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The Dangers of Vaping: What We Know – Rolling Stone

The Dangers of Vaping: What We Know – Rolling Stone

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When vaping became mainstream a little over a decade ago, it was initially marketed as a healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes, or a way to help wean yourself off nicotine gradually. But in reality, it’s a lot more complicated than that.  On Friday, August 23rd, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first death following an outbreak of severe lung disease in those who use e-cigarette or vaping devices. According to CDC Director Dr. Robert R. Redfield, this reinforces the serious health risks associated with e-cigarette products — as well as how much is still unknown. “Vaping exposes users to many different substances for which we have little information about related harms – including flavorings, nicotine, cannabinoids, and s
Teens Exposed to 'Secondhand' Vaping Fumes – WebMD

Teens Exposed to 'Secondhand' Vaping Fumes – WebMD

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The danger to teenagers' lungs from e-cigarettes isn't only occurring in those who vape: A new report finds many young bystanders are breathing in "secondhand" fumes. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Youth Tobacco Survey, and found that about one-third of middle and high school students were exposed to vaping aerosols in 2018. That's an increase of about 30% above the prevalence between 2015 and 2017, when about one in every four kids breathed in secondhand vaping fumes. The trend is "concerning," because a number of possibly hazardous chemicals are released by e-cigarettes, said study corresponding author Andy Tan. Those chemicals include nicotine, heavy metals, aldehydes, glycerin and flavoring subs...
More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year as people ditch the cigs – Medical Xpress

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year as people ditch the cigs – Medical Xpress

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<div data-thumb="https://scx1.b-cdn.net/csz/news/tmb/2019/morethanabil.jpg" data-src="https://scx2.b-cdn.net/gfx/news/2019/morethanabil.jpg" data-sub-html="Comparison of Trends in Self-Reported Cigarette Consumption and Sales in England, 2011 to 2018. Credit: JAMA Network Open. 2019. DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10161"> Comparison of Trends in Self-Reported Cigarette Consumption and Sales in England, 2011 to 2018. Credit: JAMA Network Open. 2019. DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.10161 Around 1.4 billion fewer cigarettes are being smoked every year according to new research funded by Cancer Research UK, published today in JAMA Network Open. ...
“We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination status – Ars Technica

“We’re embarrassed”: US is close to losing measles-elimination status – Ars Technica

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Paramount/CBS There’s a “reasonable chance” that the US will soon lose its status as a country that has eliminated measles. That’s according to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization considers a disease eliminated from a country or region if it has gone at least 12 months without continuous spread of said disease. (This is different from disease eradication, which is when a disease is completely stamped out globally. Humans have only managed to eradicate two diseases: smallpox and rinderpest, which infects cattle and other ruminants.) The US triumphantly declared measles eliminated in 2000—after spending decades tenaciously working
Mysterious vaping lung injuries may have flown under regulatory radar – NBC News

Mysterious vaping lung injuries may have flown under regulatory radar – NBC News

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It was the arrival of the second man in his early 20s gasping for air that alarmed Dr. Dixie Harris. Young patients rarely get so sick, so fast, with a severe lung illness, and this was her second case in a matter of days.Then she saw three more patients at her Utah telehealth clinic with similar symptoms. They did not have infections, but all had been vaping. When Harris heard several teenagers in Wisconsin had been hospitalized in similar cases, she quickly alerted her state health department.As patients in hospitals across the country combat a mysterious illness linked to e-cigarettes, federal and state investigators are frantically trying to trace the outbreaks to specific vaping products that, until recently, were virtually unregulated.Aug. 23, 201901:10As of Aug. 22, 193 potential v...
Florida Man Who Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria Has 25 Percent of His Skin Removed – Yahoo Entertainment

Florida Man Who Contracted Flesh-Eating Bacteria Has 25 Percent of His Skin Removed – Yahoo Entertainment

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Deaths from heart disease and these other conditions are on the rise, research suggests – CNN

Deaths from heart disease and these other conditions are on the rise, research suggests – CNN

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The rates of death from those health conditions were declining but then hit a concerning inflection point in 2010, and either remained unchanged or increased thereafter, according to research published in the medical journal JAMA on Tuesday."We are losing ground in the battle against cardiovascular disease. Understanding what is contributing to these alarming trends may help direct specific strategies for prevention," said Dr. Sadiya Khan, an assistant professor of cardiology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, who was the senior author of the research."Even more alarming are the persistent disparities with higher death rates among black Americans compared with white Americans," Khan said. The research found that black adults consistently had higher cardio...
Risk level for potentially fatal EEE raised to critical in Methuen – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

Risk level for potentially fatal EEE raised to critical in Methuen – Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

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METHUEN, MASS. (WHDH) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Monday that Methuen is now at critical risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis after a horse tested positive for the virus and died, and city officials canceled evening activities as they prepare for spraying. A positive EEE test in an animal automatically raises the threat level for EEE to critical in a community, according to health officials. In the wake of the development, Methuen Mayor James Jajuga said he plans to meet with the city’s emergency management team to discuss measures to curb the virus. Jajuga canceled evening activities in the city, saying all outdoor events and games on city property will have a hard end time of 7 p.m. until Sept. 30, and a hard end time of 6 p.m. afterward until the first har
Staten Island opioid deaths continued to surge in 2018, data shows – SILive.com

Staten Island opioid deaths continued to surge in 2018, data shows – SILive.com

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CITY HALL -- Opioid overdoses on Staten Island continued to surge in 2018 as overdoses citywide slightly dipped, according to new data from the Health Department released Monday.Citywide, there were 38 fewer overdoses in 2018 compared to the previous year, but Staten Island experienced a 13% jump in overdoses in 2018, from 90 deaths in 2017 to 102 deaths in 2018.The drug fentanyl remained the leading cause of fatal overdoses on Staten Island in 2018, rising from 62 fatal fentanyl involved overdoses in 2017 to 78 fatal fentanyl involved overdoses in 2018. Heroin was the second leading cause of fatal overdoses in the borough in 2018, with the number of deaths increasing by 16%, from 55 heroin-related deaths in 2017 to 64 heroin-related deaths in 2018. Overall, fatal heroin overdoses increa...
She Fell Ill After Mosquito Bite, Was Dead 6 Days Later – Newser

She Fell Ill After Mosquito Bite, Was Dead 6 Days Later – Newser

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(Newser) – Laurie Sylvia started feeling sick last Monday. Less than a week later, the Massachusetts 59-year-old was dead, killed by a rare mosquito-borne illness. Sylvia, who died Sunday, is the fourth person in the state to contract eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) this month. That's notable considering an average of just seven people typically contract the virus per year in the entire country, People reports. Before this year, Massachusetts hadn't seen a human case since 2013. Cases typically occur in Massachusetts, Florida, New York, and North Carolina