A small puff of vapor escaped from the 17-year-old girl’s mouth as she walked with her friend, 16, along Bardstown Road. The two kids are a typical 3:15 p.m. sight for the stretch of restaurants and shops not far from several major high schools. But they weren’t just hanging out. She was on her way to a job interview at a restaurant, and in her hands, barely visible, was a Juul, a sleek e-cigarette that looks more like an oversized flash drive than a smoking device. As she’s wont to do in times of stress, the teenage girl was vaping (and doing it illegally, which is why she is not being identified). She and her friend crossed the street again before slipping into the doors of the restaurant. She left him for her interview, and returned not long after. “I was over there the whole time thinking, ‘I want to hit my Juul,’” said the girl. She was gone for 31 minutes. The girl is one of 3.6 million American high school and middle school users of … [Read more...] about V is for Vaping: What you don’t know about your teens’ new habit
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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford did wait decades to talk, and I know why. So do millions of other women and men who have walked in her shoes or in an even worse pair. A lot of people who have never been in Ford’s position seem to believe they’d know exactly what to do if they were a teenage girl who has narrowly avoided being raped. To hear these men explain it, they would’ve handled sexual assault with righteous ease. On social media, we’re treated to earnest explanations as to how they’d have gone to the police right away (or, as Donald Trump suggested, straight to the FBI) and gotten their attacker locked up. Forever. Except, of course, it never happened and that woman is just a lying bitch. This highlights once again how very little men understand about the reality of being a woman, no matter how often we try to explain it to them. The #MeToo movement had underscored this inability to listen to women to devastating effect, and this week has served as the … [Read more...] about Why Don’t Women Report Sexual Assault? Because You Punish Us for It
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By LISA SANDERS, M.D. JUNE 20, 2018 No matter what the girl eats or drinks, it always comes back, sometimes minutes or hours after consumption. Can you discover her diagnosis? Diagnosis A new series from The New York Times and Netflix. Help Dr. Lisa Sanders get to the bottom of unsolved medical mysteries. By LISA SANDERS, M.D. JUNE 20, 2018 “I don’t know where to go from here,” the doctor said to the 14-year-old girl, Lashay, and her anxious mother. The girl had been in the Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City for nearly a week. Her pediatrician had admitted her there because for the past 2 months the girl had been unable to keep anything she ate or drank in her system. Just about any food or drink, no matter what it was, seemed to come right back minutes or sometimes hours after being consumed. She’d lost nearly 10 pounds. It was strange and terrifying. She had no nausea, no abdominal pain, no diarrhea. She did … [Read more...] about Doctors Don’t Know Why This Teenager Can’t Keep Down Food and Drink. Can You Help?
At a high school in Maryland's capital city of Annapolis, the principal ordered doors removed from bathrooms to keep students from sneaking hits in the stalls.A school system in New Jersey installed detectors in its high schools to digitally alert administrators to students looking for their next "rip."And recently in Fairfax County, Virginia, students broke into vape shops looking to score some nicotine. Those are just some of the consequences school administrators and law enforcement officials across the country are confronting as Juul e-cigarette devices have exploded in popularity among teens. Parents, principals and police struggle with underage use, worried the novelty of the slim e-cigarettes that look like USB drives and their fruity nicotine pods will create a new generation of addicted smokers."The problem with the juuling device is they say they are manufactured for adults, but it is manufactured in a way that appeals to children," said Deborah Wheeler, superintendent of the … [Read more...] about Juuling: If you don’t know what it is, ask your kids