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Cold exposure promotes weight loss. Predictably, scores of weight-loss centers now feature cryotherapy chambers that expose people to sub-artic temperatures of -200 degrees Fahrenheit. Proponents of cryotherapy claim that it promotes fat loss, speeds recovery from intense exercise and promotes a deeper sleep. The procedure is not without risks. A woman died at the Cryotherapy Center in Henderson, Nevada after a self-administered cold therapy session. She was an employee at the center and entered the chamber alone after work. The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations closed the center temporarily because they didn’t have proof of a worker’s compensation insurance policy. Cryotherapy is a promising but unproven technique. Presently, it is poorly regulated. (The New York Times, October 28)