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Physical signs of dehydration in the elderly

Shimizu M, Kinoshita K, Hattori K, Ota Y, Kanai T, Kobayashi H, Tokuda Y.Intern Med (Tokyo) 2012;51(10):1207-10. It is widely recognised that dehydration is a common condition in the elderly and that it is a frequent cause of hospitalization among older people, in spite of efforts by caregivers to prevent its development. Successful prevention strategies will require […]

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Effects of Climate and Environment on water needs

Article by Hans Braun EHI Science Advisory Board member. German Sport University Cologne and German Research Centre of Elite Sport.

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Hydration & Diet

Article by Maria Kapsokefalou, EHI Science Advisory Board member and Associate Professor in Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Technology, Agricultural University of Athens.

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What is meant by thirst and why do we not feel the drive to drink when we are physiologically thirsty

Article by Professor Simon Thornton Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France. Written: December 2012 Download (PDF, 314KB)  

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Urine specific gravity as a predictor of early neurological deterioration in acute ischemic stroke

Lin LC, WC Fann, MH Chou, HW Chen, YC Su, JC Chen. Medical Hypotheses (2011) 77, 11-14. The authors of this paper have previously suggested that dehydration may be a cause of early deterioration in patients who have suffered an acute ischaemic stroke. This was based on measurement of the blood urea nitrogen/creatinine (BUN/Cr) ratio: they found […]

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Using near real-time morbidity data to identify heat-related illness prevention strategies in North Carolina

Rhea S, A Ising, AT Fleischauer, L Deyneka, H Vaughan-Batten, A Waller.J Community Health 2012;37:495–500 Many studies over the last 20 years or so have shown large increases in morbidity and mortality during heat waves. Warnings of the potential dangers would allow action to be taken: those at risk can seek cooler environments and increase […]

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Oral motor performance in spastic cerebral palsy individuals: Are hydration and nutritional status associated?

Santos MT, R Batista, E Previtali, A Ortega, O Nascimento, J Jardim. J Oral Pathol Med 2012; 41:153-7 When we give advice on assessment and maintenance of hydration, we are usually mindful of the barriers to maintenance of good hydration status. However, it is easy to forget that some individuals face specific challenges. Some individuals with neurological or […]

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Thirst in the elderly with and without heart failure

Waldreus N, Sjostrand F, Hahn. RG ARCHIVES OF GERONTOLOGY AND GERIATRICS Volume: 53 Issue: 2 Pages: 174-178 DOI: 10.1016/j.archger.2010.10.003 Published: SEP-OCT 2011 It is well known that the sensation of thirst is generally reduced in older adults, with one of the consequences being a tendency for fluid intake to be reduced. This can be problematic, […]

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