Should you be worried?It’s hard to say. Patients have reported vaping products that contain a variety of substances, including nicotine and THC, as well as using do-it-yourself “home brews,” finds the Washington Post. At this time, health officials are unsure whether the lung issues stem from the e-cigarette devices or one or more ingredients commonly found in vape juice. “While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses,” says the CDC. At least one Wisconsin man who was hospitalized had purchased tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil on the street, according to news reports. Canva The American Vaping Association is skeptical that traditional vape products are at fault. “With approximately 10 million adults vaping nicotine each month without major issue, it appears much more likely that the products causing lung damage contain THC or illegal drugs, not nicotine,” an AVA spokesperson told CBS News.But health experts like Anne Griffiths, MD, a pediatric lung specialist who saw all four of the reported cases in Minnesota, aren’t so sure. “My sense is this isn’t new,” she told the Associated Press. “It’s new that we’re recognizing it. I really do think the primary cause of these illnesses is what’s been inhaled.”Currently, no one device or cartridge is associated with the reported cases of lung disease. When estimating the scope of the problem, health officials are only counting certain lung illnesses in which the person reports having vaped within three months. Most of the illnesses under investigation involve teens and young adults, a population in which e-cigarette use has skyrocketed: 78% among high school students and 49% among middle school students between 2017 and 2018, according to the CDC. As of 2018, more than 3.6 million U.S. youth, including 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students, report using e-cigarettes. The suspected link to vaping is more bad news for an industry that’s already under fire for targeting teens. In an email to Reuters, industry-leader Juul Labs said, “Like any health-related events reportedly associated with the use of vapor products, we are monitoring these reports.” As the investigation progresses, the CDC is asking clinicians to report possible cases of unexplained vaping-related pulmonary illness to their state or local health department. And in a statement last week, Wisconsin Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm strongly urged “people to avoid vaping products and e-cigarettes. Anyone — especially young people who have recently vaped — experiencing unexplained breathing problems should see a doctor.”Read more: Why vaping could give you cavitiesWhat we know about vaping and respiratory healthE-cigarettes have only been available in the US for a little over a decade and, during that time, have gone largely unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. As a result, there’s a huge amount of variability in the market. Together, these two things make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions about the respiratory effects of vaping. That said, here’s what we know so far: E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than tobacco cigarettes and are considered safer in many respects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But vaping is not without respiratory risks — especially in people who have no prior history of smoking. When the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine analyzed all the available research on the public health consequences of e-cigarettes — more than 800 peer-reviewed studies — it concluded that, “studies examining the long-term effects of e-cigarettes on the development of chronic respiratory symptoms are completely lacking due to the newness of the product.” The jury is still out on whether vaping causes lung disease, but early research points to potential other problems. Canva However, it did find “conclusive evidence that in addition to nicotine, most e-cigarette products contain and emit numerous potentially toxic substances” like acetaldehyde, acrolein, diacetyl and formaldehyde, which have all been linked to lung disease. And that exposing lungs to these substances could potentially damage the respiratory system or worsen pre-existing lung disease. Although NASEM was unable to identify any research on whether or not vaping causes respiratory diseases, it did find moderate evidence of a link between vaping and increased coughing and wheezing in teens, as well as an increase in asthma exacerbations.Bottom line: There are still a lot of unknowns, but preliminary research — and the lack of federal oversight — has health organizations like the American Lung Association concerned. “The e-cigarettes currently in the US marketplace have not been systemically reviewed by the FDA to determine their impact on lung health,” the ALA says. “While much remains to be determined about the lasting health consequences of these products, the ALA is very troubled by the evolving evidence about the impact of e-cigarettes on the lungs.”Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction experts The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 2:19 How food dye could help create 3D-printed lungs At least 24 people have been hospitalized with vaping-related respiratory issues since July — many of them young adults. Canva Health concerns over vaping intensify after state and federal health officials report that 153 people — many of them young adults — across 16 states have been treated for suspected vaping-related respiratory issues. Most of the patients admitted to a hospital have reported similar symptoms, including coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue that worsened over time. Some patients also reportedly experienced fever, chest pain, nausea and diarrhea. (The FDA is also investigating 120-plus reports of seizures after vaping. Check out this timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies.)In Minnesota, some of these individuals had to be hospitalized for multiple weeks, including stints in the intensive care unit. An 18-year-old man in Florida suffered a collapsed lung after vaping. One Wisconsin man in his 20s even had to be placed in a medically induced coma. It’s unclear at this time whether all patients will fully recover.In a statement issued over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that officials are working with the departments of health in California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin to investigate these “severe” pulmonary illnesses. Additional states have notified the CDC of more possible cases and investigations are ongoing. According to the CDC, says “there is no conclusive evidence that an infectious disease is causing the illnesses.”Read more: Why vaping is so addictive, according to doctors Wellness Now playing: Watch this: 2 Tags Comments Share your voice
Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib. File photoPolice will press charges before a court in Dhaka by this week against six people over the death of Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, in a road accident on Airport Road on 29 July, reports UNB.While briefing reporters at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Media Centre, DMP joint commissioner (Detective Branch) Abdul Baten said they have already prepared a charge-sheet for placing before the court.Those will be included in the charge-sheet are Shahadat Hossain, owner of ‘Jabal-e-Noor Paribahan’ bus which is responsible for the accident, its driver Masum Billah, his assistant Enayet Hossain, owner of another ‘Jabal-e-Noor’ bus Jahangir Alam, its driver Zobair Sumon and his assistant Asad.Earlier on 29 July, Diya Khanam Mim and Abdul Karim Rajib, first year students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College, were killed as a bus ploughed through some students in front of Kurmitola General Hospital on Airport Road in the capital.The accident triggered a widespread protest by students, demanding safe roads and seeking justice for their fellows.
The cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of “the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Land Acquisition) Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2019”.It has proposed removal of disparity in compensation for land acquisition in the hills and the plain land.“An ordinance to this end was promulgated at the end of the previous (Awami League) government. . . It will now be turned into a law,” cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told reporters after the maiden meeting of the new cabinet.Alam said earlier 15 per cent compensation was given for acquisition of land in the hills, while the amount was 300 percent in the case of plain land. The ordinance fixed 300 per cent compensation for land acquisition both in hill and plain land areas, he said.He said the cabinet also in principle gave final endorsement to the draft of “The Brick Making and Kiln Setting Up (Control) (Amendment), Act, 2018”.He said the cabinet earlier approved the law and it was promulgated as an ordinance.“The draft law was placed before the cabinet today as there is a legal obligation to submit it to the Jatiya Sangsad,” he said.The cabinet secretary said the cabinet also gave final approval to the draft of “The Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad Act, 2018”.Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad, he said, has been running since 1956 through a resolution and it was reconstituted in 1972.“The parishad (council) has been running through a government decision as there was no law to this effect. So a new law has been proposed to run the parishad smoothly,” he said.Under the proposed law, the cabinet secretary said, there will be an 84-member governing body of the council to be headed by the social welfare minister. The council will have to hold at least two meetings in a year, Alam said.The cabinet secretary said the cabinet approved the draft of the national Action Plan on the disabled people in the light of the ‘Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act 2013’ and the ‘Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Rules 2015’.He said the law has been proposed to ensure the smooth accessibility of the persons with disabilities to the public transports and establishments like educational institutions, hospitals, bus, launch and rail stations, airports, land ports and river ports, cyclone shelters, cultural function venues, places of worships and flyovers.Replying to a question, Alam said the quota for the disabled people still exists in the government jobs. “The provision still exists there and it is yet to be curtailed,” he said, adding that any law cannot be superseded through an administrative order.Alam said the cabinet approved the draft speech of president Abdul Hamid for the inaugural session of the 11th Parliament, which will start on 30 January.The cabinet secretary said full speech will have some 75,000 words, which will be tabled in the House at the maiden session of the new parliament.But the president will read out the short version of his written speech having 6,000 words in parliament.The speech will focus on the country’s overall scenario including economic development and activities, the government’s measures taken to establish good governance, the activities taken for implementing the Vision 2021 and the Vision 2041, and the government’s measures and successes in improvement of the country’s socioeconomic status, he said.Alam said the cabinet okayed the draft of “The Bangladesh Industrial and Technical Assistance Center Act, 2018.He said at the outset of the meeting, the cabinet adopted an obituary reference at the death of former public administration minister, valiant freedom fighter and ex-Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.“Syed Ashraf was a valiant freedom fighter and ideal politician and his death is an irreparable loss to the nation,” the cabinet secretary said, quoting the reference.
– / 4The Near Northside neighborhood is home to about 25,000 people and about a third live below the poverty line. The Houston Health Department said the neighborhood just north of downtown struggles with a lot of issues, including the condition of its housing stock. It’s estimated about 92 percent of the homes in the neighborhood are in need of lead paint abatement.The United States banned lead in household paints in the 1970’s but some older homes still have it. And officials say 25 percent of Near Northside children who were tested showed elevated lead levels in their blood.Efforts to improve the neighborhood’s health and safety will now benefit from a new $250,000 grant from the national “BUILD Health Challenge.” The Near Northside project was one of 19 around the country chosen for the grants. Along with the Houston Health Department, the non-profit housing corporation Avenue and the Memorial Hermann Health System are also participating.Avenue Deputy Director Jenifer Wagley said Near Northside is just one of Houston’s old neighborhoods that continues to struggle with ongoing problems.“Even before Harvey it was hard for people to have safe, affordable housing,” said Wagley. “After Harvey the crisis has only intensified.”Wagley explained that one of the things they’re working on in Near Northside is identifying homes that have cracked and peeling lead paint. Neighborhood volunteers have been walking in the blocks to talk to residents about remediation programs that could help.“We are standing in the midst of what I think is an amazing circle right here,” added Wagley. “What does it take to really transform people’s health? How do we improve health outcomes? Should your zip code dictate how long you can live?”The Near Northside effort is also looking at other projects that could improve the neighborhood’s health, like adding more green space for recreation. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:00 Listen Share