‘I was non-stop Juuling up a storm’: 10 college students on their vaping addictions

(CNN)The CDC, FDA, White House and a who’s who of officials in suits want young people to stop using e-cigarettes amid a mysterious outbreak of hundreds of vaping-related lung illnesses. “You’re buying them illegally, so who knows what’s being put in them,” she said. “It’s funny because when you hit it, you can feel that it’s hurting your lungs. It doesn’t feel like hitting a joint or hitting anything. It hurts you. “But we just told ourselves for so long that it’s fine, it’ll be fine, it’s weed, it can’t hurt you. And then this stuff comes out and it’s like, we knew this all along.” Kesnig said she started smoking marijuana at about 15 but moved to vaping THC …

The average crowdfunding campaign for cancer care asks for $20,000 — but only gets about $5,000

(CNN)The cost of cancer treatment has gotten so high that patients and their families are turning to crowdfunding websites, like GoFundMe. But a new study found that cancer patients raising money on GoFundMe are only reaching about a quarter of their goal on average. “Although the Affordable Care Act reduced the uninsured rate, cost containment measures have not been realized by all patients,” the study noted. Medical fundraisers make up 1 in 3 of GoFundMe campaigns, and bring in more money than any other category, the company CEO Rob Solomon told MPR News last year. If a GoFundMe campaign doesn’t reach its goal, the fundraiser can still collect the amount that’s raised.

The Gap in State Gun Laws, Apple Card Is Sorta Here, and More News

A report outlines the link between gun laws and mass shootings, Apple's new credit card has arrived for a select group of users, and WIRED has some pocket camera suggestions for you. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up here! Today's Headlines The looser a state's gun laws, the more mass shootings it has A report in BMJ compared the strictness of state-level gun laws to the annual rate of mass shootings, and the results are sobering: States were scored from 0 (very restrictive) to 100 (very permissive) based on 13 factors surrounding their gun laws. And for every 10-point relaxation in …

Period pain linked to nearly 9 days of lost productivity a year

(CNN)The real impact of menstruation on women and society is underestimated, researchers say, as a new study suggests period pain is linked to nearly nine days of lost productivity a year in workplaces and schools. “Women said that they weren’t as productive as they could be while at work — they needed to go to the toilet every hour or they had a headache and couldn’t concentrate,” said Theodoor Nieboer, an author of the report and a gynecologist at the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He added that women under the age of 21 were around three times more likely than older women to say they had taken time off because of their menstrual symptoms. Still a taboo …

Chinese medicine: The next step in cancer recovery?

(CNN)Karen Kwai-Ching Li, known as KC, has lived in fear of her osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone, for almost 28 years. To get through her treatment and the range of side effects of chemotherapy, KC turned to a seemingly contrasting practice: traditional Chinese medicine. Each time she had chemotherapy, her body seemed weak, she said. Friends and family recommended the plant root ginseng, whose benefits are believed to include boosting energy, with recent studies supporting that claim. When her family prepared ginseng for her to drink, she felt “more energized and regained a little more strength,” she explained, which led her to use it after each chemotherapy session. But she took it with Chan’s blessing — because Chan is …

As New York struggles to undo the lies of anti-vaxers, moms step in to help

(CNN)There’s no question: The ongoing measles outbreak in New York is in a league of its own. New York’s effort thus far “doesn’t feel sufficient anymore,” a federal health official told CNN. “You’ve had eight months of sustained transmission and most people would agree you’re not ahead of it.” While observers said New York officials have worked long and hard at quelling the outbreak, they pointed out some areas where there have been missteps. First, public health experts criticized the state for allowing children to go to school even if they’re not vaccinated. Second, some say health authorities in the state waited too long before asking the federal government to send in help. Third, there are concerns state authorities botched …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

China’s tech workers burn out mentally and physically in the ‘996’ rat race

Beijing (CNN)Wang Shichang works 12 hours a day, often for six days a week. The newlywed is so busy he says he barely has time for his wife. The topic has prompted heated debate on social media, with many tech tycoons and entrepreneurs weighing on the merits of long and stressful working hours. Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China’s richest men, drew criticism earlier this year after he endorsed long work hours, calling them “a blessing.” Wang doesn’t agree with Ma — and he’s not the only one. Many others have been voicing their complaints on Github, an online forum known in the tech world for code-sharing. They also share “anti-996” memes that poke fun …

Kenyan court upholds law making gay sex illegal

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)In a blow to the LGBTQI movement in Africa, Kenya’s High Court ruled Friday that a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations should remain in place. The decision was not unexpected. Before the ruling, Waruguru Gaitho, a human rights lawyer at the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), had said: “We are prepared for it to be a protracted struggle. We are well aware that the court process is very long and we are well aware that this is a heavily contested issue. Allows multiple appeals. So we will continue to make our case for equality. “ Thirty-eight out of 55 African countries have enacted laws that make it illegal to be gay. In Somalia and South …

British people get drunk more often than anyone else, survey finds

(CNN)British people get drunk more than any other nationality, according to a new global survey. And drinkers around the world should consider cutting down to benefit their health, Winstock said. “Deaths due to alcoholic liver disease and cancer due to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise, along with obesity and poorer mental health,” he said. “Drinking too much makes all these worse; drinking less make them better.” Researchers spoke to 123,814 people from more than 30 countries in preparing the report, and they found that people on average got drunk 33 times in the previous 12 months. The results reflect the number of times that survey respondents said they got drunk, rather than the amount of alcohol consumed. Those …

Why we are addicted to conspiracy theories

The long read: Outsiders and the disenfranchised have always embraced the existence of wild plots and cover-ups. But now the biggest conspiracy-mongers are in charge In January 2015, I spent the longest, queasiest week of my life on a cruise ship filled with conspiracy theorists. As our boat rattled toward Mexico and back, I heard about every wild plot, secret plan and dark cover-up imaginable. It was mostly fascinating, occasionally exasperating and the cause of a headache that took months to fade. To my pleasant surprise, given that I was a reporter travelling among a group of deeply suspicious people, I was accused of working for the CIA only once. The unshakeable certainty possessed by many of the conspiracy theorists …

Here’s why moderate drinking is probably not good for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

People who drink one to two standard drinks a day are the healthiest overall. But moderate drinking isnt an isolated behaviour As a society, we love drinking. There are people who abstain, but by and large we love to drink alcohol its part of our social culture, part of our collective identity, and so pervasive that it can be hard to escape from even if you try. As anyone whos attempted a Dry July can attest, booze is something that we are all connected to in myriads of ways. So stories about drinking make us stop and take notice. In particular, moderate drinking. We all know that boozing too much is bad for us its no surprise that 20 beers …

Why these Pacific Island nations have world’s highest childhood obesity rates

(CNN)Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” The prevalence of child and adolescent obesity is expected to surpass the prevalence of moderate and severe underweight by 2022, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet in 2017. The study estimated that in 1975, there were 11 million children 5 to 19 with obesity, and that number increased to 124 million in 2016. The number of obese or overweight children 5 and younger climbed from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016, according to WHO data. If current trends continue, the number of overweight or …

India wants to make medical tourism a $9 billion industry by 2020

New Delhi (CNN)There are many reasons people go to India: the culture, the food, the weather. But in recent years, another factor drawing visitors is health care. By 2017, the number of arrivals more than doubled to 495,056, government figures show. Visa rules have also been changed to encourage applications. “The e-tourist visa regime has been expanded to include medical visits as well. Medical and medical attendant visas have been introduced to ease the travel process of medical tourists. The maximum duration of stay in India under the e-medical visa is a longer duration of six months,” Alphons said. Still, it’s important to be cautious when it comes to predictions, said Johanna Hanefeld, an associate professor of health policy and …

The dark side of music: Using sound in torture

(CNN)General Augusto Pinochet’s authoritarian regime, in Chile from 1973 to 1990, was known for its kidnappings, imprisonments and torture. One prisoner remembers it all too well. But for some — like Jiménez — there was one more element of torture: music, Chornik says. The Valech report says music was used as a background to torture in eight detention centers, but Chornik’s work shows that the use of music was more widespread; she found evidence of its use in 30 centers. Common songs of choice in Villa Grimaldi were “Un millón de amigos (A Million Friends)” by Roberto Carlos and “Gigi l’amoroso (Gigi the Ladies’ Man),” made popular by Dalida, according to Chornik. The lyrics of “Gigi l’amoroso” praise the male …