Brrr! On Jan. 20, 1985, Chicagoans shivered in the city's coldest recorded temperature: minus 27 degrees — with a whipping wind chill factor of minus 83 degrees.
Shivering in the cold burns about 400 calories an hour.
Doctors at Rush employ therapeutic hypothermia — controlled cooling of the body — to treat patients with cardiac arrest, stroke and brain injury.
Wearing inadequate footwear and exposing tootsies to frigid temperatures can lead to conditions such as frostbite and trench foot.
Keeping organs in a hypothermic state — or cold storage — is one preservation method before transplantation. Depending on the organ, it can remain in cold storage for two to 48 hours.
Mom was right: You do need a hat. In freezing cold weather, you lose about 50 percent of your body heat from your head.
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