New York City may ban flavored vapes as soon as next week

  • Ban halts sale of all flavored e-cigarettes, except tobacco flavors
  • Juul stopped selling flavors other than tobacco and menthol

New York City could ban flavored vaping products as soon as next week, in a move that would make the metropolis of 8.6 million people the most populous place in America to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

The backlash against flavored e-cigarettes has gained momentum after a vaping-linked illness swept across the United States, killing at least 40 people and sickening 2,000 more. Vaping bans have emerged in an effort to curb e-cigarettes’ appeal to young people.

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NHS England pledges pensions top-up in bid to tackle staffing crisis

Senior doctors and nurses are refusing to work extra hours because of financial penalties

NHS England has promised to top up the pensions of senior doctors and nurses in an effort to end the alarming staffing crisis caused by their refusal to work extra hours because of the financial penalties they would incur as a result.

Accident and emergency, intensive care and surgery are among the departments that have been struggling to maintain enough staff to keep patients safe and give them the treatment they need. A letter from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges earlier this month spelled out to the government the crisis that the NHS was facing, which will only grow as the winter pressures begin, with more people falling sick.

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Children bear the brunt as the world’s biggest measles epidemic sweeps Congo

Children under the age of five account for 90% of deaths as disease claims 5,000 lives in less than a year

More than 5,000 people, mostly children, have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in what is currently the world’s biggest measles epidemic.

Measles, which is preventable through vaccination, has spread to all 26 provinces of the country, which is also battling a 15-month-long Ebola epidemic.

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It’s not thanks to capitalism that we’re living longer, but progressive politics | Jason Hickel

Ignore the usual fairytale. Democracy, unions, healthcare and education: these are the forces that matter

In recent years prominent pundits including Steven Pinker, Jordan Peterson and Bill Gates have invoked the progress in global life expectancies to defend capitalism against a growing tide of critics.

Certainly there’s a lot to celebrate on this front. After all, average human life expectancy has improved a great deal. “Intellectuals are apt to do a spit take when they read a defense of capitalism,” Pinker writes in his recent book, Enlightenment Now. But it’s “obvious,” he claims, that “GDP per capita correlates with longevity, health, and nutrition.”

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Latest NHS maternity scandal is product of toxic ‘can’t happen here’ mentality | Richard Vize

How many more babies must die before NHS managers finally tackle unsafe, disrespectful, life-wrecking services?

The NHS’s worst maternity scandal raises fundamental questions about the culture and safety of our health service.

The Independent has revealed that an inquiry into maternity care at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital NHS trust has uncovered dozens of avoidable deaths and more than 50 babies suffering permanent brain damage over the past 40 years.

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‘We see trauma and act like it’s normal’: Krept & Konan and Ramz open up on mental health

The duo and their rapper pal’s success has been offset by trolling, depression and suicide. They talk family, therapy and why there is a stigma with black men and mental health

It is not often that an interview feels like a group therapy session. However, in the gleaming innards of the Universal Music Group’s London headquarters with rap duo Krept & Konan, and one of their close friends, fellow rapper Ramz, we manage to create something of a safe space.

Krept & Konan’s new album Revenge Is Sweet flips captivatingly from the big-boots heft of Goat Level to the slow and sexy Afrobeats of G Love. But the tracks that hit hardest are the two that round it off. Ramz delivers a three-minute spoken word track, Before It’s Too Late, in which he talks about his mental health problems and says he has tried to kill himself several times. It is followed by Broski, a moving ode to Krept & Konan’s friend and former business partner, Nyasha ‘Nash’ Chagonda, who killed himself last year. Together, and in their own unique ways, the trio are beginning a hard journey toward emotional recovery.

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Up early or lying in: why we need different amounts of sleep – Science Weekly podcast

Requiring minimal amounts of sleep is sometimes seen as a badge of honour. But for many of us, being able to actually function is a different matter altogether. So why is it that some people seem to need more or less sleep? And what are some of the ramifications if we don’t get enough? Hannah Devlin speaks to two experts whose work is bringing new understanding to our sleeping behaviours

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I gave up everything I enjoy: my day of dopamine fasting, the latest Silicone Valley craze | Brigid Delaney

I find myself with nothing to look forward to EVER

We are saturated with stimulation and easy pleasure. Anything from food to homewares to porn to entertainment we can get immediately via our phones. But is the easy life messing with our brain chemicals? Are we releasing too much dopamine?

The latest Silicon Valley trend is dopamine fasting – having a break from anything pleasurable in order to “reset” your brain chemistry.

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The best health foods? Soup, garlic and cake

When you’re ill, food can be a powerful force for recovery – even if scientists can’t always explain why

Some people are brilliant when their loved ones are ill, and know instinctively what face to make, when to chat, when to be quiet, when to make tea, when to plump a pillow and so forth. Others are terrible, instinctively avoidant, brusque and awkward. They need to ask themselves what they’re so afraid of. But in the meantime, a great way to show you care while you build your genuinely caring personality is to do convalescent cookery.

Soup is so famously a restorative that scientists with a bit of downtime often try to show the mechanism. This week, a study found four traditional broths that were protective against malaria, although there was no particular ingredient common to all four. The active property has yet to be identified, which is the fancy way of saying “we have no idea why”. It is unlikely, however, that you’re tending to someone with malaria. More probably, they have a cold (although my Mr currently has lockjaw, and if you’re wondering what to feed someone who can’t open his mouth, it is of course more soup).

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