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Vaping may cause lung scarring commonly found in metal workers

Vaping may cause lung scarring commonly found in metal workers

A new case study out of Europe is warning that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices may cause lung scarring commonly only found in metal workers. The research has been published by the European Lung Foundation, which says hard-metal pneumoconiosis -- a rare lung disease that results from inhaling hard metal particles -- has been identified in a person who used vaping devices.

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Inflammation triggered by obesity may cause brain damage

Inflammation triggered by obesity may cause brain damage

A study scheduled to be presented next week has found evidence of brain damage linked to obesity in teenagers. The damage impacts the parts of the brain responsible for cognitive functions, as well as emotions and appetite, and may be caused by the inflammation that results from obesity. The damage was identified using MRIs of both healthy and obese teenagers ages 12 through 16.

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Another company gets FDA designation to treat depression with psilocybin

Another company gets FDA designation to treat depression with psilocybin

The Food and Drug Administration has granted the ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ designation to the treatment of major depression disorder (MDD) using psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in many mushrooms collectively referred to as ‘magic mushrooms.’ The designation was granted to Usona Institute, enabling it to proceed with an investigation into psilocybin-based treatment for MDD.

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WSU study shows cannabis cuts migraine pain in half, beating common OTC pain killers

WSU study shows cannabis cuts migraine pain in half, beating common OTC pain killers

A new study out of Washington State University has found that inhaling cannabis (“marijuana”) may drastically reduce the pain caused by headaches and migraines. The study, which was recently published in Journal of Pain, assessed the potential pain-relieving effects of cannabis for migraine sufferers by soliciting feedback in real-time during an episode of head pain. The research into this topic remains rare.

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Olive oil superfood may protect the brain from age-related dementia

Olive oil superfood may protect the brain from age-related dementia

Adding extra virgin olive oil to your diet may be an effective way to reduce your risk of developing dementia in old age, according to researchers with Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Extra virgin olive oil is often referred to as a 'superfood' due to its many known health benefits, including its potential protective effect for the brain.

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Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries sold at natural food stores

Hepatitis A outbreak linked to berries sold at natural food stores

Public health officials with the FDA and CDC have linked a hepatitis A outbreak to the consumption of blackberries purchased from a natural food marketplace with stores in the Midwest. Federal experts have been working with public health officials from three states on investigating a hepatitis A outbreak currently involving 11 cases and six hospitalizations.

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Teen spends 47 days in hospital over popcorn lung caused by vaping

Teen spends 47 days in hospital over popcorn lung caused by vaping

Back in 2015, a Harvard study warned that a particular flavoring frequently used in electronic cigarette liquids was linked to a disease called 'popcorn lung,' which gets its name from the lung condition developed by many people who had worked in popcorn factories. Fast-forward to 2019 and health officials have revealed that the first case of popcorn lung has been identified in someone who vapes.

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E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

E-Cigarette Vaping EVALI lung injury and death count update

We've been following the outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes (vaping) since early August. On September 19, 2019, the FDA opened a criminal probe into the vaping-related lung injury outbreak, while the CDC's then-current case count was 530 people - this count has gone up considerably since then.

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High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets may be dangerous for people trying to lose weight

High-protein diets are trendy right now, but they may not be healthy. According to a new expert editorial, substituting the majority of carbohydrates with protein is hard on the kidneys, something that's particularly risky among the morbidly obese and individuals who have diabetes. At the core of the matter are people who are unaware they're at higher risk when they start the diet.

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Cigarette smoking drops to record low in US as vaping numbers rise

Cigarette smoking drops to record low in US as vaping numbers rise

Cigarette smoking rates have declined in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as vaping rates increase. Last year saw the lowest ever recorded levels of smoking among adults in the United States at only 13.7-percent, a huge drop of around two-thirds since the agency started collecting information on smokers in 1965. However, vaping has introduced new public health concerns in its place.

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Medical marijuana may be a significant stroke risk in young adults

Medical marijuana may be a significant stroke risk in young adults

A pair of new studies set to be presented at an upcoming American Heart Association event this weekend have found stroke and heart arrhythmia risk in young adults who smoke cannabis. When compared to non-users, young adults who used cannabis were found to have twice the risk of suffering from a stroke, with frequent users have the highest risk. As well, users were at greater risk of hospitalization.

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Vaping may be worse on cholesterol and blood flow than smoking

Vaping may be worse on cholesterol and blood flow than smoking

Electronic cigarettes may have a similar effect on 'good' cholesterol levels as smoking traditional cigarettes, plus they may cause an increase in one's level of LDL 'bad' cholesterol, according to a new study. Joining the research is a second study that has also linked vaping with worrisome effects on the body's ability to pump blood -- ones that are even worse than the troubles experienced by tobacco smokers.

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