Teens flock to flavored vaping. Mango, strawberry, mint e-cigarettes hide grave health dangers

High schoolers rallying in downtown Los Angeles this week chanted “Fight the flavor” as they showed their support for banning the flavored tobacco products that health experts say are fueling an epidemic of nicotine addiction among youths. Among the demonstrators was Jennyfer Cortez, 16, who said she tried an e-cigarette Continue Reading

Study shows nearly half of cancer patients who enter a comprehensive tobacco treatment program quit smoking

In the largest smoking cessation study of cancer patients to date, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that comprehensive tobacco treatment can help cancer patients successfully quit and abstain from smoking. The prospective study, published today in JAMA Network Open, analyzed 3,245 smokers treated in Continue Reading

Researchers uncover molecular changes associated with treating lymphatic filariasis

The Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis delivers mass drug administration to 500 million people each year, and adverse events are common following treatment. Now, researchers have reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases that certain changes in gene expression are associated with these adverse events. Lymphatic filariasis (LF) is a Continue Reading

Immune response against Toxocara roundworms helps explain disease

Neurotoxocarosis (NT) occurs in humans when larvae of the Toxocara roundworm migrate into the central nervous system. That infection is accompanied by a complex molecular signaling cascade, including changes to anti-inflammatory lipid molecules, researchers now report in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Toxocara roundworms are globally distributed and carried by animals Continue Reading

Researchers identify metabolic cycles in baby teeth linked to ADHD and autism in children

Mount Sinai researchers have identified elemental signatures in baby teeth that are unique to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, and cases when both neurodevelopment conditions are present, which suggests that the metabolic regulation of nutrients and toxins play a role in these diseases, according to a study published in Continue Reading

Medical management vs. mechanical thrombectomy for mild strokes: Same safety and effectiveness

The use of clot retrieval devices to treat patients with ischemic stroke has risen steadily since the technology was first approved by the FDA nearly eight years ago. The minimally invasive procedure, known as mechanical thrombectomy, uses an X-ray guided device to physically remove a blood clot blocking a large Continue Reading