Electronic Cigarettes: More Harmful Than They Seem?

first_img Reply Vaping is a popular trend, but is it safe?From Florida Hospital – Apopka You may have noticed the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes; these days, they even seem more common than traditional paper cigarettes. Don’t be deceived by their simple appearance – the use of these devices, commonly called “vaping,” can pose many health risks to users, specifically adolescents.E-cigarettes, which generally use a refillable liquid or disposable cartridge, deliver vaporized liquid to the user. And while they’re often viewed as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes, research continues to reveal dangers surrounding their use.Consequently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released broader guidelines regarding adolescent use of e-cigarettes.Below, Lyndsey van der Laan, MD, pediatrician at Florida Hospital, breaks down what you need to know about these devices.What’s the difference between e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes?Dr. van der Laan says the biggest difference between the two is their composition.Lyndsey van der Laan, MD“E-cigarette solutions generally have three components: nicotine, flavoring chemicals, and carrier solvents,” Dr. van der Laan explains. “Other components identified within the solution include tobacco specific nitrosamines, metals, tobacco alkaloids, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.”A common misconception is that e-cigarettes don’t pose significant health risks like regular cigarettes. Dr. van der Laan says this isn’t the case.Nicotine Levels Hard to DetermineMany flavoring solvents in e-cigarettes contain aldehydes, a known respiratory irritant. Also, it can be hard to determine the exact level of nicotine that an e-cigarette contains. One study found significant discrepancies – as high as 89 percent – between the label of the e-cigarette and the actual nicotine content.“What’s interesting about e-cigarettes is the lack of concern people have about them,” remarks Dr. van der Laan.“Nicotine is well absorbed via any route, whether through inhalation, ingestion or even skin contact. Mild toxicity of nicotine can lead to a fine tremor, nausea, tachycardia, and high blood pressure. Severe poisoning can lead to salivation, vomiting, seizures, muscle twitching, low blood pressure, bradycardia, and respiratory failure.”Sometimes, people try to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking regular cigarettes. Contrary to popular opinion, this may actually make the addiction worse.“Claims that e-cigarettes are healthier or an effective way to reduce traditional cigarette use hasn’t been validated,” she explains. “In fact, in one study of high school students, those using e-cigarettes had more than six times the odds of smoking conventional cigarettes [like https://blackbuffalo.com/] later in life.”Dangers to toddlersAccording to Dr. van der Laan, the risks of e-cigarettes can extend beyond direct users. Since the introduction of e-cigarettes, cases of children accidentally ingesting the product have been rising.“With the varying nicotine levels in the e-cigarette solutions, as little as a half of a teaspoon could be fatal in an average sized toddler,” Dr. van der Laan says.How can e-cigarettes affect an adolescent’s future health?She cautions that e-cigarettes are now the most common form of nicotine used in adolescence.“Development of executive function (mental skills that help you get things done like time management) and neurocognitive processes aren’t fully developed in adolescence, making teens more vulnerable to addiction,” she explains. “Early use of nicotine containing products like e-cigarettes may also act as a gateway to other addictive substances.”Dr. van der Laan also stresses that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known, so if you become addicted at a young age, you’ll be more likely to experience extended nicotine use throughout your lifetime.Are there any legal regulations of e-cigarettes?“Although most states prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, there is no federally mandated age restriction. There is also no regulation on content, labeling or packaging of e-cigarette solution. Finally, there are no laws which prevent e-cigarettes from being purchased online, regardless of age,” elaborates Dr. van der Laan.  “The overall lack of regulations and laws sends a message that e-cigarettes are safe.”Dr. van der Laan notes that e-cigarettes are often designed to appeal to teens. For example, many e-cigarette flavors, like chocolate, cotton candy, or Belgian waffle, are likely to attract younger uses.“The American Academy of Pediatrics has proposed several public policy recommendations, many of which are the same regulations used for conventional cigarettes. These include banning flavored e-cigarette solutions, banning internet sales, banning advertising in media/internet that can be viewed by youth, restricting use in movies and video games, and prohibiting use in public spaces like restaurants,” Dr. van der Laan says. “If these regulations are acceptable for conventional cigarettes, then why not for e-cigarettes?” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Vaun Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate November 20, 2016 at 3:31 pm Vaping won’t help you, just fool you thinking that you are in the clear. I stopped smoking with the Simpleguided smoking plan after everything else failed. The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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FDA Authorizes JPL-Developed Ventilator for Emergency Use

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News A front-facing portrait of VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), a ventilator designed and built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechA new high-pressure ventilator developed by JPL engineers and tailored to treat coronavirus patients today was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use under the FDA’s March 24 ventilator Emergency Use Authorization.Called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), the device was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to free up the nation’s limited supply of traditional ventilators so they may be used on patients with the most severe COVID-19 symptoms.“This FDA authorization is a key milestone in a process that exemplifies the best of what government can do in a time of crisis,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “This ventilator is one of countless examples of how taxpayer investments in space exploration – the skills, expertise and knowledge collected over decades of pushing boundaries and achieving firsts for humanity – translate into advancements that improve life on Earth.”The Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships at Caltech, which manages JPL for NASA, is offering a free license for VITAL and is reaching out to the commercial medical industry to find manufacturers for the device.“Now that we have a design, we’re working to pass the baton to the medical community, and ultimately patients, as quickly as possible,” said Fred Farina, chief innovation and corporate partnerships officer at Caltech. “To that end, we are offering the designs for licensing on a royalty-free basis during the time of the pandemic.”The Emergency Use Authorization allows for use of the device specifically for COVID-19 patients, with the aim of addressing the acute demand for ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic. Like all ventilators, VITAL requires patients to be sedated and have an oxygen tube inserted into their airway to breathe.“Fighting the virus and treating patients during this unprecedented global pandemic requires innovative approaches and action. It also takes an all-hands-on-deck approach, as demonstrated by the NASA engineers who used their expertise in spacecraft to design a ventilator tailored for very ill coronavirus patients. This example shows what we can do when everyone works together to fight COVID-19,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn. “We believe today’s action will increase availability of these life-saving medical devices. The FDA will continue to add products to this emergency use authorization, as appropriate, during this pandemic to facilitate an increase in ventilator inventory.”Prior to the FDA’s review, the VITAL prototype passed a critical test April 21 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. VITAL poses several benefits in the national response to COVID-19. It can be built faster and maintained more easily than a traditional ventilator, and is composed of far fewer parts, many of which are currently available to potential manufacturers through existing supply chains. Its flexible design means it also can be modified for use in field hospitals being set up in convention centers, hotels and other high-capacity facilities across the country and around the globe. Intended to last three or four months, the new device wouldn’t replace current hospital ventilators, which can last years and are built to address a broader range of medical issues.“It’s been exhilarating coming up with VITAL’s design,” said Michelle Easter, a mechatronics engineer at JPL who worked on developing the device. “Now that we have FDA approval, we’re looking forward to seeing companies license this technology and share it with the rest of the world.”To learn more about how NASA is helping in the national response to COVID-19, visit https://www.nasa.gov/coronavirus Science and Technology FDA Authorizes JPL-Developed Ventilator for Emergency Use Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed the device for coronavirus patients with rapid production in mind. The license is being offered for free to manufacturers. 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Former Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss waiting for a deal on his home

first_imgMichael and Donna Voss are selling their Coorparoo home.FORMER Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss is waiting to finalise a deal on his sprawling Coorparoo home.Now a midfield coach with Port Adelaide, Voss and his wife Donna decided to sell their former family home at 62 Marriott St, Coorparoo via auction this week through James Curtain of Place Bulimba.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoThere were four bidders on the large family home on Thursday night and bidding reached $2.518m. Negotiations are continuing.The five-bedroom house, known as Nu Haven, is configured in a U Shape around the pool and has city views.It is on a large corner block and the home has a number of living areas, high ceilings and timber parquetry flooring.The home has a wood fireplace, arched french windows and a chandelier in the entertainment space, this area overlooks the front gardens.There is also parent’s retreat which has a walk-in wardrobe/dressing room and access to the pool area and a private front deck.last_img read more

Malta MGA terminates The Daily Fantasy Football Company licence

first_img MGA report reveals 14 licences cancelled in 2019 June 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Share MGA survey reveals investment postponements as COVID-19 biggest rupture  May 28, 2020 The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has announced that incumbent The Daily Fantasy Football Company LTD has lost its capacity to operate wagering services within its jurisdiction, terminating its licence. As of last week, the company could no longer carry out operations, register new players or accept new customer deposits. Nevertheless, the firm is required to provide all registered players with access to their accounts along with refunding all current standing payments in line with the applicable law.According to the statement, MGA has found the company guilty of breaching regulation 9 of the Gaming Compliance and Enforcement Regulations:1) Failure to meet commitments to players in a timely manner, or the Authority has reason to believe that such failure is imminent following the €3,483.89 liabilities incurred by The Daily Fantasy Football Company towards player funds 2) Failure to pay in a timely manner all amounts due to the Authority, specifically The Daily Fantasy Football Company failed to pay the relevant tax, compliance and true-up alignment contributions.The Daily Fantasy Football Company hosts two websites, Playthesix.com and Thefantasyfootball.com, however, due to the recent news, both will cease operations in Malta as soon as all guidelines have adhered to. The fantasy firm, who was first given Maltese gambling authentication in 2017, has the option to appeal against the MGA’s decision.On both sites, the company stated: “We are closing down daily fantasy sports operations at websites playthesix.com and thefantasyfootball.com. Thanks for your support and thank you for playing with us throughout the years! We wish you all the best.”The news follows the authorities recent crackdown on gambling sites as of late. Last month MGA suspended Zero Seven Gaming Limited’s gaming services licence after failing to report player funds and licence fees. Blackrock Media also paid a €2.3m penalty to MGA as the firm had been operating a gaming service without the necessary authorisation. Related Articles Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Social media reaction to L.A. Lakers rookie Julius Randle breaking his leg in first NBA game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error L.A. Lakers rookie Julius Randle broke his leg in his first NBA game. The Lakers were taking on the Houston Rockets at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. Randle’s injury happened in the fourth quarter. The Rockets won the game 108-90.If you are having trouble viewing this on mobile, click https://storify.com/ladailynews/lakers-rookie-julius-randle-injured-with-possible.last_img