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    Dangers of working in cold temperatures

    Published on February 10, 2016 By Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, medical director, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

    Now that winter is fully upon us, it may be worthwhile to review some of the problems associated with working in cold environments. A cold environment can produce a number of medical problems that fall under the category of “cold stress.” This can affect those working in freezing or near freezing temperatures, either outside or inside in unheated spaces. The most life-threatening cold stress injury is hypothermia. Hypothermia is the fall in body temperature that affects all body systems, especially the brain where it lowers the ability to react and think clearly to avoid danger....

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