Abby Goodnough, New York Times Published 11:05 am PDT, Saturday, May 18, 2019 A large cache of fentanyl seized by police officers. A large cache of fentanyl seized by police officers. Photo: By Register Staff / Photo Courtesy Of Derby Police Photo: By Register Staff / Photo Courtesy Of Derby Police Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 A large cache of fentanyl seized by police officers. A large cache of fentanyl seized by police officers. Photo: By Register Staff / Photo Courtesy Of Derby Police Heroin is vanishing as fentanyl swamps streets 1 / 1 Back to Gallery BALTIMORE — Heroin has ravaged this city since the early 1960s, fueling desperation and crime that remain … [Read more...] about Heroin is vanishing as fentanyl swamps streets
Gum disease and heart disease
MORE evidence to suggest that e-cigs are bad for our health has emerged. New research into vaping has found that users are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, coronary artery disease, and depression compared with those who don't smoke anything. "When the risk of heart attack increases by as much as 55 percent among e-cigarettes users compared to nonsmokers, I wouldn't want any of my patients nor my family members to vape," said lead author, Dr Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita. "When we dug deeper, we found that regardless of how frequently someone uses e-cigarettes, daily or just on some days, they are still more likely to have a heart attack or coronary artery disease." Up until now, we haven't known a lot about how e-cigs might hinder heart health but this new data should be a "real wake-up call", said Dr Vindhyal. Vaping devices work by heating e-liquid which tends to contain nicotine and other chemicals. … [Read more...] about Puffing on e-cigarettes ‘increases risk of heart attack and depression’
WASHINGTON — A major new study provides the strongest evidence yet that vaping can help smokers quit cigarettes, with e-cigarettes proving nearly twice as effective as nicotine gums and patches. The British research, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, could influence what doctors tell their patients and shape the debate in the U.S., where the Food and Drug Administration has come under pressure to more tightly regulate the burgeoning industry amid a surge in teenage vaping. "We know that patients are asking about e-cigarettes and many doctors haven't been sure what to say," said Dr. Nancy Rigotti, a tobacco treatment specialist at Harvard Medical School who was not involved in the study. "I think they now have more evidence to endorse e-cigarettes." At the same time, Rigotti and other experts cautioned that no vaping products have been approved in the U.S. to help smokers quit. Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable death worldwide, blamed for nearly 6 … [Read more...] about E-cigs outperform patches and gums in quit-smoking study
Editor's note:This column is written by Dr. David L. Fischman, professor of medicine at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and Dr. Michael P. Savage, the Ralph J. Roberts Professor of Cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University. Co-directors of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, they will write occasionally on topics related to heart health.• • •The use of aspirin dates back more than a century. Known by its chemical name acetylsalicylic acid, it was first synthesized in 1899 as a replacement for the naturally occurring salicylic acid, which came from willow bark extract long known for its effect on reducing fever, pain and inflammation. Given the name Aspirin by the manufacturing firm Bayer, its popularity and use spread worldwide. The first recognition of aspirin in preventing blood clotting came from the observations of Lawrence Craven in 1950. A family practitioner who … [Read more...] about Will an aspirin a day keep a heart attack away?
DOG owners reveal ways of combating their pup's bad breath include chewing gum, facial hair-cuts and brushing teeth with human toothpaste, according to a study. Giving dogs snacks that ‘improve’ their breath, handing them fresh mint leaves to chew and keeping the lid closed so your hound doesn't drink from the toilet are other ways to ensure your four-legged-friend's mouth doesn't stink. The survey of 2,000 dog owners revealed over half believe their dog suffers from bad breath – and yet the same percentage think this whiffy affliction is normal for canines, when it can actually be a symptom of poor dental health. Only a fifth of those polled would worry about dog breath being a sign of a serious health problem. However, six in 10 owners admitted to having tried to combat their dog’s bad breath and over half have used a dental chew to do this. Rodney Zasman, a leading London veterinary surgeon, said: “A lot of dog owners aren’t aware of how important … [Read more...] about Dog owners reveal bizarre ways to tackle pets’ bad breath including giving them a haircut and feeding them CARROTS