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In News That Will Surprise No One, Hipster Vapes Are Causing Severe Breathing Problems

Where there's smoke there's fire.

If sucking on a USB-like device and leaving a cloud of marshmallow-scented smoke in your path is your 2019 vibe, you might want to think twice before you vape. 

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According to NBC news, 22 people in the U.S. have been hospitalised after their vaping led to coughing, shortness of breath and fatigue. A statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that some patients even suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea, with symptoms worsening. Yikes. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are working to determine what chemicals the patients may have inhaled. However, this could prove tricky considering e-cigarette manufacturers aren’t actually required to list the ingredients of their products. 

“The short- and long-term effects of vaping are still being researched, but these recent hospitalisations have shown that there is the potential for immediate health consequences,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the statement. 

It’s not the first time trendy vapes have resulted in major health scares. Less than a week ago, the FDA announced that it was investigating 127 reports of seizures occurring after vaping or e-cigarette use.

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While the agency doesn’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing the reported seizures, they have encouraged the public to share information about unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product.

A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that last year, some 4.9 million high school and middle school students used tobacco in the last 30 days – an increase from 3.6 million in 2017 – with e-cigarettes being the most popular product. 

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Vaping is clearly very ~hot~ right now, but with possible health effects still being so unclear, is it worth it?

Learn From This Woman's Mistakes And Never, Ever Sleep With Your Dodgy Phone Charger

Ouch.

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES

Note to self: don’t ever sleep next to your dodgy phone charger while wearing a necklace. A 19-year-old woman from Michigan suffered some pretty disturbing neck burns after her chain necklace came in contact with her “generic cell phone charger.”

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According to a report in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, the woman was burnt while lying in bed with the charger plugged into the wall and her iPhone sitting beneath her pillow. She reported feeling a “sudden burning sensation and severe pain around her neck,” and was quickly taken to the emergency room to be treated.

The report states that “several companies have invested the difference in quality and safety of generic versus Apple-branded chargers and found that the majority of generic chargers fail basic safety testing, making them a higher risk for electrical injury.”

Lead author Dr. Carissa Bunke said in a statement, “Teens and adolescents are particularly at risk of injury due to their frequent mobile device use. They should be advised to not sleep with their phones or mobile devices charging in bed and avoid leaving the charger plugged in when it is not connected to a phone.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2016, the NYPD shared images of pillowcases burned to a crisp after users slept with their cell phones underneath and in 2017, a 19-month-old baby in Kentucky was badly burnt when she put a phone charger in her mouth

It might make snoozing your alarm easier, but if it means singing your skin off, I’d rather leave the charger plugged in on the other side of the room. 

A Little Kid Had 526 Teeth Removed And The Tooth Fairy Just Went Bankrupt

Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.

Remember when you were a little kid and losing a tooth was *literally* the highlight of your life because it meant you’d wake up with a gold coin under your pillow? Well, for a seven-year-old boy in India it (technically) meant 526 gold coins. 

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According to the Times of India, Chennai local Ravindranath was taken to the dentist after his parents noticed how swollen his right cheek was and suspected symptoms of a decayed tooth.

Turns out the little boy actually had 526 (!!) teeth tucked inside his lower jaw that had to be surgically removed. I’ll give you a moment to process this. 

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Luckily, the dentists were able to remove the teeth, arrange them in a strangely beautiful spiral formation, and retain all 21 of Ravindranath’s normal chompers. 

“The teeth were in different sizes that varied between 0.1mm to 15mm,” said college head of maxillofacial pathologist Dr Prathibha Ramani. “They looked like pearls in an oyster. Even the smallest pieces had a crown, root and an enamel coating like a tooth.”

While the doctors couldn’t work out what caused the strange growth, they suspected it could have been from radiation from mobile towers, or genetic causes. “Biopsy results showed it was just abnormal growth,” Dr. Ramani said. “There could be a strong genetic connect but we cannot rule out environmental factors such as radiation from mobile towers.”

After conducting a study of 250 people living close to mobile towers, college researchers found that “at least 10% of people had micronuclei changes in their cells. This change can cause controlled or uncontrolled multiplication of cells and diseases.”

“We may have to do a larger study to prove the link between mobile towers and micronuclei changes,” Dr. Ramani said. 

Thankfully, Ravindranath recovered from his surgery and told the media he’s feeling “no pain.” Which means the tooth fairy needs to cough up, stat.

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