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Can an antipyretic (I.e. Aspirin) lower normal body temperature?

It is not possible. The regulation of human body temperature (thermoregulation) is very subtle. Wikipedia article about thermoregulation contains a very nice graph about that mechanism. The labels ...
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What exactly is fever?

Fever can be a result of many processes. In context of infectious diseases, the fever is triggered by substances released by the immune cells (substances such as interleukin-1 and -6). Also, pyrexia ...
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Dealing with heat strokes

For starters, make sure you or someone close by is calling for an ambulance, because you need that more advanced help started in your direction ASAP. Get the person out of the heat, into air ...
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Can an antipyretic (I.e. Aspirin) lower normal body temperature?

Kudos for finding that study on mice! I also googled a bit for references.. From "Physiology Secrets" (page 315) by Hershel Raff, published in 2003: Furthermore, in one other source the ...
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Does drinking water more than 10 liters per day has any benefit or side effect?

Drinking the appropriate amount of water is okay, but when it becomes excessive, then it could lead to some dangerous circumstances. The appropriate amount of water varies according to lifestyle. ...
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Can one's body temperature affect the quality of his/her sleep?

Yes. Body temperature drops at night almost 2 degrees fahrenheit. Cranial cooling has been showing to lead to deeper sleep and help insomniacs. Higher body temperatures during sleep are associated ...
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Can you thermoregulate a fever externally with e.g. an ice bath?

In "A Journal of the Plague Year", Daniel Defoe writes of a febrile patient who cures himself of the plague by swimming in a river: I heard of one infected creature who, running out of his bed in ...
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Does "Hot soup on a hot day keep you cool"?

Surprisingly when I was looking this up, I figured out it was true. Due to recent research, the below was realised. When we’re hot, we naturally cool our bodies primarily by sweating, or more ...
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What is the coldest temperature a person could live in continuously?

There are just too many factors to give an easy clean answer to this question. To limit the problem, lets assume the individual is wearing 1 CLO of clothing in still dry air. Further, lets assume that ...
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Can a healthy baby / new born be carried longer when the weather is hot if carried skin to skin against its father's chest?

Your GP clearly has no understanding of Physics, nor of Anthropology. Firstly as the other answer points out, millions of people carry their babies like this in tropical climates and have done for ...
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Is going to sleeping with socks beneficial or detrimental?

First, some anecdotal evidence: Whenever I slept in cold environments (cold room, camping), the feet were usually the first that got cold to the point I was not able to sleep. An obvious solution was ...
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Is it ineffective to drink cold water to cool down when you are warm?

This is an interesting question and I will take the bait. Using the definition from here, and considering 2000 grams (2l) of water at about 0 degrees Celsius which the body must heat to about 37 ...
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What is considered moderate when referring to (sub)acute hypertension, hyperthermia and tachycardia?

"Moderate" and "modest" are just descriptive adjectives. They don't have any quantitative meaning, and I'm not aware of any effort to standardize their meaning for these sorts of ...
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Average temperature of blood versus core body temperature

1) Where are you measuring the temperature for the "blood" temperature versus "core" temperature? Blood is used, as you have mentioned, to transmit excess heat to superficial capillary beds, but in ...
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Can a healthy baby / new born be carried longer when the weather is hot if carried skin to skin against its father's chest?

This is basically a physics question, actually. Let's assume father and infant both start out at 37C core temperatures. The baby is placed against father's chest. Due to their size differences, ...
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My son doesn't feel cold

Body temperature actually does not vary a lot between individuals contrary to Lakshmi's answer unless you have a fever. More information is needed to answer the question. Age, body weight / height and ...
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