E-cigarette users’ pee contains more heavy metals as well as signs of exposure to carcinogens and other irritating chemicals than the pee of non-vapers, hinting that the habit might come with serious health risks. At the same time, vapers who switched completely from cigarettes still had lower levels of these substances in their urine than their smoking peers, new research says. The study, published today in the journal JAMA Network Open, didn’t measure the risks from exposures directly — only the materials the participants peed out. But the findings may help with the ongoing debate about whether e-cigarettes are safer than cigarettes. After all, that’s a major selling point for the vape industry, which markets e-cigarettes as a less risky alternative. The problem is that they’re still largely unregulated, so we don’t know for certain what chemicals they contain or what those chemicals’ long-term health effects could be. It’s important … [Read more...] about Is vaping better than smoking? Scientists studied pee to find out
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Mary Hudetz Associated Press Published 1:39 PM EST Nov 14, 2018 Albuquerque, N.M. – Numerous police departments nationwide are not adequately identifying or reporting cases of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls as concerns mount over the level of violence they often face, according to a study released by a Native American nonprofit Wednesday. The report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute, the research arm of the Seattle Indian Health Board, was conducted over the past year amid worry in tribal communities and cities that Native American and Alaska Native women are vanishing in high numbers, despite a lack of available government data to identify the full scope of the problem. Researchers said they identified some 500 missing persons and homicide cases involving Native American women in 71 cities after reviewing data obtained through media reports and public records requests sent to police departments. They reviewed cases dating back to the … [Read more...] about Study: Reporting weak on missing, killed Native women
If you are a parent, you surely know that children become pretty much obsessed with their smartphones and tablets. As a result, their studies tend to suffer, and dealing with that can be pretty difficult. You probably want to know what apps they are using and how much time they spend on that. And if the situation is too bad, you'd want to be able to lock them so they aren't excessively used. StudyLock is an app that offers a solution to all these problems, and more.Touted as an "intelligent educational system", StudyLock can lock selected apps and games on your kids' mobile devices and only give them access once they answer educational questions. They are specifically selected to correspond to their grade and stretch across 5 categories – Math, History, Science, English Language, and Social Studies. Adhering to the k-12 school system, StudyLock's questionnaire can accompany any child from grade 3 to grade 10. Parents can also make custom questions specific to their child needs. … [Read more...] about Spotlight: StudyLock lets you monitor children’s smartphone usage and improve their study habits
By Megan Specia2015-01-01 14:42:59 UTC The flu has reached epidemic levels in the U.S. this season according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Statistics released this week, show that the influenza virus outbreak reached the epidemic threshold during the week ending Dec. 20. See also: Study: Ginseng Extract Could Help Fight Off the Flu "At this time, all of CDC's influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated flu activity, indicating that we are in the midst of this season's flu epidemic," said Erin Burns of the CDC told USA Today. According to the CDC, a total of 15 influenza related pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014-2015 season across the U.S. The deaths were reported in nine different states: Arizona (1), Colorado (1), Florida (2), Minnesota (2), North Carolina (2), Nevada (1), Ohio (2), Texas (3), and Virginia (1). #Flu activity continues to increase in the U.S. and is high in about half of the country. More in http://t.co/dX279rigYg — CDC … [Read more...] about CDC: Flu has reached epidemic level, 15 child deaths in U.S.
Insurance company Esurance has a new study out on distracted driving, and it makes for interesting reading. Almost everyone agrees distracted driving is bad, yet it's still remarkably prevalent. Even drivers who report rarely driving distracted also report that they engage in distracting behaviors. The study also raises some questions about the growing complexity of modern vehicles, particularly the user interfaces they confront us with. Almost everyone does it According to official figures, around 10 percent of all road deaths are due to distracted driving. That percentage has held steady for a while now after peaking at 15 percent a decade ago. In the time since, governments and the auto and tech industries haven't been ignoring the problem. Texting-while-driving bans are ever more common. Smartphones now have do not disturb modes, some of which can turn on automatically. Phones can also cast their displays and certain apps to the car's center stack using Android Auto and Apple … [Read more...] about Distracted driving: Everyone hates it, but most of us do it, study finds