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Study warns teenage vape use skyrocketed in 2018

Study warns teenage vape use skyrocketed in 2018

A new survey warns that teenage use of vaping devices has increased substantially in a single year. According to the 2018 Monitoring the Future (MTF) report, 37.3-percent of high school-aged teenagers reported having vaped at some point over the last year, this compared to 27.8-percent from last year's survey. The news come as the FDA is scrambling to address teenage access to electronic cigarette and liquid nicotine products.

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Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

Johnson & Johnson reportedly knew about asbestos in baby powder

A new report alleges that Johnson & Johnson knew about instances of its talc powder testing positive for asbestos, but failed to disclose the information. The claims was reportedly sourced from various legal documents, as well as trial testimony and depositions, revealing that J&J may have known about the alleged existence of asbestos in some of its talc products since at least 1971.

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Chromebook Family Link continues Google’s Digital Wellbeing thrust

Chromebook Family Link continues Google’s Digital Wellbeing thrust

It almost sounds ironic, or even maybe suspicious, but tech companies like Google and Apple are finally taking their influential roles seriously. They’ve started to implement tools that make you aware of your addiction to devices and the Internet and ways to change that lifestyle. But while adults may have a harder time readjusting their habits, kids are still easy to train. That’s why following its release on Android, Google is now launching its Family Link app on Chromebooks to give parents the same control on some laptops.

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Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon and Omron Healthcare create Alexa blood pressure skill

Amazon is collaborating with Omron Healthcare to create a blood pressure skill for Alexa. The upcoming skill will be compatible with Omron blood pressure devices, enabling them to use the personal assistant for reminders, getting daily average blood pressure readings, and more. The new skill will help patients manage their condition using voice commands.

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Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Texas starts using 3D-printers to create dentures for prisoners

Inmates in Texas prisons will soon have a new way to get prosthetic teeth: through a dedicated denture clinic that uses 3D-printing technology to produce dentures. The new plan will be implemented by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in spring 2019, hopefully speeding up production and helping more inmates get the prostheses they need.

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The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app is my heart’s new best friend

The Apple Watch ECG app has landed, and the good news is that while my British heart may be cold, it's at least not showing signs of atrial fibrillation. Landing as a part of watchOS 5.1.2, the new heart health monitoring app was a key part of the Apple Watch Series 4 promise back when the latest-gen wearable was announced earlier in the year.

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Apple Watch Series 4 gets ECG heart rhythm app in latest watchOS update

Apple Watch Series 4 gets ECG heart rhythm app in latest watchOS update

Apple has announced that its ECG app is now available for Apple Watch Series 4. This is the first direct-to-consumer product that provides the public with access to a wearable ECG, enabling them to track heart data and get alerts when their heart beat becomes irregular. In addition, the Apple Watch will now provide users with a notification if it detects an irregular heart rhythm determined to be atrial fibrillation.

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Keyto is a breathalyzer for keto dieters

Keyto is a breathalyzer for keto dieters

The keto diet is arguably the most popular fad diet at the moment, and it revolves around one big goal: eating few enough carbohydrates to enter ketosis. Dieters have traditionally evaluated their level of ketosis using a product called ketone test strips, but a new product aims to make those obsolete. Called Keyto, the device resembles a reusable straw and is essentially a breathalyzer for keto dieters.

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Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak source identified as California

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak source identified as California

Nearly a week after advising the public about another E. coli outbreak, US officials are back with an update: the source of the contaminated products. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the new E. coli O157:H7 strain that has impacted consumers in both the United States and Canada originated from various romaine lettuce farms in California.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on International Space Station

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria found on International Space Station

NASA scientists have discovered the presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria on the International Space Station. The bacteria strains were found in the ISS's exercise area and toilet, according to a new study, though they aren't likely to harm the humans onboard. The bacterium Enterobacter's presence on the ISS is worrisome to officials, however, as a pathogenic variety could put the astronauts at risk.

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LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

It’s a sad and unavoidable fact of life that innocent as well as not so innocent toddlers love putting things into their mouths. Most of the time it's food but other times it involves things they may perceive as delicious delights. It is a parent’s worst nightmare or at least one of them, and yet toy companies keep on producing potentially dangerous pieces of plastic. That is why a group of pediatricians has taken it upon themselves to go through the weirdest test ever to find out how long it will take for a kid to poop out a LEGO head in case the little one manages to swallow one.

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Huge diabetes spike could leave millions without insulin

Huge diabetes spike could leave millions without insulin

A new study warns that demand for insulin to treat type 2 diabetes may increase more than 20-percent by 2030, but that half of patients around the world may be unable to get the treatment. The medication is vital for many diabetics who may otherwise suffer severe health consequences due to the health condition.

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