Vaping poses health risks: New study finds e-cigs raise risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart attacks by up to 70%

Vaping e-cigarettes raises the risks of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease, a new study finds. About one in 20 US adults use e-cigarettes and many of them claim to do so because they are 'healthier' than combustible cigarettes. But the devices are still relatively new and poorly understood. As more and more research on them comes out, it becomes increasingly clear that 'safer' doesn't mean safe. ...

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Why the eight-hour workday doesn’t work

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach. The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor that workers were forced to endure on the factory floor. This breakthrough was a more humane approach to work two hundred years ago, yet it possesses little relevance for us today. Like our ancestors, we're expected to put in 8-hour days, working in long, continuous blocks of time, with few or no breaks. Heck, most people even work right through their lunch hour! This antiquated approach to work isn't helping us; it's holding us back. ...

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Study shows people are strongly influenced by gossip even when it is explicitly untrustworthy

New research in the journal Emotion suggests that people are highly influenced by gossip, even when it is explicitly identified as untrustworthy. The findings indicate that qualifiers such as "allegedly" do little to temper the effects of negative information on a person's likeability. "Words and phrases like 'apparently', 'allegedly' or 'is suspected of' are frequently used in daily communication, in social media and in media coverage about people, in order to signify the questionable veracity of information. These terms even serve a legal purpose and are intended to prevent false accusations, prejudgments and defamations," said study author Julia Baum of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Berlin School of Mind and Brain. "Until now, however, little has been known about how our brain processes verbally communicated person-related information of dubious reliability and how this affects our judgments. Do we consider the uncertainty...

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Pay for play: Experimental drugs and vaccines on FDA’s Fast Track

With its recent approval of fast track status for ImmusantT's experimental vaccine Nexvax2, which has been designed to protect celiac patients against the adverse effects of gluten exposure,1 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is off to another big year in the accelerated licensing approval process for new drug therapies and biologics (vaccines). What Does "Fast Tracked" Mean? The FDA defines drug-approval fast tracking as "a process designed to facilitate the development, and expedite the review of drugs to treat serious conditions and fill an unmet medical need. The stated purpose is to get important new drugs to patients earlier."2 Fast tracking was originally created by Congress in legislation designed to address "a broad range of serious conditions," although that term is now applied more liberally than was initially intended. ...

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Weighted blankets might ease insomnia and anxiety, here’s what to know before purchasing one

If 2017 was the year of the Instant Pot, 2018 was the year to gift or get a weighted blanket - a duvetlike bed cover weighing from five to 25 pounds. Never heard of one? Neither had I, until I got this assignment. But they are a hot commodity. For example, the Gravity Blanket, which began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017, reports $16.5 million in sales for 2018. The theory is that a heavier-than-normal blanket hugs a sleeper, and may prevent tossing and turning. As a result, the sleeper feels more secure, and sleeps more soundly and for longer periods of time. The concept isn't new. Heavy wraps have been used as a calming mechanism for children with autism, ADHD and other sensory disorders for more than a decade. Parents have swaddled their newborns for centuries. And the idea...

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