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Tuesday 21:00-21:30
Repeat Wednesday 16:30
Dr Mark Porter gives listeners the low-down on what the medical profession does and doesn't know. Each week an expert in the studio tackles a particular topic and there are reports from around the UK on the health of the nation - and the NHS.
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Body Temperature

Dr Mark Porter examines what happens to our health when our body temperature strays from the normal. His guest in the studio is Professor of Physiology, William Keatinge, from the Royal Free Hospital.

The normal range for human body temperature – as measured using a thermometer in the mouth first thing in the morning – is between 36.3 and 37.1 degrees Celsius, 97.3 – 98.8 degrees Fahrenheit. 

When we have an infection we often get a fever.  Mark visits Dr Anthony Harnden in his busy GP surgery in Oxfordshire to discuss how to treat children with high temperatures.  There's some evidence that although giving a drug like paracetamol or ibuprofen will make a child feel more comfortable it could prolong the infection. Dr Harnden also talks about how his research team is developing a chart to help doctors work out when a high temperature is a sign of a serious disease, such as meningitis.

People with Raynaud's disease get extremely painful extremities when there is a drop in the temperature.  The blood supply to their fingers and toes is interrupted and their skin turns white, then blue or red. Claudia Hammond discovers the latest treatments for Raynaud's at Dr Chris Denton's clinic at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Whenever there is a cold snap there are reports of hypothermia amongst the elderley. Dr Paul Wilkinson, an environmental epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains why the cold leads to an increase in the number of deaths. And Rebecca Neno, of Thames Valley University, talks about how to recognise the signs of hypothermia and how to treat it.
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