Boil­ing-wa­ter chal­lenge bad idea

The Times-Tribune - - HEALTH&SCIENCE -

The ex­treme cold two weeks ago ac­ti­vated the sci­ence ex­per­i­ment gene in a num­ber of people, re­sult­ing in in­juries for those who tried the “boil­ing-wa­ter chal­lenge.”

The chal­lenge was to fling boil­ing wa­ter in the air and watch it turn into frozen va­por. The burn cen­ter at Loy­ola Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter in the Chicago sub­urb of Maywood re­ported it treated eight people who at­tempted the ex­er­cise. The pa­tients treated ranged in age from 3 to 53 years.

Loy­ola burn sur­geon Dr. Arthur San­ford warned that “there is no safe way to do” the chal­lenge.

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