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Over 150 vaping-related lung illnesses reported in 16 states

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals in 16 states have now reported 153 cases of serious respiratory illnesses in the last two months tied to vaping. In each case, the sick person admitted having vaped either nicotine or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.

4 steps for creating a caregiving plan for someone with a serious illness

If your loved one was diagnosed with a serious illness such as mesothelioma, you understand the significant toll it can take on them. Dealing with this diagnosis can also be difficult for anyone close to your loved one, especially the caregiver.

Study: Even without concussions, football players see brain changes

Football is a game of hard hits, including blows to the head. For decades, players were encouraged to use their helmeted heads to plow down opposing team members. Even with a helmet, though, a major blow to the head can shake the brain inside the skull. This can cause a concussion, or bruise on the brain.

Is an eyewitness's confidence the key to their reliability?

When police ask an eyewitness to identify a suspect, it is usually done through either a lineup or a photo array. In this situation, the culprit may actually be among the choices. However, it's also possible that the police have the wrong person. Therefore, identifying a suspect should always be about affirmatively recognizing them, not just choosing the person most similar to the suspect.

Compounds in 'vape juice' could be damaging to the lungs

Whether vaping nicotine liquid is safer than smoking cigarettes has been under debate since e-liquid vaporizers became available. It is likely "vape juice," the liquid that vaporizes in e-cigarettes, contains fewer dangerous chemicals than burned tobacco. However, it is difficult to say whether vape juice is safe to be inhaled.

In rare move, J&J opposes dismissal of asbestos-talc lawsuit

Nationwide, Johnson & Johnson is facing over 14,000 lawsuits claiming that its talc-based products, J&J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, contain asbestos. According to the lawsuits, regular use of these products for genital hygiene can cause ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

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