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Citation

Lõhmus M. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018; 15(7): e15071515.

Affiliation

Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 13, 17177 Solna, Sweden. mare.lohmus.sundstrom@ki.se.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph15071515

PMID

30021956

Abstract

This review provides examples of possible biological mechanisms that could, at least partly, explain the existing epidemiological evidence of heatwave-related exacerbation of mental disease morbidity. The author reviews the complicated central processes involved in the challenge of maintaining a stable body temperature in hot environments, and the maladaptive effects of certain psychiatric medicines on thermoregulation. In addition, the author discusses some alternative mechanisms, such as interrupted functional brain connectivity and the effect of disrupted sleep, which may further increase the vulnerability of mental health patients during heatwaves.


Language: en

Keywords

heatwave; mental health; neuroimaging; sleep; thermoregulation

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