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Vaping-illness examinations rely on impurities, fakes: report

Vaping-illness examinations rely on impurities, fakes: report

Enlarge / A man smokes an e-cigarette. State and federal investigations into the puzzling burst of severe lung illnesses linked to e-cigarette use—aka vaping—are focusing in on black-market and counterfeit products, according to a report by the Washington Post. Unknown adulterants and dubious solvents—such as oils and diluting “cutting agents”—in vaping liquids are now the…
Some CBD extracts are completely legal, DEA validates

Some CBD extracts are completely legal, DEA validates

Enlarge / A marijuana leaf. The US Drug Enforcement Administration cleared the air around cannabis Monday, reaffirming its plans to expand cannabis research and confirming that some products containing the popular cannabis-derived component cannabidiol (CBD) are now legal. Three years ago, the agency said it wanted to expand cannabis research by letting more entities grow…
Lethal superbug break out in human beings connected to antibiotic spike in cows

Lethal superbug break out in human beings connected to antibiotic spike...

A deadly outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella that sickened 225 people across the US beginning in 2018 may have been spurred by a sharp rise in the use of certain antibiotics in cows a year earlier, infectious disease investigators reported this week. From June 2018 to March of 2019, officials at the Centers for Disease…
Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5 days, CDC states [Updated]

Vaping-linked lung illness cases leap from 94 to 153 in 5...

Enlarge / A person exhales vapor while using an electronic cigarette device in San Francisco, California on Monday, June 24, 2019. Cases of severe lung disease linked to vaping rose from 94 to 153—a jump of over 60%—in just five days, according to an update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On Saturday,…
Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in 14 states

Vaping connected to 94 mystical cases of extreme lung illness in...

Enlarge / A person smokes a Juul Labs Inc. e-cigarette. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Saturday that it’s investigating a puzzling burst of severe lung-disease cases linked to e-cigarette product use or “vaping.” Between June 28 and August 15, health officials have counted 94 probable cases of severe lung illness in 14…
How a brand-new antibiotic damages exceptionally drug-resistant tuberculosis

How a brand-new antibiotic damages exceptionally drug-resistant tuberculosis

Enlarge / A security guard mans the gate January 23, 2008 of the ward of extreme drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), a near-untreatable strain of the disease, at the Brooklyn Infectious Disease Hospital in Cape Town. The hospital is trying to take extra security measures to ensure patients with XDR stay there for treatment, instead of…
Take a look at the gory, cringy images the FDA wishes to place on cigarettes

Take a look at the gory, cringy images the FDA wishes...

Enlarge / Sick kids, chest scars, and bloody urine are just some of the new warnings. The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday revealed 13 repulsive warnings it proposes adding to cigarette advertisements and packaging. The graphic warnings are intended to deter smoking. They include short statements and “photo-realistic color images depicting some of the…
9 moonshot concepts that ended up being real-life developments, from driverless vehicles to birth-control tablets

9 moonshot concepts that ended up being real-life developments, from driverless...

When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped foot on the moon in 1969, they helped to cement the idea of a "moonshot" — a goal or achievement that challenges what we thought was possible. While few moonshots measure up to the Apollo program, many of the world's greatest inventions were once thought of as similarly…
Trump wishes to import drugs from Canada. Canadians rage

Trump wishes to import drugs from Canada. Canadians rage

Enlarge / US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar at the White House May 9, 2019 in Washington DC. Canadians are in a kerfuffle over the Trump administration’s preliminary plan to allow Americans to import lower-cost prescription medications from Canada. The plan was announced July 31 and is…
A remedy for cancer, Alzheimer’s, anxiety? FDA smacks down wild CBD claims

A remedy for cancer, Alzheimer’s, anxiety? FDA smacks down wild CBD...

Enlarge / Curaleaf products One CBD company sure has been busy. The company Curaleaf claims that it has developed products that can treat a slew of the most formidable conditions found in humans, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, opioid withdrawal, chronic pain, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It also has…
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