E-cigarettes were initially thought to be a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but a recent outbreak of serious lung illnesses and deaths linked to the nicotine delivery devices called that belief into question. Now, a new case report details another type of lung illness in a 15-year-old girl who regularly used e-cigarettes: necrotizing pneumonia. Necrotizing pneumonia is an uncommon complication of pneumonia. It destroys areas … Continue reading ‘Necrotizing Pneumonia’ – The New Vaping Hazard
Sudden withdrawal from coffee and cigarettes can trigger symptoms that mimic serious disease, leading to unnecessary tests in hospital intensive care units, a new review concludes. “Nicotine and caffeine are some of the most commonly used and highly addictive substances in modern society, but they are often overlooked as a potential source of significant withdrawal symptoms when abruptly discontinued in ICU,” said review leader Dr. … Continue reading Caffeine, Nicotine Withdrawal Can Lead You to the ICU and Cause Problems for You There.
E-cigarettes contain a vaporizable liquid, made up of a number of chemicals, among them propylene glycol, glycerol, nicotine (or no-nicotine) and a variety of flavoring substances. New research shows that the real danger may be in how these compounds change when heated. To use an e-cigarette, you insert the liquid and apply electricity, which heats it until it vaporizes. The chemicals inside the fluid undergo … Continue reading Electronic Cigarettes – The Bad & The Ugly. There is No Good.
As more states continue to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana, questions concerning the health risks associated with the substance and its various consumption methods are on the rise. For example, what are the effects of vaporizing marijuana versus smoking it? Although limited research currently exists, there is some data and anecdotal evidence that can offer a look into the health risks, or lack thereof, associated with … Continue reading Why Vaping Marijuana is SO SO DANGEROUS to Your Health
The article below was written by Wes Boyd is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and on the faculty at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. He teaches medical ethics and human rights at Harvard Medical School and also teaches a freshman seminar in Harvard College titled “Psychology of Religion.” He is the author of the book, Almost Addicted, which won … Continue reading Could Marijuana Be Another Addiction?
E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones triggered by regular cigarettes, according to new research published online in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Immune responses are the biological reactions of cells and fluids to an outside substance the body doesn’t recognize as its own. Such immune responses play roles in disease, including lung … Continue reading TO VAPE OR NOT TO VAPE – PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA NOT TO!
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