Day: October 11, 2021

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Kaiser Permanente workers give union OK to strike

Members of two labor unions representing more than 24,400 Kaiser Permanente employees in southern California and Oregon have voted to allow their bargaining teams to call a strike, if needed.

The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals’ and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals’ votes comes after the unions’ contracts with the integrated health system expired at the end of September. At both unions, 96% were in favor of authorizing strikes. The labor groups announced the voting results Monday.

The Oakland-based not-for-profit integrated system offered a 1% across-the-board raise for union workers and a two-tiered pay scale that would reduce compensation for new hires compared to current employees starting in 2023, which the unions oppose. The company’s proposal includes wage increases for all current employees, no changes to the retirement plan and guarantees no wage cuts for existing workers, the company said.

Kaiser Permanente is

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Winter-swimming Scandinavian men can teach us how the body adapts to extreme heat and cold

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The Scandinavian winter swimming culture combines brief dips in cold water with hot sauna sessions—and now, a study of young men who participate regularly in these polar plunges finds that winter swimming may allow the body to adapt to extreme temperatures. The findings, publishing October 11 in the journal Cell Reports Medicine, suggest that routinely alternating swims or dips in chilly water with sauna sessions might affect how brown fat, also known as brown adipose tissue (BAT), burns energy and produces heat.

“Our data underscore that BAT in adult humans is part of the collective body temperature regulation system in collaboration with skeletal muscle and blood flow,” says senior study author Camilla Scheele of the University of Copenhagen. “Regular swimming combining cold dips with hot sauna might be a strategy to increase energy expenditure, which could result in if compensatory increase in

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