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Past articles by Salynn:

High E-Cig Use by U.S. Adults Who Just Quit Regular Cigarettes

Use of electronic cigarettes appeared to have stabilized among U.S. adults in 2018, with cigarette smokers who had recently kicked the habit reporting the highest rates of ever- and current e-cigarette use, according to national survey data. In 2018, 3.2% of surveyed adults (ages 18 and older) reported regular current e-cigarette use, which was the same percentage as in 2016, reported Maria… → Read More

Severity of Kids' Opioid Poisoning on the Rise

Teens turning to opioids to attempt suicide, national data indicates → Read More

No Sedation: An Option in Mechanically Ventilated ICU Patients

No differences in 90-day mortality, length of ICU stay, versus light sedation → Read More

LAMA Appears Safe for COPD Patients With Recent Exacerbations

Subgroup data from the ASCENT trial presented at CHEST 2019 → Read More

CDC: Overdose Death Rates Now Highest in Cities

But rural women are still dying at higher rates than urban women → Read More

Asthma Specialists Attack Return of Primatene Mist

FDA approval process, clinical need questioned in commentary → Read More

Sleep Deprived-Patients in ICU May Fail to Get Off Ventilation

Pathological wakefulness in ICU could predict ventilator dependence → Read More

CDC: Youth Tobacco Use Increased in 2018, Erasing Long Decline

Rapid rise in e-cigarette use was responsible for increase → Read More

Altria's Snuff Safer Than Cigarettes, FDA Panel Agrees

Advisory group backs wording of Copenhagen modified-risk claim → Read More

Dramatic Increase in Teens' Smoking Risk With Previous Vaping

Greatest impact on lowest-risk teens in prospective study → Read More

Meta-Analysis: Vitamin D Pills Lower COPD Exacerbation Risk

Vitamin D supplements reduced moderate to severe COPD exacerbations in patients with low circulating levels of its 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OH-D) metabolite at baseline, a meta-analysis indicated. But no such effect was seen for patients with at least normal 25-OH-D levels (at least 25 nmol/L) prior to supplementation, according to Adrian Martineau of Queen Mary University in London, and… → Read More

Food Allergy: Not Just a Kids' Problem

Affects more than 26 million U.S. adults -- but half of those who think they have allergies are undiagnosed → Read More

Poor Rural Kids May Face Higher Smoke Exposure

Fifteen percent, ages 6-48 months, had exposures comparable to active adult smokers → Read More

CDC: Progress on Secondhand Smoke Stalls

1 in 4 nonsmokers, including 14 million children, exposed → Read More

CDC: 3.6 Million Teens Using E-Cigarettes in 2018

New data suggest birth of a new generation of nicotine addicts → Read More

Rural Poverty is Independent COPD Risk Factor

People living in poor, rural areas are more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), even if they are not smokers, researchers report. The prevalence of the disease among people living in poverty in rural locations was nearly twice that of the population as a whole (15.4% versus 8.4%) in one of the first studies to examine individual, community, and geographic risk factors… → Read More

CDC: Adult Smoking Hits Record Low

Just 14% reported cigarette use in 2017 -- but dramatically higher in those with GED diplomas → Read More

Juul Drops E-Cig Education Program for Schools

Plan to offer 'science-based resources on vaping' were 'misunderstood,' company said → Read More

Clinical Challenges: Sleep Problems in Parkinson's Patients

Meds that improve some symptoms can exacerbate others → Read More

Study: Men Who Smoke Unaware of Erectile Dysfunction Risk

Impotence warnings might motivate men to kick the habit → Read More