Surprising Link Discovered Between Body Temperature and Depression

A UC San Francisco study shows a correlation between depression and higher body temperatures, hinting at new treatment methods through temperature regulation. With data from over 20,000 global participants, this research suggests that heat-based treatments could offer benefits for those with depression. Credit:

New study may support heat-based treatment to stimulate self-cooling as new treatment.

People with depression have higher body temperatures, suggesting there could be a mental health benefit to lowering the temperatures of those with the disorder, a new UC San Francisco-led study found.

The study, published on February 5 in This effort was funded under MTEC solicitation MTEC-20-12-Diagnostics-023 and the USAMRDC under the Department of Defense (DOD). The #StartSmall foundation (#7029991) and Oura Health Oy (#134650) also provided funding for this work. The views and conclusions contained herein are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies or endorsements, either expressed or implied, of the U.S. Government.

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