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King County confirms 7th case of vaping-related lung disease

Nov. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — King County health officials have confirmed a new case of severe lung disease associated with vaping. The case brings the total number of patients in King County to seven since Sept. 20. The man who is in his 20s was hospitalized but is now recovering. Officials say they are investigating...

Hawaii health officials confirm 2 more vaping illness cases

Nov. 16, 2019 12:47 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two additional cases of vaping-related lung injury were confirmed in Hawaii, bringing the number of cases to four in the state, health officials said. The cases were related to the use of e-cigarette or vaping products and advised everyone “to stop vaping, no matter the substance or...

Unvaccinated students unenroll from school due to outbreak

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 AM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nineteen unvaccinated students were forced to temporarily unenroll from a Reno high school to avoid exposure during an outbreak of whooping cough. Unenrolling during the disease’s 21-day incubation period allows the Damonte Ranch High School students to avoid being classified as...

US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease

Nov. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EST

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older. The monthly infusion, which halves occurrences of sickle cell pain episodes, will carry a list...

Indiana reports 4th lung injury death linked to vaping

Nov. 15, 2019 3:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana health officials are reporting a fourth state resident has died of severe lung injuries linked to vaping. The Indiana State Department of Health in a report released Thursday said the state has had 55 confirmed cases of such injuries and another 57 probable cases. It says more...

Illinois health officials confirm 4th vaping-related death

Nov. 15, 2019 11:12 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A fourth Illinois resident has died after being hospitalized with a vaping-related lung injury. The Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold on Thursday declined to give the age of the victim or the time or location of the death, citing privacy concerns....

Second Missouri vaping death reported

Nov. 15, 2019 10:00 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri health officials say a woman’s death is the second in the state associated with the use of vaping products. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Friday that the unidentified woman was in her mid-50s. The department says that it concluded...

Vape shops owner plans to fight adding vaping to smoking ban

Nov. 15, 2019 9:55 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Lincoln and Lancaster County are taking steps toward adding vaping to the local ban in indoor smoking, prompting a vow from a woman who owns three Lincoln vape product shops that she’ll fight any such effort. The Lincoln-Lancaster County Board of Health on Tuesday...

Congo’s president hopes Ebola outbreak will end this year

Nov. 15, 2019 8:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi says he’s hopeful the Ebola outbreak in his country will end in the coming weeks. Tshisekedi said Friday a few cases of the deadly contagious disease remain in the eastern province of Ituri but “we think we can end it completely by the end of...

New Jersey lawmakers advance e-cigarette flavor ban

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Candy, cocoa and chocolate, as well as any other flavor of e-cigarette, are among the flavors New Jersey lawmakers sought to prohibit on Thursday, along with a separate ban on menthol-flavored traditional cigarettes. New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly and Senate health...