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  1. 14 young people in 2 states hospitalized after vaping, some in ICU on Ventilator, officials say

    Fourteen teens and young adults have been hospitalized in Wisconsin and Illinois for breathing problems potentially linked to vaping, health officials in both states announced Friday. In Wisconsin, severe lung disease has sent 11 people to the hospital, according to the state's Department of Health Services. That's three more than the eight cases the state reported in late July. And in Illinois, three young people have been hospitalized for severe breathing problems after vaping, the...
  2. WI Health Officials Urge People to Stop Vaping After Sudden & Mysterious Rise in Lung Disease

    More people hospitalized with serious lung problems linked to vaping have been found, Wisconsin health officials reported Friday. Last week, health officials reported eight cases of this strange cluster, all involving teens. The cases now involve teens and young adults. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 11 cases have been identified (including the cluster of eight), and the state’s disease detectives are looking into seven other possible cases. Officials have not...
  3. MIT Scientists Synthesize The Feel-Good Molecules In Kava

    For thousands of years, Pacific islanders have made a calming drink out of kava, a root that's been called "Nature's Xanax" and "The Pacific Elixir." Now, MIT researchers are using cutting-edge science to synthesize the feel-good molecules in Kava. It's work they say could help lead to new treatments for anxiety, pain and insomnia — and to new insights into other medicinal plants. "What we do in our lab is to actually start from plants that have thousands of years of use in traditional...
  4. Vaping May Have Caused 8 Wisconsin Teens To Be Hospitalized With Lung Damage

    Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin officials reported eight cases of hospitalized teenagers with seriously damaged lungs to the Wisconsin Department Health Services in July. According to a news release from CHW officials, state health officials were investigating the possible causes of these illnesses, but all patients reported vaping in the weeks and months prior to being hospitalized. While an exact cause was unknown, officials called the number of patients in such a short time frame...
  5. Man suffers lung damage from "Dank Vapes" cartridge, put into medically-induced coma

    BURLINGTON -- A Burlington man was hospitalized after he became sick from vaping. "These street vapes are very, very dangerous. My brother nearly lost his life," said Patrick DeGrave, victim's brother. The last few days have been touch and go for one Burlington man. "The trauma that he caused to his lungs is significant, the trauma that he caused to his heart is significant," said DeGrave. Patrick DeGrave's brother went to Aurora Memorial Hospital in Burlington after he was having issues...
  6. Adding flavors to vape liquids changes chemistry, creates irritants

    Sweet, fruity flavorings react with vaping liquid; users inhale undisclosed chemicals New research shows added flavorings in e-cigarettes or vaping devices react to e-liquid, or e-juice, creating new compounds that could trigger irritation and inflammation when inhaled. As e-cigarette use expands among teens in the U.S., so have vaping menus, with manufacturers marketing nicotine-infused liquids that taste like crème brûlée, cotton candy and mango smoothies. The sweet flavors' appeal to...
  7. Airway-irritating Acetals In Vape Juice

    Scientists don't know much yet about the long-term effects of "vape juice," the liquid used in e-cigarettes and vaporizers. But researchers analyzing the liquid and the vapor produced when it's heated say some kinds of e-liquids are reacting to form irritating chemicals called acetals while they're sitting on shelves. The study published Tuesday looked specifically at eight flavors of Juul e-liquids, which contain a different mixture of solvents than many other brands of e-liquid. These new...
  8. Study: Antidepressants Blunt Ability To Feel Empathy

    Empathy is an integral part of human socialization. It’s how we show others that we understand and care about their emotional state. But what happens if the medications you’re taking diminish that ability? A new study suggests that taking antidepressants impairs empathy, while the experience of depression itself does not. The research was led by Markus Rütgen and Claus Lamm, at the University of Vienna, Austria. It was published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. Previous researchers...
  9. Small Study Using MDMA To Treat Alcoholism Yields Impressive Results

    Back in April of this year, Imperial College London began clinical trials for the treatment of alcoholism through the use of MDMA-assisted therapy. The small study conducted on four willing participants who suffered from alcoholism took place over eight weeks. Each participated in weekly hour-long therapy sessions as well as two psychotherapy sessions where they were given a 125mg dose of 99.9 per cent pure MDMA, with an optional extra 62.5mg after two hours. The results of what is the...
  10. Nicotine Testing For High Schoolers Is a Drug War-Style Disaster

    As the so-called epidemic of teen vaping continues to garner sensational headlines—“Why vaping is so dangerous for teens”; “The scary truth about teen vaping”— tactics from the War on Drugs playbook are increasingly used to punish teens who vape. Drug testing of adults and teenagers is an insidious aspect of the drug war dragnet. It seeks to control individual behavior and penalize personal choices. It starts with the humiliation of peeing in a cup, often while another person watches....
  11. Germany: Cannabis on prescription - Many patients go away empty

    For two years now there is cannabis on prescription. But there are two main problems: Pharmacies report supply shortages - and many patients have to pay for the drug themselves. "With cannabis, I can participate in social life much better," says Sebastian Hurth. The young man has so-called tics that come from Tourette syndrome - a neurological disorder. He makes uncontrolled movements and shouts provocative things, constantly running the risk of hurting himself. Because all other...
  12. Drug Companies Poured 76 Billion Opioid Pills Into U.S. Neighborhoods In Just 6 Years

    Previously undisclosed drug company data released by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has provided the most comprehensive look to date at the nation’s opioid crisis. The database, which traces the path of every single narcotic sold in America—from manufacturer to distributor to pharmacy from 2006 to 2012—has been analyzed in a report by the Washington Post. The data, along with the history of its delayed release, is remarkable in many ways. First, it confirms in the most...
  13. 'Meth-gators': US police warn of alligators taking meth

    Pray to never encounter a methgator: an alligator on methamphetamine. One US police department is urging residents not to flush drugs down the toilet, citing fears that wildlife might consume them and exhibit unnatural behaviours. "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do," the Loretto Police Department in the US state of Tennessee posted on Facebook. "Furthermore, if it made it far enough we could create...
  14. Study Finds Psychiatric Diagnosis To Be ‘Scientifically Meaningless’

    A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders. The study, led by researchers from the University of Liverpool, involved a detailed analysis of five key chapters of the latest edition of the widely used Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), on ‘schizophrenia’, ‘bipolar disorder’, ‘depressive disorders’, ‘anxiety disorders’ and ‘trauma-related disorders’. Diagnostic...
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