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US official: Research finds uranium in Navajo women, babies

Oct. 7, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — About a quarter of Navajo women and some infants who were part of a federally funded study on uranium exposure had high levels of the radioactive metal in their systems, decades after mining for Cold War weaponry ended on their reservation, a U.S. health official Monday. The early...

What we know about the US vaping illness outbreak

Oct. 3, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

U.S. health officials continue to look for patterns in the hundreds of serious lung injuries reported in people who use electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices. A look at what we know so far about the outbreak and the investigation: WHO IS GETTING SICK? The latest tally is 1,080 confirmed and probable...

Washington to issue flavored vape ban, joining other states

Sep. 27, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed about a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order Friday asking the state Board...

Juul stops e-cigarette ads as teen vaping, illnesses grow

Sep. 25, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Juul Labs Inc. will stop advertising its electronic cigarettes in the U.S. and replace its chief executive as mysterious breathing illnesses and an explosion in teen vaping have triggered efforts to crack down on the largely unregulated industry. The nation's largest e-cigarette maker and...

Massachusetts temporarily banning sale of vaping products

Sep. 24, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The governor of Massachusetts declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state, apparently the first action of its kind in the nation. Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's order was quickly approved by the state Public Health...

The Latest: Massachusetts panel OKs ban on vape sales

Sep. 24, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a ban on all vaping products in Massachusetts: (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The Massachusetts Public Health Council has unanimously approved a four-month ban on the sale of vaping products in the state. The call came from Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who also declared a public...

US official expects 'hundreds more' cases of vaping illness

Sep. 24, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. could soon climb much higher, a public health official said Tuesday. Dr. Anne Schuchat, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a congressional subcommittee that she believes "hundreds more" lung illnesses have been...

Climate change threatens health in Northwest

Sep. 22, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Around this time last year, news outlets blared alarming headlines: Breathing the air outside was as bad as smoking several cigarettes. Wildfire haze blotted out the sun and turned the moon orange. Weather apps simply listed the forecast as "smoke." Just because this summer has been clear,...

Anti-smoking advocates bemoan "faltering" pace of FDA action

Aug. 29, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It seemed like a new era in the half-century battle against the deadly toll of tobacco: U.S. health officials for the first time would begin regulating cigarettes, chew and other products responsible for a half-million American deaths annually. "The decades-long effort to protect our...

Russian doctor has trace of radiation after explosion

Aug. 23, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — More than 100 Russian medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday. The Aug. 8 incident at the Russian navy's range in Nyonoksa on the...