Minnesota is the latest state to report patients with severe lung disease after vaping

Minnesota health officials have identified four cases of severe lung injury that could be connected to vaping, similar to what could be dozens more cases in nearby Wisconsin and Illinois. The Minnesota Department of Health said it’s unclear whether these cases are somehow connected. While officials said they don’t yet know the exact products used, both nicotine and marijuana products have been reported. “There are still many unanswered questions, but the health harms emerging from the current epidemic of youth vaping in Minnesota continue to increase,” the department’s medical director…

Read More

Illinois just became the first state to require insurance companies to cover EpiPen injectors for kids

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has signed a law that would require insurance companies to cover costs for kids needing EpiPen injections for cases of severe allergic reactions. House Bill 3435 will take effect January 1, and would require companies offering health insurance policies in Illinois to pay for “medically necessary epinephrine injectors for persons 18 years of age or under.” In a tweet on Tuesday, Pritzker hailed the bill, saying, “This legislation takes a big step forward in protecting our children and families.” When administered during an anaphylactic attack, the…

Read More

How robotic technology is helping humans after hernia repair surgery

RICHMOND, Va. — Thanks to robotic technology, Dr. Mukong Adeso, a surgeon at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, is performing a surgery that was once painful and often resulted in a slow and difficult recovery. Today, hernia repair surgery has patients back on their feet in days. “It’s a life changing thing,” Dr. Adeso said. “You no longer have issues with the hernia.” A hernia happens when an organ breaks through a tear or weak spot in the tissues that surround it, resulting in a small bulge. Common areas include the groin,…

Read More

Social media use may harm teens’ mental health by disrupting positive activities, study says

Social media use has been linked to depression, especially in teenage girls. But a new study argues that the issue may be more complex than experts think. The research, published Tuesday in the journal The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, involved interviews with almost 10,000 children between the ages of 13 and 16 in England. The researchers found that social media may harm girls’ mental health by increasing their exposure to bullying and reducing their sleep and physical exercise. “Our results suggest that social media itself doesn’t cause harm, but…

Read More