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Jim Kenyon: Classroom Mold Grows Into a Big Problem for Teacher at Fairlee School – Valley News

Read article – Quotes Robert Cramer, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, about the relationship between mold and human diseases. “We don’t fully understand why some people become sensitized and others don’t,” says Cramer. “It’s very controversial about what molds at what levels can cause certain symptoms. There are just a lot of unknowns in this area. There’s not a lot of cause-and-effect data.”

Column: N.H. Needs Paid Family and Medical Leave – Valley News

Read article – A column by Ashley Hamel ’19 and Emily Georges ’19, in which they express their support for Senate Bill 1, legislation that would establish paid family and medical leave in New Hampshire. “How can we put a price on the health of New Hampshire’s children? How can we stay silent while our state’s current infrastructure makes it very difficult for low-income families to care for their children? Passing and signing SB 1 would send an important message: that New Hampshire cares about family values, gender equality, and the health of our state’s children,” said Hamel and Georges.

Study Finds Weight Loss Target for Morbidly Obese Before Knee Surgery – Reuters

Read article – Quotes Benjamin Keeney, instructor in orthopaedics, about a study he coauthored that found that for morbidly obese patients having knee replacement surgery, losing at least 20 pounds beforehand leads to shorter hospital stays and lower odds of being discharged to a facility. “Many people are told to lose five or 10 pounds before the surgery but we don’t actually know how much weight you have to lose for it to lead to a meaningful improvement,” says Keeney. (Picked up by KFGO, WHBL, KDAL 610, WHTC, MDAlert, WNMT, and ChannelNews Asia. Similar coverage in DevDiscourse.)

New FDA Rules Aim to Keep Kids From Flavored E-Cigarettes – U.S. News & World Report via HealthDay News

Read article – An article about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would go ahead with efforts to restrict sales of some types of flavored vaping products to minors, quotes a recent study by Dartmouth researchers that seemed to back up the FDA’s concerns. “We found that adolescent and young adult vapers were not only more likely than older adult vapers to use fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, but were more likely to concurrently use multiple flavor types,” says lead researcher Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. (Picked up by WebMD. Similar coverage in The Verge and U.S. News & World Report).

New FDA Rules Aim to Keep Kids From Flavored E-Cigarettes – Drugs.com

Read article – Quotes Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently announced it would go ahead with efforts to restrict sales of some types of flavored vaping products to minors. Research coauthored by Soneji seems to back up the FDA’s concerns. “We found that adolescent and young adult vapers were not only more likely than older adult vapers to use fruit- and candy-flavored e-cigarettes, but were more likely to concurrently use multiple flavor types,” says Soneji.

Fruit- and Candy-Flavored Vape Juice Are Most Popular Among Two Age Groups – Inverse

Read article – Quotes Samir Soneji, associate professor of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in a feature story about a study he led that found that even though e-cigarettes may help people kick the habit of smoking, they’re also attracting new, younger people. “Teens in record numbers are vaping, and we wanted to know what they’re vaping,” says Soneji. “Youth prefer candy and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes, and the adults—many of whom are smokers—differentially prefer tobacco flavored e-cigarettes. Youth preference really is different.” (Similar coverage in Med India and UPI.)