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4Jan
2021

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: Study

Smoking Plus Vaping Just as Deadly as Smoking on Its Own: StudyMONDAY, Jan. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers who swap some traditional cigarettes for the electronic kind may not be doing anything to protect their arteries, a new study hints.People who smoke sometimes use "e-cigarettes" in a bid to get a nicotine fix without inhaling tobacco. But little is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on the risk of heart disease -- the top killer of smokers.That's because heart disease develops over many years, and vaping is a relatively new phenomenon, explained study author Andrew Stokes, an assistant professor at Boston University School of Public Health.So, his team decided to look at a more immediate question: Do certain biological markers of heart disease risk differ between smokers and those who use both cigarettes and...

High Blood Pressure While Pregnant Linked to Poorer...

4 January 2021
High Blood Pressure While Pregnant Linked to Poorer Memory Years LaterMONDAY, Jan. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy may follow women through the years, causing lower scores on tests of memory and thinking skills, a Dutch study suggests.The study of nearly 600 pregnant women included 481 with normal blood pressure and 115 who developed high blood pressure during their pregnancies.Of those 115 women, 70% had gestational hypertension, which is high blood pressure that starts after 20 weeks of pregnancy in women who previously had normal readings. The other 30% had pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure and elevated protein levels in the urine that develop after 20 weeks of pregnancy."Women with high blood pressure that starts in pregnancy, as well as women with pre-eclampsia,...

Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically...

4 January 2021
Police Use of Neck Restraint Never Medically Appropriate, Neurologists SayMONDAY, Jan. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Despite training that teaches police officers to use neck restraints, there is no medical justification for the tactic, three neurologists write in JAMA Neurology.The killing of George Floyd, who died in May 2020 after an arresting police officer pressed a knee to his neck for more than eight minutes, helped spark a nationwide conversation about racial injustice.While Floyd's death and the death of Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold by a police officer in 2014, made headlines, many other Americans have died during confrontations with police officers who used neck restraints.In a Viewpoint column published online Dec. 28, the three neurologists described how carotid artery compression can result in stroke, seizure and death....

Vaping May Addle the Adolescent Brain: Study

31 December 2020
Vaping May Addle the Adolescent Brain: StudyTHURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Teenagers who use e-cigarettes may be at increased risk of "mental fog," a new study suggests.The study, of thousands of U.S. teens, found that those who vaped were three times more likely than their peers to report problems with concentration, memory and decision-making.The findings mirror those of a recent study of adults by the same research team: Men and women who used e-cigarettes had more complaints about their memory and thinking skills than non-users.Neither study proves that vaping causes mental fog, said senior researcher Dongmei Li, an associate professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in New York.It's possible, she said, that kids with cognitive complaints are drawn to e-cigarettes.That point was...

When Popping Champagne at New Years', Watch Out for That Cork

31 December 2020
When Popping Champagne at New Years`, Watch Out for That CorkTHURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- As 2020 comes to a close, many people plan to ring in the new year with a bit of bubbly.But that can lead to calamity when not done safely, warns the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), which offers tips for keeping a Champagne toast from going wrong.A warm bottle of Champagne paired with poor technique for opening it can send a cork flying up to 50 miles per hour, threatening serious injuries."Champagne cork injuries really do happen, and they have real consequences," said Dr. Dianna Seldomridge, a clinical spokesperson for the AAO. "For this holiday season, our advice is twofold. As COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to be at an all-time high, keep your holiday celebrations smaller, limited to immediate household members. And make sure...
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