Teen vaper spends weeks in hospital: ‘I really didn’t think it could happen to me’

US health officials announced Friday that as of August 27, there are at least 215 possible cases in 25 states of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping. “Additional reports of pulmonary illness are under investigation,” according to a statement by leaders from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Food and Drug Administration. Reports by individual state health departments suggest the total number of potential cases could be significantly higher, although some cases may still be ruled out. CDC declined to confirm the…

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Husband goes to great lengths to find his wife a kidney

LOCKPORT, N.Y. — Rene and Kani Tucciarone have been together since 1979. Ten years into their relationship, Kani got really sick, WKBW reported. “I had gone to the hospital and they told me it was the flu,” Kani said. But, it actually turned out to be lupus. “They finally called the nephrologist in and he said if you don’t leave here today, you will die,” Kani said. Kani was put on dialysis and after 4 years of searching for a kidney donor, she began to lose hope. “We decided to…

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Calling all cuddlers: North Carolina hospital needs volunteers to snuggle newborn babies

RALEIGH, N.C. – Doctors know the healing power of touch, especially for pre-term babies or those born with addiction or other health issues. That’s why Raleigh’s UNC-Rex Birth Center NICU is seeking volunteer cuddlers. “It decreases pain, it decreases the baby’s stress and it helps promote healing,” Nicole Ross, a registered nurse and the Newborn Screening coordinator at UNC-Rex Birth Center told CNN affiliate WRAL. “It helps with brain development, and it helps decrease their length of stay.” Cuddlers are an integral part of the care provided at the hospital. Snuggling…

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Two more Chesterfield schools test positive for Legionella bacteria; bringing total to five

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Chesterfield County officials confirmed two additional schools tested positive for the Legionella bacteria at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on Wednesday. Hopkins Elementary and LC Bird High School became the fourth and fifth school to test positive for the bacteria along with Greenfield Elementary, Midlothian Middle School and Falling Creek Middle. The positive test results have not been confirmed in the latest results released Friday on the Virginia Department of Health’s website. During the meeting, County Administrator Dr. Joe Casey said the school district is awaiting…

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More intense exercise linked to a better sex life, exploratory study says

There’s really nothing better for your health than exercise — and that applies to your sex life’s health too. “Men and women who are healthy tend to have better sexual function,” said Dr. Lauren Streicher, the medical director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine. “Because almost any medical illness can impact normal sexual response.” Aerobic exercise is especially good at improving cardiovascular fitness, which stimulates blood flow throughout the body, including the genital area. “Anything that supports the cardiovascular system is going to support a man or woman’s…

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Harmful algae bloom: Warnings issued at Lake Anna State Park Beach, other swimming spots

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia Department of Health is urging the public to avoid contact with the water at Lake Anna State Park Beach and other locations after test result found them experiencing harmful algae bloom (HAB). Other impacted spots include all portions of Pamunkey Branch, the North Anna Branch, as well as the Main Branch of Lake Anna from the “Splits” to the confluence of Pigeon Run above Route 208 in Orange, Louisa and Spotsylvania counties. You can find an interactive map and condition updates here. “Some harmful algae,…

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‘This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,’ Surgeon General warns

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has a warning for pregnant women and teens when it comes to weed. “No amount of marijuana use during pregnancy or adolescence is safe,” Adams said during a press conference Thursday in Washington to announce an advisory on the risks of marijuana use among adolescents and pregnant women. Adams sounded the alarm about increasing marijuana use among those groups in recent years. “In pregnant women, marijuana is now actually the most commonly used illicit drug,” he said. “Marijuana is now the third most commonly used illicit…

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Utah teen says vaping put her in a coma, worst case doctors had seen

NEPHI, Utah — A Utah teen is sharing her story, after she said vaping sent her to the ICU, in a medically-induced coma. This comes as the Utah Department of Health is urging caution in using vape products, amid a rash of severe vaping-related illnesses reported to the department. Maddie Nelson, of Nephi, was a healthy 18-year old, who said she vaped every day for three years. She said everyone at her high school vaped. “I thought vaping was fine,” Maddie said. “I did all the tricks, all the time.”…

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1 in 3 teens breathe secondhand e-cigarette vapors, new research says

More middle school and high school students in the United States are being exposed to secondhand vapor from e-cigarettes in public places, new research finds. About 1 in 3 students last year said they had breathed secondhand aerosol from e-cigarettes, which is an increase from the approximately 1 in 4 students who reported exposure in years past, according to the research published in the medical journal JAMA Network Open on Wednesday. The research was based on self-reported data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, which collected information on exposure to…

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