 23:01:00

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and Elsevier's journal Resuscitation chose a randomized controlled study demonstrating a trend toward faster cooling and better control with Medivance's Arctic Sun® Temperature Management System as its featured "Article of the Month." The article chosen for December 2009 and published in the January 2010 edition is entitled, "A randomized controlled trial comparing the Arctic Sun to...

2009-11-25 15:15:00

The mammalian system for controlling bone remodelling also regulates fever The so-called RANK protein and the molecule that binds to it, the RANK ligand or RANKL, form a focus of the work of Josef Penninger, director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology (IMBA) in Vienna. In 1999 his group deleted the RANKL gene from mice and showed that the RANK/RANKL system was the "master regulator" governing bone loss (Kong et al. 1999 Nature 402, 304-309). The work provided the fist genetic proof...

2009-11-19 19:34:01

The findings suggest new perspective on diabetes, metabolism and weight control A team led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a direct link between insulin"”a hormone long associated with metabolism and metabolic disorders such as diabetes"”and core body temperature. While much research has been conducted on insulin since its discovery in the 1920s, this is the first time the hormone has been connected to the fundamental process of temperature...

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2009-10-28 13:10:00

Scientists have discovered that one species of starfish has a remarkable strategy to avoid overheating in the sun, BBC News reported. Experts say the ochre starfish or sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) pumps itself up with cold seawater to lower its body temperature when exposed to the sun at low tide, something scientists say is equivalent to a person drinking seven liters of water before heading into the midday sun. But the researchers warn that global climate change may drastically interfere...

2009-09-11 13:28:13

Marathon runners are famed for pasta packing in the days before a big run but when tiny passerine birds set out on their epic migrations, the distances are too great to cover on the energy reserves with which they embark. MichaÃ…“š Wojciechowski and Berry Pinshow explain that most birds stop off en route to their destination to refuel. One of the Eurasian blackcaps' preferred refueling stops is Midreshet Ben-Gurion, Israel, where the birds fill up on fruit and insects...

2009-08-10 12:21:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health Secretary Everette James today reminded all Pennsylvanians to take necessary precautions to remain healthy and safe in extremely hot weather. "Many people do not understand just how dangerous hot weather can be. It's important to know what actions can be taken to prevent heat-related illness or death," said Secretary James. "The elderly, young children under the age of four, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are...