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FDA Cold On Freezing Treatments

Law360, New York (July 7, 2016, 7:33 PM EDT) -- A short stint in freezing temperatures has not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat medical conditions ranging from rheumatoid arthritis to Alzheimer’s, despite claims otherwise, the agency said recently. 

The FDA said Tuesday it has no evidence that the purported treatment, called whole body cryotherapy, effectively and safely treats multiple sclerosis, depression and other diseases and can spur weight loss, contrary to claims by numerous spas and wellness centers. Nor has the regulator cleared or approved a single cryotherapy device, the FDA said.

Cryotherapy proponents also often claim that the treatment can improve blood circulation, boost...

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