Medicine: Cooling It

Hot tubs can be too hot

When a neighbor knocked on the front door of Helen and Wesley LaRoza's house in Simi Valley, Calif., outside Los Angeles, he got no answer. Yet he could clearly hear the burbling sounds of water in the fiber-glass and redwood hot tub that had been installed in their backyard. So he knocked again. Finally, when no one responded, he summoned help. The police found the LaRozas floating in the water—dead. Though detectives first suspected a double suicide, the Ventura County medical examiner, Dr. Donald Kornblum, concluded otherwise: "Quite simply, they died of hyperthermia, or heatstroke. The...

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