Study links rising U.S. e-cigarette use to rise in smokers quitting

LONDON (Reuters) – A rise in the use of electronic cigarettes among American adults is linked to a significant increase in the numbers of people quitting smoking, researchers said on Wednesday. In a study published in the BMJ British medical journal, scientists from California said their findings were based on the largest representative sample of e-cigarette users to date and ...

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FDA panel votes against approving Intellipharma's opioid painkiller

(Reuters) – A panel of independent advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration overwhelmingly concluded on Wednesday that there is not enough evidence to support approval of Intellipharmaceutics International Inc’s long-acting opioid painkiller. Long-acting opioids contain high doses of narcotics designed to be released over time. If crushed pills are snorted or injected, they release their full dose all ...

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The NFL May Deny, But The Science Doesn't Lie. Football? Bye-Bye.

Science’s latest inconvenient truth is that 110 of 111 brains of football players studied showed signs of the debilitating brain damage Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease that is caused by repeated blows to the head. With potentially trillions of dollars in damages payable by not just the NFL, but the NCAA schools, and even high schools, it may ...

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Facebook calls for a more people-centric security industry

The security industry needs to worry less about technology and more about people, said Facebook’s security boss. Alex Stamos scolded the security industry in the opening keynote of the 2017 Black Hat conference. He said there was too much focus on technically complex “stunt” hacks and not enough on finding ways to help the mass of people stay safe. The ...

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Teen Who Livestreamed Crash That Killed Her Sister Pleads Not Guilty To Manslaughter

The 18-year-old accused of driving drunk and livestreaming the ensuing crash that killed her younger sister pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other felony criminal charges. It was Obdulia Sanchez’s first appearance since the graphic Instagram video footage showing her hovering over her sister’s bloodied body Friday in a field near Los Banos, California, went viral. ...

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As Thailand Restricts Internet Freedom, Cyber Activists Work To Keep An Open Web

ssoosay/flickr , CC BY-SA Janjira Sombatpoonsiri , Thammasat University On June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king. This harsh sentence is just one example of Thailand’s increasing repression in the digital sphere. Since the 2014 coup, the Thai military junta has take a ...

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Adam Peaty warns rivals he can swim even faster after second gold medal

Adam Peaty powered to a second gold medal of the World Championships in Budapest before promising there was room for improvement. Three years to the day since his first major championship title, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Peaty added the 50 metres breaststroke world gold to the 100m he won on Monday. Peaty finished in 25.99 seconds, 0.04secs ...

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Girl, 16, dies after being 'electrocuted' on Kent railway tracks

A 16-year-old girl found dead on railway tracks in Kent is thought to have been electrocuted. The teenager’s body was discovered at Herne Bay station shortly before 7am on Wednesday. She was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution, police said. Her death is being treated as unexplained while officers conduct investigations ...

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Tottenham target Gylfi Sigurdsson rejoins Swansea training after missing pre-season tour

Gylfi Sigurdsson has rejoined training with the Swansea first-team squad after missing the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. The Everton and Tottenham target withdrew from the Swans’ three-match Stateside trip two weeks ago with the club reporting he was not in “the right frame of mind” to travel. Sigurdsson has spent the past fortnight training with the Under-23 ...

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Tories scrap plan for free school breakfasts in 'humiliating U-turn'

Tory plans to offer all primary school children in England a free breakfast have been officially dropped in what Labour branded a “humiliating U-turn”. After Theresa May failed to win a majority, the Government confirmed on Wednesday that the flagship Conservative manifesto pledge, which vowed to end the free lunches to save money and replace them with the breakfasts, had ...

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