Stressing out the body may help chronic inflammation

  • by: Melissa Healy , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: May 9, 2014 - 9:57 PM

The video of young Dutch adults lying barefoot and bare-chested in the snow, swimming in frozen ponds, and purposely hyperventilating looks more like “Jackass” than biomedical research. But the findings emerging from their efforts may suggest new treatments for millions of Americans suffering from autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.

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