Rub-a-dub-dub, 30,000 men studied in a tub

A good soak in a hot tub is a ritual enjoyed by many. But could it do more for the body than relaxing muscles and cleansing? 

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In 2015, a Finnish study showed that frequent sauna bathing, which is ingrained in Scandinavian culture, was associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, coronary heart disease and CVD generally.

Researchers have wondered whether a similar beneficial effect could be associated with the Japanese habit of tub bathing, where individuals are immersed in steaming hot water to shoulder height.

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