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Toxic Heavy Metals Found in E-cigarette Vapors

The scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) found significant amounts of toxic metals, including lead, chromium, manganese and nickel, leak from some e-cigarette heating coils and are present in the aerosols inhaled by users. Chronic inhalation of these metals has been linked to lung, liver, immune, cardiovascular and brain damage, and even cancers.

A Novel Approach Reveals New Biomarker for CHD

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the number one cause of death in both men and women. While some metabolic risk factors, such as being diabetic, are more strongly associated with increased risk of CHD in women than in men. Even though metabolic risk factors seem to be stronger in women, few studies have sought metabolic markers of CHD in women. A new study by Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers recently addressed this gap, uncovering a new biomarker for CHD.

NHPS: Boost for India’s Ailing Health Sector

The government has presently announced “world’s largest government funded health care programme” titled National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families. The scheme will give “coverage up to Rs 5 lakh per family every year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization”. This can be seen as a follow-up and expansion of a similar announcement made in 2016-17 budget.