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CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states – SlashGear

CDC reports nearly 100 vaping lung disease cases in 14 states – SlashGear

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed on Friday that it is helping local health officials investigate nearly 100 lung injury cases possibly linked to the use of vaping products involving liquid nicotine and THC solutions. These cases have been identified in five states at this time, but many questions remain unanswered. More than 100 cases of a mysterious lung injury experienced by individuals who vape has been reported in 14 states, among them being California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. News of this illness first surfaced from the Wisconsin Department of Health, followed by similar reports from Illinois and Minnesota. The CDC confirmed on Friday that it is helping investigate the matter in those five states and that cases are ro...
More than 120 cases of lung disease in 15 states could be linked to vaping – CNN

More than 120 cases of lung disease in 15 states could be linked to vaping – CNN

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States with the most cases include Wisconsin, with 15 confirmed cases and 15 more under investigation. Illinois has 10 confirmed cases, while 12 more are under investigation. California is looking into 19 such cases. The New York State Department of Health said Friday it was "actively investigating" 11 cases. Indiana and New Jersey both reported nine cases, of which Indiana has confirmed six.Health officials in Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah also said they were aware of confirmed or potential cases. A total of 42 states and Washington, DC, provided CNN with a response."These latest reports of pulmonary disease in people using vaping products in New York and other states are proof that more study is needed on the long-term heal...
Vaccine For Cat Allergies Developed By Swiss Scientists – CBS Detroit

Vaccine For Cat Allergies Developed By Swiss Scientists – CBS Detroit

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ZURICH (CBS Local) — If you love cats but are allergic to them, a team of scientists in Switzerland could have the purrfect solution for you. HypoPet AG, a Swiss-based company, announced it has developed a vaccine called HypoCat that works by “immunizing cats against their own major allergen, Fel d 1,” found in cat dander to which 10 percent of humans are allergic, according to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Our HypoCat vaccine is able to produce high levels of antibodies in cats,” HypoPet AG CEO Gary Jennings wrote in a statement. “These antibodies can bind and neutralize the Fel d 1 allergen produced by the animals.” In other words, the cat would be administered the vaccine, not their allergic owner. News for patients with cat allergy: A study provides evidence that c
These Robotic Shorts Make Everyday Strolls Feel Like a Moving Airport Walkway – D-brief – Discover Magazine

These Robotic Shorts Make Everyday Strolls Feel Like a Moving Airport Walkway – D-brief – Discover Magazine

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(Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University)If you have two functioning legs and a reliable nervous system, walking and running are generally thoughtless tasks. But if you’re a soldier hauling massive amounts of gear on your back for an extended period of time, putting one foot in front of the other can get exhausting.That’s where the idea for a soft, futuristic “exosuit” came about in 2011 – when DARPA funded a project, called Warrior Web. The U.S. Army partnered with researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute to create a wearable device to help military personnel with heavy lifting and improve physical performance overall. By 2017, the army had a solid exosuit prototype that they had tested alongside researchers for three years. But one major problem remained – the exosuit let soldiers
Cases of vaping-linked breathing problems now reported in 8 states – NBCNews.com

Cases of vaping-linked breathing problems now reported in 8 states – NBCNews.com

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More cases of severe lung damage and breathing problems linked to vaping have been reported across the country, with doctors and health officials now investigating cases in at least eight states: California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.Doctors tell NBC News that most patients are otherwise healthy teenagers or young adults who come to the hospital with symptoms of a bad respiratory infection: shortness of breath, chest pain, fatigue and coughing.Their symptoms quickly become worse, and many need to go on ventilators.Aug. 14, 201901:25“We go through the process of eliminating infections and other things that could be causing inflammation in the lungs,” said Dr. Humberto Choi, a pulmonologist and critical care specialist at the Cleveland Clinic.“By elimi
Promising new tuberculosis drug approved, but will it be affordable? – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Promising new tuberculosis drug approved, but will it be affordable? – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

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“The treatment of XDR-TB has been dire ever since this form of the disease was discovered,” said Jay Achar, infectious disease specialist and TB medical advisor at MSF. “Having access to effective treatment regimens will give people hope of a cure, and help programmes limit transmission of this deadly bacteria. While safer, simpler regimens are still needed, the shorter treatment duration of this novel regimen is an important step in the right direction.” Pretomanid was developed by TB Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation, funded by governments (e.g. Australia, Germany, the UK and the US) and philanthropic sources, with the expectation that the organisation would hold true to its stated mission, that they are “dedicated to the discovery, development and delivery of better, faster-actin
Ebola is now a treatable disease – Boing Boing

Ebola is now a treatable disease – Boing Boing

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I don't want to freak anyone out, but I heard some legitimately great news the other day: Ebola is now a treatable disease. It seems that two of four experimental drugs designed to tackle the disease have proven highly effective during field testing. Up until now, 70% infected of those infected with the Ebola virus have died. With the new drugs in play, 90% of those treated have been completely cured of the disease. From Nature.com: One of the drugs, REGN-EB3, is a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies against Ebola made by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals of Tarrytown, New York. The second, mAB114, is derived from a single antibody recovered from the blood of a person who survived Ebola in the DRC in 1995 , and was developed by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...
Dozens of Midwest teens who reported vaping hospitalized with 'severe lung injury,' breathing problems – Fox News

Dozens of Midwest teens who reported vaping hospitalized with 'severe lung injury,' breathing problems – Fox News

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More than a dozen teens in the Midwest who reported vaping have been hospitalized with lung issues, stumping doctors who are searching for what exactly is sickening them.The Minnesota Department of Health announced Tuesday four cases of young people at Children's Minnesota with “severe lung injury” possibly tied to vaping. The cases were announced days after Illinois health officials reported six cases and at least 12 were confirmed in Wisconsin, state health officials said. There are more under investigation.“These cases are similar to lung disease cases recently reported in Wisconsin and Illinois, though it is too early to say whether they are connected,” the Minnesota Department of Health said.SEIZURES AFTER VAPING? FDA INVESTIGATING 127 REPORTS OF THE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION FOLLO
Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says – CNN

Exposure to polluted air is like smoking a pack a day, study says – CNN

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The study, published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA, is the largest of its kind. It looked at exposure to air pollution -- specifically to ground-level ozone, fine particulate matter, nitrogen oxide and black carbon. The study looked at more than 7,000 adults ages 45 to 84 for over a decade in six US metropolitan areas -- Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles,  New York City, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.Using a CT scan, researchers were able to see that that exposure to each of the pollutants was associated with the development of emphysema, a lung condition that causes shortness of breath, and is usually associated with cigarette smoking. It's a debilitating chronic disease that shrinks the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.Scientists were able to s