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OSU Study: Are E-Cigarrettes Bad For You?

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OSU’s James Cancer Hospital is researching the results of studies that look at the long-term health effects of smoking e-cigarettes versus smoking regular tobacco, according to The Lantern.

The main concerns are: are e-cigarettes basically the gateway nicotine to regular cigarettes, and will teens and young adults, among which e-cigarettes are most popular, become addicted to them?

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, from 2011 to 2015, the usage of e-cigarettes tripled among current smokers. For high-school students, it increased tenfold within four years.

Min-Ae Song, a researcher working on the studies, said that users can choose to lower the nicotine levels in e-cigs, but the flavor-containing liquid that’s in e-cigs “is toxic.”

To figure out the effects of e-cigs on regular users versus users of traditional tobacco, Song and her colleagues will study sample tissues from their lungs. The researchers will also conduct a separate study to see if e-cigs are connected to cancers or other smoking-related illnesses.

This is one of many studies that have looked into the effect of e-cigs.

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Meditation Monday

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week's meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher, and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University's Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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Columbus Marathon Canceled

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The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon has announced the cancelation of its 2020 Marathon. Originally planned for Oct. 18, the marathon is the latest in a string of future events cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Board Chairman Dan Leit stated “The safety of our athletes, volunteers, first responders, team and the entire community is the top priority for our event.” 

The races Director Darris Blackford stated in a press release that “When you think about the best health and safety practices needed to help slow the spread of the virus, holding a major running footrace isn’t the responsible thing to do right now.”

Since its debut in 2012, the race has raised over $10 million for Nationwide Children's Hospitals patients and families. 

There is not yet an announcement on what form of fundraising event will take place instead, and athletes have been sent instructions for how to receive a refund for the event in the meantime. 
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{WATCH} Meditation Monday

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self-help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week’s meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University’s Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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