Vaping Linked to Lung Disease Deaths, AMA Launches Initiative to Combat Physician Burnout, High Heat Affects Mental Health, Homelessness and ED Visits

Severe lung disease and vaping

Source: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

Here's The Latest in Health Care:

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have had over 200 reported cases across 25 states of severe lung disease with possible links to vaping. There have been 2 deaths so far from severe lung illness after vaping and federal authorities from the CDC and the FDA are working with state investigators to identify what toxin or substance might be causing the problem.  Read More

• The American Medical Association is launching its new Practice Transformation Initiative in an effort to fight physician burnout. The goal of the initiative is to support research and solutions surrounding the causes and impact of fatigue and burnout among practicing clinicians.  Read More

• While staying cool during the summer months is a matter of comfort for many of us, for those with mental illness, heat can be a dangerous hurdle in managing their conditions. Prescribed medications can play a major factor because some medications can interfere with the body's ability to regulate temperature and cause dehydration and even hallucinations.  Read More

• A recent study has found that individuals using homeless shelters visited the emergency department the most before entering and after exiting the shelter. There is potential for effective collaboration between hospitals and government programs to address housing insecurities as a way to improve health outcomes.  Read More

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