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Linking Energy Levels in the Circadian Core Body Temperature Cycle to Human Health and Well-Being

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Kaufui Vincent Wong

Department of Mechanical and
Aerospace Engineering,
University of Miami,
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received November 26, 2014; final manuscript received January 5, 2015; published online April 8, 2015. Editor: Hameed Metghalchi.

J. Energy Resour. Technol 137(4), 044702 (Jul 01, 2015) (3 pages) Paper No: JERT-14-1388; doi: 10.1115/1.4029737 History: Received November 26, 2014; Revised January 05, 2015; Online April 08, 2015

The body core temperature is a measure of the health and well-being of a person. This temperature seldom varies from the average of 37 °C (98.6 °F) and has been used to gage a person’s wellness at any time. The current work reviews the published health and medical works about this topic, focusing on the effects of hypothermia, especially with respect to neurological issues. The controversy still exists, and the jury is out. A heat transfer researcher’s insight foresees the possible results and calls for more research in the field. In addition, a perspective is provided for a couple of traditional “truths” about related topics that have been challenged in recent times.

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