Gov. Jay Inslee directed state officials to impose an emergency ban on flavored vaping products, one of several measures he announced Friday in response to the mysterious, sometimes fatal lung illness linked to e-cigarettes that has rippled across the nation. In an executive order, Inslee directed the state Board of Health to use its emergency authority to ban all flavored vaping products, including those containing THC. If adopted during the health board’s Oct. 9 meeting, the ban would go in effect the next day, last 120 days and could be renewed. With that move, Washington would join at least two other states — Michigan and New York — in banning flavored vape products. Massachusetts this week went further, enacting a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products. In justifying his executive order, Inslee noted the government’s responsibility for public health and flavored vaping products’ particular appeal to children. “These kids get … [Read more...] about Inslee directs Washington state health board to ban flavored vape products
The W.N.B.A. finals begin Sunday as the Washington Mystics face the Connecticut Sun, each team looking for its first championship trophy. Shortly after the last bit of confetti falls and the Champagne showers end, both teams will join the rest of the league in an off-season that could reshape the future of the W.N.B.A. One key focus: mental health care coverage that is similar to the N.B.A.’s. The men’s league made policy changes to increase mental health resources for its athletes in August after players pushed for new mental health care coverage in their collective bargaining agreement. The W.N.B.A. Players Association’s agreement with the women’s league ends in October, after the union opted out in November 2018. A few days after the N.B.A.’s announcement in August, the Las Vegas Aces star Liz Cambage published a piece in The Players’ Tribune describing her own anxiety and how it has affected her life and career. She praised the N.B.A.’s … [Read more...] about Top of Mind for the W.N.B.A.? A New Mental Health Plan for Players.
To hear Dr. Bruce Meyer tell it, the anxiety he felt when his wife, Christie Jo Little, was diagnosed with cancer in 2000 hit him hard – and in a flash. At the time, the five-year survival rate for fibrosarcoma stood around 50 percent. The couple had five children, all age 11 or younger. The possibility of being a single dad of a large family looked very real. "In my head I'm going, 'Oh my god,'" Meyer said. "Nobody is talking to me about that. How do I manage that while I'm trying to manage my wife's emotional response – because she's the person who has this disease."Both obstetricians by trade, both Meyer and Little had the medical knowledge to understand her situation better than most people. Researching similar cases deepened Bruce's understanding of the path they faced, assuaging some of his anxiety. Nineteen years later, Christie remains cancer-free. Still, the experience gave Meyer a new perspective on health care. He saw glaring deficiencies in the way many … [Read more...] about Jefferson exec’s health care vision shaped by unique obstetrics career, wife’s cancer battle
The explosion Friday morning at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Southwest Philly does not pose any immediate danger to the surrounding neighborhoods, according the city's health department. The Health Department does not have any findings indicating any danger at this time, spokesman James Garrow said in an email. Preliminary testing – both at the refinery and in the adjacent community – did not reveal any ambient carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons or hydrogen sulfide."Samples were also taken from up- and downwind of the refinery and were transported to the Air Management Service Laboratory and are currently being tested for the presence of air pollutants," Garrow said. The two samples were tested for 61 chemical compounds at the Air Management Services lab. Neither sample found any chemical compounds to rise above – or near – safety levels set by the American Conference of Governmental industrial Hygienists. Only two compounds – acetone … [Read more...] about Refinery explosion poses no ‘immediate danger’ to Philly residents, city health dept. says
Fewer people are dying from one of the leading causes of hospitalization in Pennsylvania, health department officials announced this week. The mortality rate for sepsis, a blood infection that attacks the body's tissues and organs, has improved in Pennsylvania over the last year thanks to greater awareness and the implementation of evidence-based protocols. “Sepsis was the second most common reason for hospitalization in the state last year,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “However, as hospitalizations for sepsis have increased, hospital mortality rates have decreased. This lets us know that we are doing a better job of diagnosing sepsis and decreasing mortality.” Sepsis occurs when an already-present infection in one area of the body triggers a chain reaction that can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death if left untreated. Signs and symptoms include confusion, shortness of breath, extreme pain or clammy skin. Medical … [Read more...] about Sepsis death rates declining in Pennsylvania, health officials say