Study suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk

first_imgHomeNewsGovernmentStudy suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk May. 29, 2019 at 4:32 amGovernmentHealthNewsStudy suggests e-cigarette flavorings may pose heart riskAssociated Press2 years agoAmerican College of CardiologyDr. Joseph Wue-cigarettesHoward Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Educationstanford university WASHINGTON (AP) — E-cigarettes aren’t considered as risky as regular cigarettes, but researchers have found a clue that their flavorings may be bad for the heart.Longtime smokers who can’t kick the addiction sometimes switch to e-cigarettes, in hopes of avoiding the cancer-causing chemicals in tobacco smoke.But cigarette smoking doesn’t just cause lung cancer. It’s a leading cause of heart attacks, too, and little is known about e-cigarettes and heart disease. Chemicals in the inhaled vapor may pose unique risks that are important to understand, especially as more and more teens take up vaping.“It’s not possible for me to go into a patient and strip their artery and test it” for a reaction to vaping, said Dr. Joseph Wu, director of Stanford University’s cardiovascular institute.So his team tried the next best thing for a study published Monday: In laboratory dishes, they grew cells that normally line healthy human blood vessels. They exposed the cells to six different e-cigarette flavorings, testing if the flavors — and not just the nicotine — caused any effects.They also tracked what happened when those cells were bathed in blood taken from people right after they had an e-cigarette, the way chemicals from vaping would make their way to the cardiovascular system. They also compared the cells’ exposure to blood from nonsmokers and people who smoked a regular cigarette.Vaping and some flavorings, even without nicotine, triggered blood vessel dysfunction that can increase the risk of heart disease, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.Cinnamon and menthol seemed the most toxic. But overall, cells showed signs of damage and were inflamed, less able to form new blood vessels or heal wounds.Small laboratory studies like this one can’t prove vaping really does harm, cautioned Dr. Jane Freedman of the University of Massachusetts, who wasn’t involved in the research. But she said the work should spark additional safety testing.The findings “suggest that even without the smoke of combustible cigarette products, there may be a smoldering fire of adverse health effects,” she wrote in an accompanying editorial.Another study at a recent heart meeting looked at health records to conclude e-cigarette users had a higher risk of heart attack than people who neither vape nor use tobacco products, but that, too, was only a clue, not proof.Wu’s team plans additional studies. The researchers are working with so-called “iPS cells,” ordinary cells taken from healthy volunteers and reprogrammed into a state where they can be grown into any type of tissue. Next up are tests of heart and brain tissue.U.S. public health officials are alarmed by an explosion of underage vaping, but Wu said it’s not just a question for teens. He worries about people who already have heart disease and may think switching from tobacco to e-cigarettes is enough protection.“This is really a warning shot that people should not be complacent and think that these e-cigarettes are completely safe,” Wu said.The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Tags :American College of CardiologyDr. Joseph Wue-cigarettesHoward Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Educationstanford universityshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLOS ANGELES – Conservation groups sue over Los Angeles County developmentCitywide – Assault arrestYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

GAC Group to support oil operations following investment boost

first_imgThe USD35 million loan to GAC will finance the group’s purchase of up to six supply ships to support offshore oil rigs. Three will operate in Kazakhstan, while the others will operate in Africa and the Middle East. Erland Ebbersten, GAC Group vice president for Europe, Africa, Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Sea, said: “GAC’s expansion underlines the group’s commitment to the Caspian region. We believe we can contribute significantly to development of the energy infrastructure in the Caspian, and we welcome IFC’s support in making this meaningful task possible for us.”Kazakhstan has been unable to exploit its large reserves of oil and gas largely because of a lack of infrastructure, support services, and equipment. Financing for new ships and equipment has been difficult in the country and the wider region, as entry and exit costs are high, because the only route out of the area is frozen for up to six months of the year. The global financial crisis has exacerbated this challenge.last_img read more

SRA preparing rules on forcing law firms to publish prices

first_imgRules for firms on publishing price information could be unveiled as soon as this summer, the Solicitors Regulation Authority confirmed today. The regulator says it will respond quickly to the request from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for more transparency in the legal services market. The CMA said regulators and firms should do more to satisfy unmet demand for legal services.The CMA, which published the findings of its year-long study into the market last month, has said it will revisit the sector in three years to see what progress has been made.Crispin Passmore, executive director of policy at the SRA, told the Westminster Legal Policy Forum today that a consultation on new rules is likely to start this summer.‘Price transparency will happen in the time the CMA put out [the update],’ he said. ‘We are not going to say all law firms must publish every price… You can discuss which areas it might be, evaluate it, work with behavioural scientists and develop it over a period of time.’ Crispin PassmoreHe added that initial requirements may be to publish prices for three or four areas of work, including some family law work and will-writing.The principle of forcing firms to publish this information met with scepticism from speakers at the forum. Sally Azarmi, founder of Azarmi & Co and chair of the Law Society’s small firms division, said the idea was ‘simply not practical’.Professor Cosmo Graham, director of the Centre for Consumers and Essential Services at the University of Leicester, doubted whether regulators were capable of coming up with a set of rules to satisfy the CMA.‘They are asking a bunch of regulators to work together – that is very difficult given the differences in scale,’ he said. ‘I am not sure the recommendations as put forward will make the difference. More information on its own doesn’t necessarily lead to better outcomes for consumers. It is the problem of choice overload which is particularly when you have complex problems and a lack of expertise.’The proposals were also questioned by Daniel van Binsbergen, chief executive of Lexoo, a business which runs an online platform giving clients a choice of lawyers to instruct based on reviews and price.Van Binsbergen said consumers are keen to know more about providers’ costs, but forcing firms to embrace transparency was the wrong way to facilitate that.‘It is not necessary to force lawyers to provide pricing up front as long as there is an environment which companies can operate and offer transparent services. As soon as clients get used to that level there will be a complete shift. I am in favour of the market solving that instead of lawyers coming up with very difficult [cost] grids.’last_img read more

Holloway: We could be a good team

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesIan Holloway felt QPR showed their potential in the 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday.Jamie Mackie scored for the R’s at Hillsborough, where they maintained their unbeaten start to the season. AdChoices广告There were encouraging signs as Holloway’s side battled well and created a number of openings.“We gave a good account of ourselves,” Rangers boss Holloway said.Embed from Getty Images“As a group we managed to come through a wobbly spell and maybe could have won it at the end.“We’re improving, we’re learning, and there were lots of bits of it I really liked.“I enjoyed my team’s performance and I enjoyed their effort. I enjoyed watching my team today, which a few times last season I probably wouldn’t have said.“I feel a lot happier, a lot better, and I think they feel a lot happier. We possibly could be a good team at the end of this whole season – one other people might actually look at and think ‘Wow, they ain’t bad.”Sam Winnall’s goal early in the second half earned a point for Wednesday, who missed chances to take the lead.Holloway added: “I’ll have to settle for a point. Would have I have settled for that before the game? Probably not, because I know what my team are capable of.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Mackie scores as QPR earn a pointWednesday v QPR player ratingsEze scores hat-trick in QPR Under-23 gameHill describes extraordinary Hughes snubQPR target Hoban faces long spell outQPR duo receive call-upsHolloway keen to see how far QPR have progressedlast_img read more

Mona Shores girls cross country team takes second place at Mason County event

first_imgShares Not relevant (1445) Inappropriate / Offensive LocalSportsJournal.comThe Mona Shores girls’ cross country team took second behind Ludington at the Mason County Central Invitational on Saturday.Top runners for the Sailors in the meet were Adele Cory, Madeline Eckerman, Mieke Hart, and Marissa VanderMolen.Fruitport finishes fourth in FremontThe Fruitport girls’ cross country team finished fourth in a field of eight teams on Saturday at the Fremont Hill and Bale Invitational.Leading Fruitport was Faith Clark, who finished seventh overall with a time of 21:47. Other top Trojan runners were Kendra Johnson (23:15), Taylor Burke (24:52), Abby Sykes (25:08) and Kallie Fehler (26:14). DEAL OF THE DAY $22.99 Displayed poorly Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. DEAL OF THE DAY Inappropriate / Offensive Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Mail Fox Sports Go (8133) FOX Sports: Stream live NFL, College Footbal… Not relevant Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY × $19.29 Report a problem This item is… Shop Now DEAL OF THE DAY Displayed poorly Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant Displayed poorly Bestseller $0.00 × ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Report a problem This item is… $14.99 Other Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN (32825) Bestseller Report a problem This item is… Report a problem This item is… × $0.00 ENDS IN ENDS IN Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Displayed poorly (832) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Bestseller × Report a problem This item is… (3879) Inappropriate / Offensive Add Comments (Max 320 characters) DEAL OF THE DAYcenter_img Bestseller Twelve Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Special… Other Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Displayed poorly Other Displayed poorly Share ENDS IN Ads by Amazon Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. × Not relevant Displayed poorly Other Report a problem This item is… Share Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets, Citru… Not relevant (35309) ENDS IN Sports Illustrated Report a problem This item is… × Inappropriate / Offensive Inappropriate / Offensive Displayed poorly DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Other (5153) Not relevant Other × Not relevant Lemedy Women Padded Sports Bra Fitness Wo… Inappropriate / Offensive $20.00$233.61 Inappropriate / Offensive $0.00 Bestseller Other × Report a problem This item is… Add Comments (Max 320 characters) Not relevant DEAL OF THE DAY NBC Sports Add Comments (Max 320 characters) ENDS IN (975) Bestseller Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Other $9.99 Bestsellerlast_img read more

Intellectual Property: Alice Ruling Limits Patentability of Business Processes

first_imgDuring the last two years “software patents” have become extremely difficult to obtain because of a 2014 court ruling called ‘Alice’.  Just taking a business process and reimplementing it in software isn’t enough to be able to claim originality and patentability.  These types of patents were disqualified in the court case ruling Alice v. CLS Bank in June 2014.According to a study by Fenwick and West, more than 400 patents have been invalidated because of the Alice ruling two years ago.  Patenting business processes has become extremely difficult to be able to do given this new ruling.Section 101 of Title 35 of US patent law says that patents can be granted to protect any process, machine, manufacture or composition of matter, with the three exceptions of: laws of nature, physical phenomena, and abstract ideas.  In the Alice case, it was determined that software business patents were being applied to abstract ideas, and because of that, are invalid.After the Alice ruling, nearly 82 percent of all business process patent applications were rejected by the patent office, compared to roughly 32 percent prior to the Alice ruling.David Kappos, a former director of the patent office, is quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek saying that invalidation of patents is “out of control” and has “definitely gone too far.  Important software innovations that are highly technical are being deemed unpatentable.  You can get software patents allowed in both China and Europe that aren’t allowable in the U.S. anymore.”last_img read more

NWS confirms a tornado touched down in Dallas

first_img(AP) — The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Dallas on Sunday night, causing structural damage and knocking out electricity to thousands.Meteorologist Jason Godwin said radar confirmed the twister hit the ground near Love Field Airport and moved northeast through the city, at around 9 p.m. There were no reports of fatalities or serious injuries as of 12:20 a.m. Monday, according to a release from the city of Dallas, but Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans says three people were hospitalized for evaluation of non-life-threatening injuries.Local media outlets reported several homes and businesses were damaged, power lines downed and tree limbs were scattered across roadways. The city said there were reports of gas leaks north of Walnut Hill. Most of the damage within Dallas was limited to the northwest, with Evans defining the area as bordered by Royal Lane to the north and Northwest Highway to the south, as well as Harry Hines Boulevard to the west and Interstate 75 to the east.Nearly 140,000 electric customers were without power as of 4 a.m., according to Oncor’s online outage map. The electric utility said storms across East Texas had caused significant damage to power lines.“Currently there is not an estimated time of restoration, however we are working to restore power as quickly and safely as possible,” Oncor said in a statement on its website.Around 65,000 of the affected electric customers were within Dallas, according to the city, which said it would open a shelter by 2 a.m.Search teams conducted primary assessments on accessible structures for six hours overnight, but were hampered by “limited access and lack of proper lighting,” Evans said. A second set of teams were to resume search efforts in daylight.Seven people escaped a structure that collapsed in northwest Dallas, but Dallas Fire-Rescue were searching to see if anyone was left inside, Evans said. WFAA-TV reported that a convenience store collapsed in the storm, but the clerk told the station that everyone who was inside made it out safely.Evans said the department had also received multiple calls from people injured in their homes by broken glass.On Twitter, Dallas Fire-Rescue said one of its own stations sustained significant damage during the storms overnight, and included photos that appeared to show a collapsed roof and debris. Evans said in another release that none of the firefighters at Station 41 were hurt, but the station was left “uninhabitable after the roof, and other parts of the structure, was mostly removed by the high winds.”A radio station, KNON-FM, went off the air as the studio suffered major damage from the tornado. Lew Morris, one of the hosts of “Reckless Rock Radio” was preparing for the show at the station while another show was broadcasting. He told The Associated Press in a Facebook message that the power at the station went out first, followed by the “distinctive whistle” of a tornado within three minutes.He said there were three staffers in the building, which he described as having a lot of large glass windows. He told the host of the show that had been broadcasting to follow him to the bathroom, to get away from all the glass.“We then heard the building shaking and could hear the glass windows shattering everywhere along with debris banging around. We waited until all the noise died down,” Morris told the AP. “We walked out to see the studio he was just broadcasting from destroyed.”Morris — whose own car was covered by a tree — said the third staff member took shelter in a stairwell. It’s unclear when the station will begin broadcasting again, but Morris says he’s heard there might be a temporary set-up from which they can broadcast.Godwin, the meteorologist, said the size and severity of the tornado won’t be known until crews arrive to survey the damage. NWS warning coordination meteorologist Jennifer Dunn told the AP there may have been two or more tornadoes in north Texas, but reiterated that the extent wouldn’t be known until later Monday afternoon, after survey teams assess the damage.The storm happened as multiple severe thunderstorm watches and warnings covered portions of four counties, including Dallas County, and more stormy weather was expected in the area during the overnight hours.North of Dallas, the city of Richardson said in a release that thoroughfares “used by thousands of morning commuters” will be closed while workers clear debris and repair downed traffic lights. No injuries in the affluent suburb were reported, but more than 7,000 Oncor customers within Richardson lost power, including some school campuses. Richardson is home to the University of Texas at Dallas and bills itself as “the second largest employment center in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metro area.”The city of Sachse, a northeast suburb of Dallas, said in a release that six houses “sustained significant high-wind damage after severe weather moved through the area Sunday night.” Four homes were left uninhabitable, but no injuries had been reported.Citing extensive damage to campuses, the Dallas Independent School District canceled Monday classes at six schools: David G. Burnet Elementary School, Leonides Gonzalez Cigarroa Elementary School, John J. Pershing Elementary School, Walnut Hill Elementary School, Edward H. Cary Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. The district also advised students that bus routes from those campuses to magnet and choice schools would not run Monday. The Episcopal School of Dallas also canceled classes and asked people to avoid campus “until further notice while damage is assessed and crews work to clean up.” The schools are all in northwest Dallas.Dallas police said officers in one part of the city were going door-to-door to check on residents.last_img read more

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first_imgThe ATA is wanting your opinion on the NTL logo. Do you think that the logo is: A: Terrible, the style has nothing to do with Touch and it needs a colour change B: Satisfactory, not brilliant/not terrible, but what else could be done? or C: Great, encompasses Touch Australia-wide and the colours are the Aussie green and gold Simply go to the poll on the right hand side of the page and enter your vote!last_img

10 months agoBayern Munich keen to replace Robben with Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi

first_imgBayern Munich keen to replace Robben with Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoiby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich want to replace Arjen Robben with Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.The Sun says the Chelsea youngster is the German giants’ top transfer target in a £30million deal this month.And he will get the No10 next season when Robben leaves the club, showing the teenager how highly they rate him.Robben is a club legend with seven Bundesliga titles and a Champions League triumph during his time at Allianz Arena.As a Chelsea player Robben won two Premier League titles with Chelsea as well as an FA Cup before he was sold to Real Madrid in 2007.Hudson-Odoi is seen as the face of a bright future for the club and has refused to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge, with the prospect of following Jadon Sancho to Germany appealing after finding chances limited.Chelsea have twice rejected bids from Bayern, with the Blues reportedly demanding a package of £36m for the winger. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoJagielka backing Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson for England call

first_imgTagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jagielka backing Sheffield Utd keeper Henderson for England callby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been backed for success at international level with England.Henderson again impressed in Sheffield United’s win over Everton on Saturday.“I know Deano is desperate to get in there and get his international debut,” Henderson’s Blades teammate Phil Jagielka said.“He just has to keep his head down here and keep doing the right things. And, above all, keep putting in performances like he did against Everton.“It is all about getting experience when you are a young goalkeeper like Dean.“No matter how good you are, you have to have that experience. He will need to make mistakes. He will need to have the highs and lows.“But I think you could see afterwards just how excited he was. He was then trying to talk his way through the game in the changing room.“What I like is he is a little bit of a perfectionist. That is what you want. He will only grow as a character and as an individual.” last_img read more