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Hyperthermia is the elevation of body temperature beyond normal ranges. While hyperthermia can refer to a life-threatening complication[1], intentional hyperthermia has been studied for his possible benefits for the immune system, cardiovascular system, as a cancer adjuvant, and for increasing physical endurance.

Types of hyperthermia[edit | edit source]

Body temperature can be raised endogenously, such as through a fever. Sauna, hot baths, and exercise also raise body temperature.

Physiological effects[edit | edit source]

Immune system[edit | edit source]

Cardiovascular system[edit | edit source]

Possible health benefits[edit | edit source]

As a cancer adjuvant[edit | edit source]

There have been numerous in vitro and in vivo studies demonstrating the potential of mild hyperthermia to sensitize cancerous tumorous to chemotherapy and radiation.[2]

In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[edit | edit source]

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Resources[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia - Hyperthermia
  2. Peer, Adrienne J.; Grimm, Melissa J.; Zynda, Evan R.; Repasky, Elizabeth A. (Mar 1, 2010), "Diverse immune mechanisms may contribute to the survival benefit seen in cancer patients receiving hyperthermia", Immunologic Research, 46 (1-3): 137–154, doi:10.1007/s12026-009-8115-8, ISSN 0257-277X, retrieved Nov 9, 2016 

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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