sauna

Now that winter has hit the northern hemisphere, our thoughts often focus on ways to keep warm. Well, not only can a nice, sweaty sauna do the trick, but according to a recent study repeated saunas may just help fend off dementia — at least for middle-aged men.

Dr. Tanjaniina Laukkanen from the University of Eastern Finland and colleagues followed the health of over 2300 middle-aged men (42-60 years old at baseline) for over 20 years. They analyzed possible associations between the frequency with which the men used saunas and the risk of their developing Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.

Sauna is a Finnish word that...

Okay, folks, we've seen this before in various forms, and now we're experiencing it once again. It has all the right buzzwords from devotees, like "detoxify" and "rejuvenation" and "cleansing," and a celebrity set hopping on board. That means it's time for the level-headed among us to tap their inner skepticism before the purveyors of cool have us all bamboozled and reaching for our wallets.

This time the miracle cure talk involves saunas, or more precisely, a "better, healthier" way to sauna that aids sleep, clears skin and provides improved stress relief. Hollywood's fit and fabulous say that instead of being heated from the outside you can be cooked from within -- sort of.

Say hello to the infrared sauna, coming to an overpriced salon near you. And then say goodbye (...

thIn 1984, Tanjaniina Laukkanen, MSc from the University of Eastern Finland and colleagues from Emory University and Catholic University in Rome, Italy, began a study of the relationship between the use of saunas and the risk of death from heart-related causes.

The researchers first determined the frequency and duration of sauna use by a cohort of about 2300 men aged from 42 to 60 years. They followed the health of the men for an average of about 21 years, focusing on heart-related causes of death sudden cardiac death (SCD),...