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Vaping Analysis Reveals Chemical Burns
Samples from patients who fell sick or died after using electronic cigarettes revealed scar tissue from inside the lungs resembling chemical burns, health officials said yesterday. The study was the most detailed examination to date of a mysterious epidemic linked to vaping, responsible for over 800 reported illnesses and 16 deaths across 46 states. Researchers said the burns were similar to those observed in cases of chemical spills or the inhalation of toxic gases, but were not able to determine which specific chemicals caused the damage. Previous studies focused on lung inflammation caused by vaporized oils - often used in off-market cartridges containing THC - though researchers found no signs of oil accumulation in the samples. As officials struggle to identify a cause, states have taken to banning flavored cartridges, which are favored by underage users. More than 25% of high school seniors say they've vaped in the past month, largely using flavored products.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) underwent emergency surgery to clear a blocked artery late Tuesday, aides announced yesterday. The procedure, which caused Sanders to cancel all upcoming campaign events, required the insertion of two heart stents (see how they work). According to reports, the 78-year-old sought a medical evaluation after experiencing chest pains following a campaign event in Las Vegas. Sanders is currently polling in third place (around 17%) behind Joe Biden (26%) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (24%), but has put a wide margin between the rest of the pack (see poll averages). While Sanders is the Democratic field's oldest candidate, he still dominates fundraising, having just reported a $25M third-quarter haul supplied by over 1.4 million donors.
He was said to be recovering and in good spirits following the procedure.
Plácido Domingo Steps Down
Renowned opera star and director of the Los Angeles Opera Plácido Domingo stepped down from his position yesterday amid ongoing allegations of sexual harassment. The 78-year-old Grammy-winning singer, who helped found the LA opera house, came under heavy criticism after 11 women came forward this summer accusing Domingo of improper sexual advances, including verbal abuse and groping. Despite the #MeToo movement putting sexual misconduct under the spotlight in industries like cinema and politics, critics have argued the music world remained relatively unaffected - the mounting allegations eventually moved prominent arts organizations to cancel his performances. Domingo denies the charges, saying he will work to clear his name, and still has a number of European appearances on his schedule.
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Politics & World Affairs
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Medium | Sophie Kleeman. Bouyed by Instagram and Facebook, astrology (along with other future-predicted psuedosciences) is experiencing a resurgence within mainstream pop culture. Once confined to back-room fortune tellers, apps like Co-Star and Pattern have been downloaded millions of times, mostly by young people. (Read)
Girls vs. Boys vs. Technology
Wall Street Journal | Julie Jargon. It's well known that boys tend to gravitate more towards video games, while girls spend more time on social media. Emerging research - including advanced brain imaging - now suggests the differences may be linked to how the brain's reward processing center differs in girls and boys. (Read, $$)
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Historybook: HBD American singer/songwriter Chubby Checker (1941); HBD Gwen Stefani (1969); East and West Germany are unified (1990); OJ Simpson acquitted of murdering ex-wife and her friend (1995); RIP Psycho actress Janet Leigh (2004).
"After you make a fool of yourself a few hundred times, you learn what works." - Gwen Stefani
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