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Can You Vape to Death? Can You Vape to Death?

I never thought I’d see the day, but vaping—the bejeweled fedora of nicotine delivery methods—is starting to seem a lot less ridiculous. Or, at least, somewhat less ridiculous. Juuling teens are still reliably funny. But at the same time, there are real, credentialed doctors out there making a case for vaping as a…

Report: Rich Guys Can't Find Anyone to Run Their Incredibly Vague Healthcare Company Report: Rich Guys Can't Find Anyone to Run Their Incredibly Vague Healthcare Company

Earlier this year, billionaires Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon promised to launch a new partnership that would upend the healthcare industry and lower the cost of care for the employees of their very large companies. That has yet to come to fruition, in large part due to one very big problem: they can’t…

Amazon Reportedly Building Healthcare Team for Alexa So You Can Ask If That Cut Looks Infected Amazon Reportedly Building Healthcare Team for Alexa So You Can Ask If That Cut Looks Infected

Alexa, a voice assistant that is pretty okay at setting alarms most of the time, may soon be equally mediocre at providing medical advice. Amazon is reportedly building out a team dedicated to expanding Alexa’s health and wellness capabilities.

Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls  Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls 

For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those…

Walmart to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply, Will Require E-Prescriptions by 2020 Walmart to Limit Opioid Prescriptions to 7-Day Supply, Will Require E-Prescriptions by 2020

Walmart has announced that the company will roll out new restrictions on opioid prescriptions this summer at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores, and will require e-prescriptions for opioids by the year 2020. The move comes as the opioid epidemic continues to kill more and more Americans every year.

Fitbit Smartwatches Get Menstrual Cycle Tracking and ‘Quick’ Messaging Fitbit Smartwatches Get Menstrual Cycle Tracking and ‘Quick’ Messaging

Today, Fitbit has begun to roll out a major update to its app that adds a handful of welcome features for its Versa and Ionic smartwatches.

Trump Picks TV Snake Oil Salesman Dr. Oz, of All People, to Serve on Health Council Trump Picks TV Snake Oil Salesman Dr. Oz, of All People, to Serve on Health Council

Lo and behold, President Donald Trump has appointed none other than widely ridiculed quack Dr. Mehmet Oz—yes, the Dr. Oz so infamous for his dubious TV health advice that the British Medical Journal published a thorough trashing of him—to serve as a health adviser.

Nokia Screws Up Again, Sells Withings Back to Its Co-founder Nokia Screws Up Again, Sells Withings Back to Its Co-founder

Another day, another company snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. This time it’s Nokia, as the company has decided to sell its health division— formerly known as Withings—which it purchased for $191 million in 2016. The sale itself seemed inevitable, and its price undisclosed, but its buyer is a huge surprise:…

Serious Injuries Are More Likely to Be Fatal for People With O Blood Type  Serious Injuries Are More Likely to Be Fatal for People With O Blood Type 

The thing we’re most likely to not know when filling out a government form—our blood type—might mean the difference between life and death following a traumatic injury, a new study published Tuesday in Critical Care suggests.

One Study Finds 'Zombie Deer' Prion Disease May Not Infect Humans, but Risk Remains One Study Finds 'Zombie Deer' Prion Disease May Not Infect Humans, but Risk Remains

Scientists’ worst fears over a so-called “zombie deer” prion disease currently spreading across the US and Canada are unlikely to come to pass, suggests a long-term study published Wednesday in the Journal of Virology. The fatal ailment, known as chronic wasting disease (CWD) and caused by a mysterious kind of protein…

Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There's 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too.

The Rate of Kids Diagnosed With Autism Is Still Climbing—CDC Estimates 1 in 59 Has It The Rate of Kids Diagnosed With Autism Is Still Climbing—CDC Estimates 1 in 59 Has It

There are few solid things we know about autism spectrum disorder (ASD), maybe save that vaccines don’t cause it. But a new report, released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seems to reaffirm a long-standing pattern: The rate of autism diagnoses is continuing to increase.

Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites Google Maps Has Launched a Feature to Flag Prescription Drug Disposal Sites

Google has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to mark locations where people can safely dispose of excess prescription drugs on its Maps platform, the company announced in a blog post on Wednesday.

Diet Soda Might Still Contribute to Diabetes, Rat Study Suggests Diet Soda Might Still Contribute to Diabetes, Rat Study Suggests

For as long as artificial sweeteners have existed, people have been warned about their supposed health risks such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. But while these claims are routinely debunked as nothing more than junk science, some research—including a new study presented this week at the annual Experimental Biology…

Reddit Is Helping Some People Deal With Their Mental Health Struggles Reddit Is Helping Some People Deal With Their Mental Health Struggles

Reddit’s gotten plenty of deserved criticism over the years for hosting some of the most toxic communities on the internet. But a new study published this month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests that at least some subreddits are helping people dealing with depression and other mental health issues…

Webcam Abortion Services Offer Crucial Access—So What’s Stopping Them?

A woman contacted Dr. Ghazaleh Moayedi’s team on a Friday afternoon, nine weeks and three days into an unwanted pregnancy. Although she butted right up against the Food and Drug Administration’s 10-week regulatory deadline, the patient wanted a medication abortion—a difficult request to satisfy on any doctor’s busy…

Illinois Police Make First Arrests Over Deadly Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding Illinois Police Make First Arrests Over Deadly Synthetic Weed Linked to Uncontrollable Bleeding

Illinois police have made the first arrests in connection to an ongoing outbreak of synthetic cannabinoid products responsible for hundreds of severe bleeding cases and at least three deaths. One person, who allegedly distributed the drugs, has been charged with homicide.

Over 200 Million Eggs Recalled as 22 People Are Sickened by Salmonella Over 200 Million Eggs Recalled as 22 People Are Sickened by Salmonella

Over 200 million eggs were recalled this weekend—all thanks to a nasty Salmonella bug that’s already sickened at least 22 people.

E. Coli Outbreak in 11 States Now Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak in 11 States Now Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce

An initially mysterious outbreak of Escherichia coli has spread to at least 11 states since mid-March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. But the good news is that we’ve finally uncovered the source—the bland boy band of vegetables, romaine lettuce.

Unclear Whether Government Efforts to Stop Fentanyl Deaths Are Working, Says Watchdog Report Unclear Whether Government Efforts to Stop Fentanyl Deaths Are Working, Says Watchdog Report

The US government is earnestly trying to tackle the opioid crisis, which is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year, but there’s no easy way to tell whether its efforts are even working, says a new report by a federal watchdog agency.

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