Here’s what we know today about the dangers of vaping

Here's what we know today about the dangers of vaping

Florida International University psychologists Elisa Trucco and Matthew Sutherland are in a race to find answers about the impact of e-cigarettes on the adolescent brain. Calls to the FIU Center for Children and Families have been increasing as concerned parents are trying to understand the effects of e-cigarettes. Trucco and Sutherland are leading one of the first studies to examine decision-making as it relates to vaping devices.

E-cigarette use, or vaping, among teens has skyrocketed in recent years. According to the surgeon general, vaping among high school students increased by 900 percent from 2011 to 2015. The nation is now scrambling to find effective ways to discourage vaping and educate misinformed teens and their parents on the dangers of e-cigarette use in what the FDA is calling an epidemic.

Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of nicotine because their brains are still rapidly developing, according to Trucco and Sutherland. Research is critical to help clinicians improve prevention programming and assist policymakers in deciding how to continue regulating these products, they said. Their current project—Antecedents and Consequences of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ACE)—is funded by the National Institutes of Health as part of a collaborative research study between the FIU Center for Children and Families and the Research Center in Minority Institutions. They are studying what influences an adolescent’s decision to use or not use e-cigarettes, vaping devices or other electronic nicotine delivery systems and how that decision may affect other risky behaviors and the developing brain.

While Trucco and Sutherland are currently recruiting participants for the study, there are some facts they want parents to know.

Most e-cigarettes contain the highly addictive drug nicotine

Most types of e-cigarettes, including the most popular brand Juul, contain nicotine, the addictive drug found in traditional tobacco cigarettes. One Juul pod contains roughly the same amount of nicotine found in 20 cigarettes (or one pack). Nicotine is highly addictive and can cause brain changes leading to compulsive use of e-cigarettes.

Long-term effects of vaping are unknown

Although e-cigarettes were developed in part to help adult smokers cut their tobacco-use and to provide a “healthier” alternative, no study has yet been conducted that can provide information on the long-term effects of e-cigarette use. Due to the recent dramatic increase in e-cigarette use, preliminary findings are now showing that there is a negative effect on heart and lung function associated with e-cigarette use. However, there is still no definitive answer on whether these risks outweigh the benefits of switching from traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Vaping leads to higher risk of cigarette smoking in teens

Teenage e-cigarette users are actually at a higher risk of smoking tobacco cigarettes compared to non-users. More than 30 percent of adolescent e-cigarette users start smoking traditional tobacco cigarettes within six months.

Vaping can produce second-hand effects

Although e-cigarettes do not produce smoke, breathing in the second-hand vapor is not harmless. The aerosol from e-cigarettes contains many potentially harmful chemicals, including lead and other heavy metals. It also has flavorings including diacetyl, which has been linked to lung disease. The second-hand vapor can also contain nicotine, which when inhaled by non-users can increase their risk of becoming nicotine dependent. There is also the danger of third-hand exposure, which occurs when residual nicotine from the second-hand vapor remains on surfaces and is absorbed through unintentional ingestion or through the skin via contact.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter: Beth is ‘not doing good’ amid cancer return

Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman offered an update on his wife Beth Chapman’s condition after her throat cancer returned.

“Please say a prayer,” the Dog the Bounty Hunter alum, 65, told TMZ on Wednesday, November 28. “She’s not doing good.”

The couple’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, chimed in to thank those who have extended well wishes since news of Beth’s diagnosis broke. “We really appreciate the prayers of our fans. We really appreciate the support of our fans,” she said. “We’re all so devastated. We love our mommy so much, and thank you guys for being here. We’ve got such an amazing outpour from our fans. … Poor daddy.”

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Dog added: “I wish she could’ve been here tonight.”

A source confirmed to Us Weekly that doctors found cancer while Beth was undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday, November 27. The 51-year-old initially revealed her diagnosis of stage II throat cancer in September 2017, but the pair revealed she was cancer-free nearly one year ago.

Dog opened up exclusively to Us following Beth’s operation. “She had a lump in her throat twice the size of last time, and they performed an emergency surgery yesterday,” he explained. “They cut a hole in her throat so she can breathe; she can still talk. … [She’s] doing the best she can and remains incredibly strong.”

The reality star gave Us another update on Wednesday. “They got most of the throat cancer out,” he noted. “Her airway is clear now, but the doctors are afraid that it has spread. They are doing a biopsy scan to check if it has spread. … Last time it didn’t spread at all, so we’re hoping the same thing.”

He continued: “I’m here every moment I can be for her. I’ve never had to go through anything like this in my entire life. I love my honey so much. I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”

According to an insider, Beth “knew something was up” before learning of her diagnosis. “Beth had not been feeling well for a number of months and finally decided to get checked out,” the source told Us. “She needed to see her specialist, who is based in Los Angeles. Thankfully, she did when she did. It could have been dramatically worse if she never had that appointment.”

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Cancer cells’ use of sugar holds the key to their destruction

Scientists have suggested a way to improve treatments that use viruses to attack cancer. It exploits the fact that cancer cells need a lot of glucose and must metabolize it rapidly to survive.
cancer cells

Cutting down cancer cells’ sugar supply could make them more vulnerable to treatment.

Oncolytic viruses specifically target and enter cancer cells and use the cells’ machinery for their own multiplication and spread.

They destroy tumors from the inside without harming nearby healthy tissue.

A recent study proposes that restricting the cancer cells’ supply of glucose, and altering their ability to metabolize it, may strengthen the power of oncolytic viruses.

The research team, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, used mouse models and cells from ovarian, lung, and colon tumors in order to demonstrate the effect.

Cancer Research UK sponsored the study, and a paper on the work features in the journal Cancer Research.

“Our research in the lab,” says lead study author Arthur Dyer, who is currently a Ph.D. student in the university’s oncology department, “showed that restricting the amount of sugar available to cancer cells makes these cancer-attacking oncolytic viruses work even better.”

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Dog the Bounty Hunter: Beth is ‘not doing good’ amid cancer return

“Please say a prayer,” the Dog the Bounty Hunter alum, 65, told TMZ on Wednesday, November 28. “She’s not doing good.”

The couple’s daughter, Lyssa Chapman, chimed in to thank those who have extended well wishes since news of Beth’s diagnosis broke. “We really appreciate the prayers of our fans. We really appreciate the support of our fans,” she said. “We’re all so devastated. We love our mommy so much, and thank you guys for being here. We’ve got such an amazing outpour from our fans. … Poor daddy.”

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Duane Chapman and Beth Chapman together
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Dog added: “I wish she could’ve been here tonight.”

A source confirmed to Us Weekly that doctors found cancer while Beth was undergoing emergency surgery on Tuesday, November 27. The 51-year-old initially revealed her diagnosis of stage II throat cancer in September 2017, but the pair revealed she was cancer-free nearly one year ago.

Dog opened up exclusively to Us following Beth’s operation. “She had a lump in her throat twice the size of last time, and they performed an emergency surgery yesterday,” he explained. “They cut a hole in her throat so she can breathe; she can still talk. … [She’s] doing the best she can and remains incredibly strong.”

The reality star gave Us another update on Wednesday. “They got most of the throat cancer out,” he noted. “Her airway is clear now, but the doctors are afraid that it has spread. They are doing a biopsy scan to check if it has spread. … Last time it didn’t spread at all, so we’re hoping the same thing.”

He continued: “I’m here every moment I can be for her. I’ve never had to go through anything like this in my entire life. I love my honey so much. I don’t know what I’m gonna do.”

According to an insider, Beth “knew something was up” before learning of her diagnosis. “Beth had not been feeling well for a number of months and finally decided to get checked out,” the source told Us. “She needed to see her specialist, who is based in Los Angeles. Thankfully, she did when she did. It could have been dramatically worse if she never had that appointment.”

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A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

The quote “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind” is perfect for the stunning actress; Sushmita Sen. The 43 year old actress is definitely ageing gracefully and we cannot stop admiring her. It goes without saying that the talented woman is a diva. A fitness enthusiast, the actress is a genius when it comes to her fitness and health. The actress never fails to inspire and motivate her fans with her strenuous exercises. Sushmita Sen who turns 43 today has been active on social media, and is seen sharing her workout videos time and again.

Also read: Here’s How Fatima Sana Shaikh Trained For Zafira In Thugs Of Hindostan: Her Fitness Videos Will Make You Hit The Gym Instantly!

Here’s a peak into her workout videos:

The former Miss Universe has always maintained a healthy lifestyle and always tries to push her limits. In her recent Instagram post, the actress was seen doing an aerial exercise. The actress surely believes in constant practice and being fearless. Practice is the key which helps you achieve your desired goals. This is evident from her caption in the Instagram post. The post said, “Being fearless does not mean the lack of fear, it simply means less fear, more courage.”

Sushmita Sen loves sweating it out in the gym. She always experiments with her workouts. From head planks to kickboxing to Pilates the actress puts in a lot of effort in her workout regimes. The actress also does Pilates, which is great for toning the body. It enhances your muscle strength, focuses on your core and increases your flexibility. Her Instagram post are filled with words of inspiration and will make you hit the gym right now

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Happy Birthday Kartik Aaryan: Diet And Fitness Routine Of The Lukka Chhupi Actor

Happy Birthday Kartik Aaryan: Diet And Fitness Routine Of The Lukka Chhupi Actor

Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan is celebrating his 30th birthday today. The dapper actor, who is known for his roles in the ‘Pyaar ka Punchnama’ movies, is going to be seen opposite Kriti Sanon in ‘Lukka Chhupi’ next. The actor was shooting in his hometown Gwalior for the same and he created quite a wave among his fans in the city. The good-looking actor also seems to be a gym freak, as is evident from the multiple workout videos he has posted on his Instagram page. We’re all fans of his lean torso and fit physique, which he obviously works very hard to maintain. Recently Kartik Aaryan made headlines after ‘Kedarnath’ actor Sara Ali Khan said that she would like to date him. This statement of Sara Ali Khan sent a wave of excitement among the netizens, who seemingly started shipping this good looking duo already. Well, we aren’t complaining either!

Coming to Kartik Aaryan, the actor seems like he takes a lot of care of his diet and maintains a strict fitness regime in order to look as physically fit as he does. Here is a look at birthday boy Kartik Aaryan’s diet and fitness routine, which you all may want to steal.

Kartik Aryan Diet Secrets

The actor told NDTV in an interview that the one diet tip that he follows without fail is the consumption of lukewarm water with lemon and honey first thing in the morning, because he believes that it helps in cutting fat accumulation. He also said that staying hydrated is very important to keeping fit. He might be keeping his daily diet austere and simple, but he sure doesn’t shy away from indulging once in a while. Here’s a look at Kartik Aaryan enjoying a plate of fries and drinks during a midnight swim in Singapore:

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Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Youthful 43-Year-Old

Former Bollywood actor and beauty queen Sushmita Sen has quite an active presence on social media. The super fit actor is celebrating her 43rd birthday today and let’s just admit it- Sushmita Sen doesn’t look a day older than 30! The former Miss Universe kick-started her birthday by spending some quality time with her family and rumoured boyfriend Rohman Shawl. Sen posted pictures of herself celebrating her special day with Shawl, her daughters Renee and Alisah, her brother Rajeev Sen and her mother. The Instagram post showed that the actor was feeling particularly loved on her birthday. She even cut a delicious-looking dessert, which, from the looks of it, is a cheesecake of some kind. The family appeared to have gone on an outing and the pictures suggested it was a high-end dining place or a hotel. Either way, it’s clear that Sushmita Sen is having the time of her life, looking as lovely and youthful as ever.

It’s obvious that you don’t just end up looking as fit and as beautiful as Sushmita Sen does, without doing anything! The beauty, who was crowned Miss Universe in 1994, is an inspiration to millions of women around the world. Sen posts a lot of workout and fitness videos of herself and her two daughters on Instagram, which gives us a peak into the healthy lifestyle that she is teaching her daughters to lead. Let’s take a look at Sushmita Sen’s own diet and fitness routine to see what keeps the svelte star so fit, even at 43.

Happy Birthday Sushmita Sen: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Youthful 43-Year-Old

Summer skin care: Try these 5 Ayurvedic remedies to protect your skin from the sun

Skin toners are very important for people with oily or acne-prone skin as they cleanse the skin and close the pores by tightening the cell gaps. Make one at home using aloe vera.

Summer can be fun despite the sweltering heat if one knows how to take good care of the skin and hair. Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays by putting together some simple natural ingredients that are available in every household.

Here are some Ayurvedic tips for tackling skin issues in summer.

*Skin hydration is the key: Ayurveda mentions that ‘Snigdhata’ (meaning internal hydration) of the body is the key to fight multiple skin-related issues. One should schedule water drinking reminders across the day. Carry a water bottle to avoid thirsty outings and travels. Replace aerated drinks, tea and coffee with coconut water, thandai, kokum sharbat, lemon juice, buttermilk, khas drink, sugarcane juice, etc.

*Mind the heat: According to Ayurveda, the basic reason behind blood impurification and skin disorders is sudden temperature changes. Avoid stepping out directly from AC rooms into the sun and vice-versa.

Carry a water bottle to avoid thirsty outings and travels. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

*Try Ayurvedic DIY (Do it Yourself) face mask: Use multani mitti face mask in combination with milk for dry skin, honey for oily skin and water for normal skin. This will improve the natural glow of the skin. One can also try a homemade face pack with smash boiled potatoes and 2 tbsp of lemon juice to bleach the skin.

*Spice up your life: Cinnamon has great anti-microbial properties. Powder it and mix with 1 tablespoon of honey and sugar granules. Use this mixture as a natural scrub to remove the dead skin from the face.

*Coat skin with layers of aloe vera and cucumber: Skin toners are very important for people with oily or acne-prone skin as they cleanse the skin and close the pores by tightening the cell gaps. Preparing a toner depending on your skin type will have a great effect. Mix apple cider, vinegar and water in 1:1 ratio and add half cup of green tea, cucumber juice and aloe vera gel. Shake it well and then apply it on the skin to soothe and repair it.

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Skin care tip of the day, replace sugar with herbs, spices to look younger

For smoother, younger skin, every nutritionist will ask you to stay away from sugar.

If you’ve been religiously following health guides and diet charts, you probably already know that sugar is your body’s biggest enemy. If you are not careful about your sugar consumption, you could be staring at a long list of fitness related problems. Almost every nutritionist will tell you to cut down on sugar. Why? There are many reasons.

According to the Diabetes Atlas published by the International Diabetes Federation, about 50 million people in India are diabetic, and the number is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025. It is not surprising that India has been called the ‘Diabetes Capital’ of the world.

Here’s how much hidden sugar is there in your everyday cereals and juices:

And of course, sugar tends to turn into calories and goes into our body’s fat reserves, one of the main reasons why you might find it difficult to lose weight.

Apart from these obvious health hazards, sugar is also linked to early ageing. Excess sugar in our diet can cause glycation – in which excess sugar molecules attach themselves to collagen fibres and ultimately cause them to lose strength and flexibility. The result: wrinkles, deep lines and sagging skin.

Here’s how you can reverse the effects of glycation and eat your way to a healthy, youthful skin.

According to Shailini Arvind, chief dietitian, Fortis Hospital Bangalore, “Adding spices such as ginger, cumin, black pepper, cinnamon and green tea can decrease the process of glycation. Vitamin C is yet another wonder pill that has been proven to have antioxidants and decrease stress on skin.”

 A simple rule to follow: consume a diet that consists of less processed food and more natural products such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and complex carbs. Our enemy is the simple sugar, or artificial sugar.

Bangalore-based nutrition and fitness expert Iram Zaidi agrees. “According to Ayurveda, refined white sugar is extremely kapha-provoking and can create heaviness, congestion and toxins in the system. Herbs possess infinite amount of healing benefits to help overcome sugar damage,” she says.

So, what are the best herbs to include in our diet? “Herbs like fenugreek, holy basil, jamun are well known for their blood-sugar lowering effects. Similarly, harada (black chebulic myrobalan) is also an amazing herb to include in your diet,” Zaidi adds. However, Zaidi warns that one should consult an Ayurvedic doctor before following a particular medicinal route.

Here are some other tried and tested methods to undo the sugar damage on your skin:

Try the Mediterranean diet: The core of this diet is based on ‘fresh is best’. There’s no processed food and everything is either natural or home-made. In fact, new research shows that a diet rich in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, like the diet eaten in Mediterranean regions where melanoma rates are extremely low, can help protect us from skin cancer.

More healthy fats: Consume more avocados, mackerel, olive oil, nuts, seeds, beans, squash and leafy greens.

Add more vitamin C: Citrusy fruits, berries are rich in antioxidants and help build collagen.

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To lose weight the right way, include these 6 superfoods in your diet

To stay fit and lose weight, you should consume more superfoods like quinoa and kale.

The success of your fitness and weight loss goals are totally governed by what you eat. And with the recent rise of lifestyle diseases in India, the saying couldn’t ring truer. To stay fit, or even lose weight, you need to ensure your diet has all the healthy foods. Superfoods like kale and chia seeds offer wholesome goodness. Moreover,they are not just high on nutrient value but also on taste. Rajesh Sawhney, Co-founder of Healthie.in and Rajiv Kumar, CEO of Culinate, list 6 healthy ingredients that will do you a lot of good:

Quinoa is a seed that belongs to the spinach/chard family, which is why it is called a pseudo-cereal or pseudo-grain. Quinoa is rich in protein and a lot of other vital nutrients such as magnesium, dietary fiber and vitamin B. It is also a good source of antioxidants called flavonoids and is a healthy alternative to rice.

Quinoa is rich in protein and is a healthy alternative to rice. (Shutterstock)

Kale is high in fiber, low on calorie and has zero fat. It is one of the most common ingredients in the healthy dishes prepared by restaurants. Apart from being highly nutritious, kale is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be added to pasta, green smoothies or can be simply tossed in a salad.

Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. A 28 gram, or 1ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein. Hence, they make it on the menu of most healthy food restaurants. These seeds can be added to smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt.

Nuts are often counted as good fats and are also rich in fiber and omega-3. Plant sterols are a substance present in nuts that helps in lowering the cholesterol level in the body. Nuts are a great source of L-arginine, which make the artery walls more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. You can make a nutty trail mix and simply munch on nuts in between meals or add them to your stir-fry.

ctivated charcoal is a natural ingredient that helps in flushing out toxins from the body. It not only helps in the detoxification of the body but also helps in digestive cleansing by alleviating problems like gas and bloating. Activated charcoal helps in fighting the signs of ageing too. Health restaurants incorporate activated charcoal in their healthy drinks and also in the breads and buns used for their special sandwiches and burgers.

Activated charcoal is a natural ingredient that helps in flushing out toxins from the body. (Shutterstock)

Beetroots contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification. It is an amazing source of iron but is often ignored due to its peculiar taste. Beetroots can be added to salads, smoothies or you could even add beetroot to your chapati dough to get that much-needed iron intake.

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