A man smokes an electronic cigarette inside a vape shop in Washington. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its officials are working with state health authorities to examine a growing number of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. But it’s not the only federal agency actively investigating vaping-related health issues.Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has continued to look into a potential link between vaping and seizures. As of Aug. 7, the agency has received 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, that occurred after vaping between 2010 and 2019. That’s 92 additional cases since April 3, 2019, when the FDA issued its first statement, alerting people to the potential link. Read more: A timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies “Although we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it’s critical to keep the public updated on the information we’ve received based on the agency’s initial request for reports earlier this year,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said in the latest statement. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Get your vitamins by vaping 4:37 Post a comment More than 100 cases over nine years isn’t a lot — especially compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes — but the FDA believes cases may have gone unreported and that the potential issue warrants a scientific investigation regardless. There’s certainly a sound basis for concern: Seizures are a known potential side effect of nicotine poisoning and there have been case studies showing that people who accidentally or intentionally swallow e-liquids that contain nicotine experience seizures or seizure-like movements. Juul devices are small and easy to hide from authority figures, which is likely one reason they’ve become so popular with teens. truthinitiative.org While vaporizer cartridges contain varying levels of nicotine, some e-cigarettes design features can make it easy for a user to consume high levels of nicotine quickly. For instance, Juul Labs’ Juulpods contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes and the company claims its nicotine salt formulation is as easy to inhale as cigarettes and delivers nicotine up to 2.7 times faster than other e-cigarettes. Packaging can also be misleading: One study found that some e-liquids contained up to 52% more nicotine than stated. Proving a direct connection between vaping and seizures, however, has proven difficult. The reports the FDA has received haven’t provided enough detail to establish a clear pattern or cause, according to the FDA’s first statement: “Seizures have been reported among first-time e-cigarette users and experienced users. In a few situations, e-cigarette users reported a prior history of seizure diagnosis. A few reported cases indicated that the seizures occurred in association with the use of other substances such as marijuana or amphetamines. Seizures have been reported as occurring after a few puffs or up to one day after use.”As the FDA continues its investigation, the agency is asking that consumers report any unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal. Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction expertsThe information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 0 Tags Wellness
Share From the end of construction on most of 290, to adjustments in public transit, to the ongoing high-speed rail project, 2018 was a busy year — as always — in Houston transportation.In the audio above, Houston Matters revisits the biggest stories of 2018 from the transportation realm with the help of News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read April 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why is it that human resources is the one department people love to hate? From the outside, the job looks simple. So, why can’t HR professionals just process requests faster, be better organized and manage talent more efficiently? people ask.Related: How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource PaperworkWell, those same people need to exercise a little more brain power here, because the notion that every HR department is old-fashioned, full of red tape and works in a bubble is a misguided stereotype.Nonetheless, because of the surplus of innovative HR tech available, some thought-leaders in the industry are questioning if we even need HR at all. Can’t apps and platforms do what whole departments used to do? they ask. Can’t they do it better?The reality is crystal clear: People are the most important asset to any business, and employers will always need experts to manage them. While tech can automate administrative work and take the productivity of many important HR tasks to the next level, HR professionals are — and will continue to be — a vital part of every business.In the age of automation, HR isn’t going anywhere. Here’s why:HR knows which new tech will benefit employees most.Tech will never fully replace the power of people. HR analytics are great, but people are the ones who make the important human decisions regarding employees.New HR tech can help give employees all the tools they need: self-service employee profiles, affordable employee benefits, a social news feed to keep everyone connected and more. But it’s HR professionals who guide and grow a company culture, encourage career development and analyze the important “people” data coming out of the tech a company uses.Businesses don’t need just anyone to drive the use of tech forward — they need HR. In 2016, HR departments are more focused on innovation and adopting new technologies to improve employee experience, suggests Deloitte’s 2016 Human Capital Report. And that’s what’s key — they’re focused on the employee experience.In a 2015 report sponsored by Visier and released by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 44 percent of the 323 CEOs surveyed said their workforce planning was driven by finance and didn’t take talent availability into consideration.So, while those in the C-suite remain focused on speeding up processes, improving productivity, boosting profits and reducing costs, HR sets its sights on people. HR tech and processes bring a unique view to the table by analyzing which tools and resources will make work easier for employees. And employers need that point of view.Related: 17 Great HR Resources for EntrepreneursIn fact, a July 2015 CareerBuilder survey of 88 leaders at companies with revenue of at least $50 million found that 65 percent of CEOs thought that HR opinions at their organizations carried increasingly more weight with senior management.Employers need HR’s unique input, then, to make sense of new tech and analytics and to make the best decisions for employees, the culture and the business as a whole.Employees need guidance, even with new tech.Tech can handle a lot of the time-consuming duties that used to occupy HR. It can automate payroll and benefits enrollment, provide paperless onboarding and maintain all employee data in one place for easy reporting. But these processes represent only half the picture.Specifically, there will always be a “human” side to human resources. Automation doesn’t put HR professionals out of a job — it helps them to do their jobs better, enabling them to spend even more time on the human and strategic aspects of their work.People are the resource best suited to provide opportunities for career development and standardize processes around promoting from within. People are the best resource for handling delicate workplace issues — and then making a company culture the best it can be.Apps can help deliver benefits communications and information, but they can’t answer individual questions or explain confusing plans step by step.Apps and tools can’t really listen to employees. HR tech is a game-changer for communication. Social news feeds allow the whole company to communicate in real time. Mobile apps mean people can find and contact coworkers instantly. Surveys and reviews collect feedback whenever it’s needed.But employees want a living, breathing human they can share their concerns with. And employers need someone to take that feedback and turn it into action. That person is an HR professional.No matter what technology is implemented to improve communications, HR is the sounding board and voice of employees — a role in which even managers may even fall short. A 2015 SHRM survey of employees found that only 37 percent of respondents described themselves as “very satisfied” with the consideration their ideas received. And just 23 percent were “very satisfied” with communications with senior management.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketEmails and social platforms may make communication easier, but HR makes that communication count. HR professionals mediate problems between peers and managers, make improvements based on suggestions and take employee concerns seriously. Tech can’t do that.HR’s power to make communication effective is uniquely its own. Register Now »