American Academy Of Pediatrics Calls FDA’s Juul Decision Delay Reckless
Last week the Food and Drug Administration banned nearly a million e-smoking products but postponed a decision on giant vape brand Juul — drawing criticism from the AAP on the risk to young people. Cruise ships in Baltimore, Latino heart health and more are also in the news.
FDA’s Delayed Decision On Juul E-Cigarettes ‘Reckless,’ Pediatrics Group Says
A delayed decision Thursday from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on whether to allow vaping brand Juul to stay on the market was met with strong criticism from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). "This is a reckless decision that will allow products proven to addict and endanger young people to continue being sold," Dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the AAP, said in part in a statement. (Rivas, 9/11)
In other public health news —
Anchors Aweigh: Cruise Ship Prepped To Leave Baltimore Port
Cruise ship passengers readied to leave Baltimore’s port for the first time in 18 months on Sunday, a celebratory moment after putting in place plenty of COVID-19 safety precautions for guests. As a steel drummer played in the port terminal, the Carnival Pride welcomed 1,500 passengers for a weeklong voyage to the Bahamas, The Baltimore Sun reported. (9/12)
Higher Stress Levels Raise Blood Pressure, Risk Of Heart Attack And Stroke
Is that stress pumping steadily through your veins? Even if your blood pressure is normal right now, high stress levels may put you at risk of developing hypertension within the next decade or so, a new study found. When the stress hormone cortisol continues to increase over time, you may also be at higher risk of having a stroke, heart attack or heart disease, according to the research published Monday in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association. (LaMotte, 9/13)
Study: Latinos’ Heart Health May Correlate With Perceived Social Status
Latinos who think they have good social standing in the U.S. are more likely to have better cardiovascular health, according to a peer-reviewed paper. The study looked into how perception of status, success and prestige relative to other people correlates to health factors such as body mass index, blood pressure and levels of cholesterol. (Franco, 9/11)
North Carolina Health News:
Medical Marijuana, CBD, Delta-8: What’s The Difference?
In North Carolina, lawmakers are considering whether to legalize marijuana use for some medical conditions through the NC Compassionate Care Act, or Senate Bill 711, introduced by Republican Bill Rabon. The proposal recently got the green light from a Senate judiciary committee, but it’s unclear whether there’s enough support in the Republican-led General Assembly for full approval in a state that has long resisted joining the list of 37 others that have legalized medical marijuana. (Dougani, 9/13)
Tongue Posture Is a Big Business With Little Evidence
When Kimberly Sheldon was 47, she says made the biggest mistake of her life. That was in 2018, when she says that a dentist explained to her that cutting the tissue under her tongue would help her jaw pain, gum recession, and occasional headaches. Her issues, he said, could be due to the fact that the back of her tongue couldn’t reach the roof of her mouth. With a quick laser slice, a $600 charge, and some instruction on tongue exercises, he seemed confident that she would feel better soon after. But, according to her account, the dentist didn’t explain the possible risks, which include nerve damage and scarring that can restrict the tongue. Sheldon only found out about the issues after she experienced them. Since then, she says, the effects have torn her life apart. (Szalinski and Undark, 9/12)