Vaping chemical creates toxic ketene gas, research finds

A chemical found in some vaping products can produce a highly toxic gas when heated up, according to new research from RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Led by researchers at RCSI’s Department of Chemistry, the study is published in the current edition of PNAS. In August 2019, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increasing […]

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What's the best way to mask the dangers of toxic air pollution?

From supplements to shield your skin to room filters… What’s the best way to mask the dangers of toxic air pollution? Breathing in the air in some areas of the country is equivalent to smoking 160 cigarettes a year — that was the suggestion from the British Heart Foundation recently, which warned that air pollution is becoming a ‘public health […]

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Rapamycin may reduce accumulation of a toxic β-thalassemia protein

Rapamycin, a drug widely used to protect organ transplant patients, eased symptoms of β-thalassemia in mice and showed promise for treatment of humans with the inherited disorder, researchers reported. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators led the study, which appears online today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Researchers showed that rapamycin worked by activating a protein quality-control pathway—the autophagy […]

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Hookah smokers are inhaling toxic chemicals that may harm the heart

Smoking tobacco in waterpipes, more commonly known as hookahs, results in inhaling toxic chemicals, often at levels exceeding cigarette smoke, that may harm the heart and blood vessels, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. Waterpipes go by many names—hookah, narghile, argileh, shisha and goza—and usually consist of a head or bowl that […]

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This 30-Year-Old Woman Is Fighting for Her Life After Losing Multiple Limbs to Toxic Shock Syndrome

Just over a week ago, Anna Norquist was a healthy 30-year-old woman with a passion for gymnastics. On December 14, everything changed. She developed toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a rare, potentially lethal condition that has resulted in multiple limb amputations. Now, Norquist is struggling to stay alive. It all started when Norquist went to Chicago last weekend to see a concert, […]

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