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Hypothermia in the aged.
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PMID:  598344     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Body temperature is maintained by a balance between heat production and heat loss. Temperature regulation consequent to exposure to a cold environment appears to be modified in elderly persons. An evaluation of the physiological adjustments made by older individuals is presented. It is apparent that hypothermia can develop in the older population as a consequence of modifications in both behavioral and physiological responses to cold exposure. With the growing awareness of an energy shortage with consequent lower ambient temperatures in homes, there is a need to obtain adequate information as to the physiological capabilities and adaptive potential of elderly individuals to a cold stress.
S M Horvath; R D Rochelle
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental health perspectives     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0091-6765     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Health Perspect.     Publication Date:  1977 Oct 
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Created Date:  1978-03-10     Completed Date:  1978-03-10     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0330411     Medline TA:  Environ Health Perspect     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  127-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cold Temperature
Hypothermia / etiology,  physiopathology*,  therapy
Hypothyroidism / complications
Tryptophan / deficiency
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Journal ID (nlm-ta): Environ Health Perspect
ISSN: 0091-6765
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Print publication date: Month: 10 Year: 1977
Volume: 20First Page: 127 Last Page: 130
ID: 1637335
PubMed Id: 598344

Hypothermia in the aged.
S M Horvath
R D Rochelle

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