Life insurance costs may soon rise for people who vape

Reinsurers are issuing warnings about vaping products, so their users are likely to face higher insurance premiums. Global reinsurers that insure the risks of other insurance firms are stepping up their warnings to their clients about the potential risks of vaping, putting pressure on underwriters to either exclude people who vape from insurance coverage or to charge them higher rates than other smokers. Authorities in the United States said last month that there had been 47 deaths so far this year from a lung illness tied to vaping. Health concerns…

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Are ‘vaping’ and ‘e-cigarettes’ the same, and should all these products be avoided?

Allison Kurti, University of Vermont As concerns over vaping continue to grow, researchers and public health officials are investigating the causes of more than 40 deaths and 2,000 illnesses. It’s confusing even for experts. The term “e-cigarette” refers to a battery-powered device used to inhale an aerosol that typically, but not always, contains nicotine, along with flavorings and other chemicals, but not tobacco. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognize e-cigarettes as a broad category that includes a variety of different…

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Will e-cigarette industry go up in smoke over health epidemic?

President Donald Trump announced in September he is considering banning most vaping, and it has caused business to plummet. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with officials from the e-cigarette industry in the United States. Trump announced in September he is considering banning most vaping, and it has caused business to plummet. Health advocates are hoping he follows through. Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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How to help someone with depression

16.2 million adults have at least one major depressive episode in a given year. Healthline.com in June 2018 reported that persistent depressive disorder often results in deep sadness, hopelessness, low energy and indecision, and it occurs in approximately 1.5 percent of adults annually. And while more women than men suffer from at least mild depression, healthline.com estimates 16.2 million adults have at least one major depressive episode in a given year. Other forms of depression, such as seasonal and postpartum, are prevalent as well, but many people suffer from low…

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E-cigarette firm Juul sued by California for targeting teenagers

Internal emails, other evidence said to show that Juul knowingly marketed and sold its products to underage customers. The state of California in the United States has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc, alleging the San Francisco company engaged in a “systematic” and “wildly successful” campaign to attract teenagers to its nicotine devices. The lawsuit draws on internal correspondence and other evidence, asserting the company did little to prevent sales to underage customers. It also claims that Juul used a “flawed” age-verification process for online sales. “Juul adopted…

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HOTTOPIC: Fruity or minty? Vape flavors most popular with teens may be ban

Prohibition could cover all flavors, but e-cigarette advocates want to exempt at least mint and menthol for adults. Mint and menthol are among the most popular e-cigarette flavors with young users, according to U.S. government survey data that could weigh on a decision about whether or not to ban the flavors. The 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, produced by the Food and Drug Administration and published Nov. 5 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows e-cigarette use remains highly prevalent among teenagers who start as early as middle…

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Is the stethoscope dying? Hi-tech, hand-held rivals pose threat

Hi-tech ultrasound scanners allow doctors to watch the body in motion and see things like leaky valves, proponents say. Two centuries after its invention, the stethoscope – the very symbol of the medical profession – is facing an uncertain prognosis. It is threatened by hand-held devices that are also pressed against the chest but rely on ultrasound technology, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps instead of doctors’ ears to help detect leaks, murmurs, abnormal rhythms and other problems in the heart, lungs and elsewhere. Some of these instruments can yield images…

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Apps for those seeking help with addiction

The challenge called on companies, scientists, health care institutions and citizens to come up with unique ways to address the modern opioid epidemic. One idea selected was for an app developed by DynamiCare Health in Boston. On average, more than 130 people in the United States are dying daily due to opioids, according to the CDC and the state of Ohio, which embarked on the Opioid Technology Challenge two years ago. The challenge called on companies, scientists, health care institutions and citizens to come up with unique ways to address…

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HOTTOPIC: Find help to quit vaping and smoking

Federal and state officials have reported hundreds of total possible cases of pulmonary disease and several deaths that may be related to vaping. Yale Medicine in early September shared what it deemed a “startling” statistic: More than 3.6 million middle- and high-school students currently use e-cigarettes. The report explained vaping — to inhale vapor created from a liquid heated up inside a device — and pointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current warnings regarding health risks: “Federal and state officials have reported hundreds of total possible cases…

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HOTTOPIC: Prevention tips for cold and flu

Definitely avoid, when possible, close contact with sick people. Many pharmacies and even grocery stores already tout signage and advertisements announcing the beginning of cold and flu season and the need for protective flu shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides comprehensive information on the 2019-20 influenza season at cdc.gov/flu, and emphasizes some ways to avoid getting the flu in the first place: ‒ Avoid, when possible, close contact with sick people. ‒ While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible. ‒ Especially when experiencing the…

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As Abortion Access Dwindles, This App Offers Safe, Discreet Options

Obtaining medically accurate information about abortion can be difficult yet dire for pregnant people desperate for answers. Each year, 25 million unsafe abortions are performed around the world. The rate of unsafe abortions is higher where access to skilled providers and effective contraception is limited or unavailable, or where sexual education is lacking. Accessing medically accurate information about abortion can be a sensitive pursuit for people desperate for answers; it’s particularly dire if they’re pregnant without wanting to be. Decisions based on misinformation can lead to disability—and even death. Earlier…

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‘Rare’ cancers are common, so why the lack of research funding?

The term ‘rare cancer’ encompasses 198 different diseases, according to the European Information Network. When Eleftherios Stavropoulos plays with his 11-year-old son, George, he tries not to wonder whether he will live long enough to see his boy graduate from high school, earn his college degree or get married. Stavropoulos, who started treatment for his rare stage four cancer on his 49th birthday in June, isn’t sure what life will hold. But he’s determined to do everything he can to beat his illness –  and to help others facing diseases…

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‘It is time to stop vaping’: 6th US death linked to lung illness

Health officials have yet to fault specific e-cigarette device as potential cause in outbreak of major health problems. A resident of the state of Kansas was the sixth person to die in the United States of a mysterious respiratory illness related to vaping, state authorities said on Tuesday. “It is time to stop vaping,” Kansas State Health Officer Lee Norman said in a statement, as public health officials scrambled to understand what has quickly become a nationwide problem. “If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop,” said Norman.…

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Eating bugs: Nutrition is proven but not their effects

Nytimes.com last September shared that the American market for edible insects exceeded $55 million in 2017 and is expected to keep climbing as more companies create nutritionally appealing products. Bugs: We squish them, spray them and shoo them. But eat them? A large percentage of the world’s population — an estimated 2 billion people, in fact — already eat insects because of nutritional content and accessibility, according to anthropology resource sapiens.org: “In Thailand, street vendors push carts stocked with trays of deep-fried grasshoppers, water bugs and other seasoned insects. In…

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What to know about EMDR therapy for PTSD

While there is medication and counseling to assist individuals who suffer from PTSD, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy is also a treatment option. Post-traumatic stress disorder is so common there is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs center devoted to understanding it and sharing information with the public. In fact, around 8% of the population will have PTSD at some point in their lives, according to the National Center for PTSD. And while there is medication and counseling to assist individuals who suffer from PTSD, Eye Movement Desensitization and…

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