Ed Cara
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Science writer, pug lover, owner of Cheddar the cat. Seen on @TheAtlantic, @undarkmag. Now @Gizmodo. email: ed.cara@gizmodo.com secure: edcara@protonmail.comSource
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Teens in Wisconsin Are Being Diagnosed With Severe Lung Damage That May Be Linked to Vaping

Teens in Wisconsin Are Being Diagnosed With Severe Lung Damage That May Be Linked to Vaping

Health officials in Wisconsin are looking into a scary-sounding cluster of cases that could be linked to vaping. Doctors in the state have reported eight cases of teenagers with similar lung damage and symptoms to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WisDHS) this month, the agency said in a health advisory released Thursday. While the cause of these incidents isn’t confirmed, all of the teens had a recent history of e-cigarette use. According to the WisDHS, the teenagers largely experienced symptoms like coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue, while some also developed nausea,...

July 26, 2019
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Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

Police Are a Leading Cause of Death for Young Men, Especially Those of Color, Study Finds

For men, especially men of color, coming face to face with the police may be one of the most likely ways to die young, a new study out Monday finds. The study estimated that black men are twice as likely to be killed by police than men of other races. It also found that police use of force is one of the leading causes of death for all young men. To reach their conclusions, researchers at Rutgers University and elsewhere looked at mortality data reported by the U.S. government and Fatal Encounters, a project founded by Nevada journalist D. Brian Burghart and others. Fatal Encounters...

August 6, 2019
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Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Possible Asbestos Contamination

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Baby Powder Over Possible Asbestos Contamination

Johnson & Johnson announced a voluntary recall of its talc-based baby powder products on Friday, after the Food and Drug Administration found traces of cancer-causing asbestos in sample testing. The recall follows legal losses and an investigative report linking asbestos exposure to the company’s talc products. The recall will affect only one lot of baby powder, which still amounts up to 33,000 bottles. According to the company, it was prompted by the FDA finding “sub-trace levels of chrysotile asbestos contamination” in a sample taken from a bottle bought online; another lot tested by the...

October 21, 2019
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Scientists Find a Way to Communicate With Dreaming People

Scientists Find a Way to Communicate With Dreaming People

The veil between dreamworld and reality may be thinner than we thought. In a new study released Thursday, scientists in four countries say they’ve shown it’s possible to communicate with people while they’re lucid dreaming. At least some of the time, the dreamers were reportedly able to respond to yes-or-no questions and answer simple math problems through facial and eye movements; afterward, some recalled hearing the questions during their dream. Cognitive neuroscientist and study author Ken Paller and his colleagues at Northwestern University in Chicago have been studying the connection...

Feb 18
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Alcohol Is Killing More Americans Than Ever

Alcohol Is Killing More Americans Than Ever

More and more Americans are drinking themselves to death. A new study this week finds there were around 72,000 alcohol-related deaths among people over the age of 16 in 2017—more than double the number of similar deaths recorded two decades earlier. The study, published Wednesday in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, relies on death certificate data. It found there were almost 1 million alcohol-related deaths among people over age 16 documented in the U.S. between 1999 and 2017. In 1999, there were 35,914 such deaths, amounting to a rate of 16.9 deaths per every 100,000 people...

January 9, 2020
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