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By Linda Carroll (Reuters Health) - Between 2018 and 2019, use of JUUL vaping devices doubled among U.S. young people aged 18 to 20 and more than tripled among those aged 21 to 24, a new study finds. Among 18-to-20-year-olds, JUUL use went from 11.9% to 23.9%. Among 21-to-24-year-olds, use went…
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The influenza vaccine is modestly effective for reducing laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations among older individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to results of a new study. To assess for influenza vaccine effectiveness among community-dwelling…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – The proportion of e-cigarette users who started vaping at age 14 or younger has more than tripled in the U.S. over the past five years, a recent study suggests. From just 8.8% in 2014, the share of vapers who had picked up their first e-cigarette by age 14…
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By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - U.S. health officials on Thursday reported 2,290 confirmed and probable cases and 5 more deaths from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping, taking the total death toll to 47 so far this year. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City have developed best practice guidelines to help physicians identify and treat e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury (E-VALI). "We think it is very important for clinicians to keep E-…
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As of October 29, 2019, 1888 cases of vaping-related lung injury have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 49 states. Illinois has reported the greatest number of cases (150-199), while Alaska is the only state without a reported case. Thirty-seven deaths have…
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a new report detailing data from Utah that points toward tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing vaping cartridges containing vitamin E acetate as the potential cause of the vaping-related lung injury outbreak. The data comes from 79…
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By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antibiotics are overprescribed for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and particularly for mild-to-moderate disease, a large observational study reveals. "Antibiotic treatment brings both risks and benefits for patients," study coauthor Dr…
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Older adults with asthma or concurrent asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—but not COPD alone—are less likely to be hospitalized for obstructive lung disease if they take an inhaled corticosteroid, according to a new study. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of inhaled…
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its interim guidelines on the evaluation and treatment of patients with suspected vaping-related lung injury. The new guidance updates recommendations that were released in late August of 2019 which were based upon the limited data…
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