Does vaping cause lung cancer?

A woman vapes with an e-cigarette

Smoking is the leading cause of death and disease in the United States.

Some people trying to kick their smoking habits have switched to vaping, but whether or not inhaling the aerosol “vapor” from e-cigarettes is any safer than cigarette smoke is still up for debate.

Scientists are still trying to determine definitively if e-cigarettes are an effective alternative for those who want to quit smoking. Since they are so new and so much is unknown about what they do, the American Cancer Society only recommends that adults who already smoke use them as a complete substitute for tobacco products, not in addition to cigarettes.

Read on to learn more about the health problems associated with vaping.

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Starting healthy habits at age 60—and beyond

When is the last time you jogged up a staircase? Bounced to your feet after sitting on the floor? Dashed to the kitchen to pull something from the oven?

Time makes us wiser, but it also takes a toll on our bodies. As you age, you might have started to notice that some things you did with ease when you were younger now take a little more time and effort these days, better health after age 60 is possible.

All seniors experience some occasional aches, but growing older doesn’t have to come with chronic soreness and debilitating pain that keep you from doing what you love.

There are a variety of things you can do and changes you can make—even today!—that will make a difference in how you feel.

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Feeling stressed? Tips for managing anxiety and staying healthy

Remember awkward, sweaty handshakes before meetings? Watching a summer blockbuster in a crowded theater? Sending your kids off to school on a crowded bus? Shopping leisurely in grocery stores that were always fully stocked?

Living during the “new normal” caused by COVID-19 is anything but normal. The current world-wide coronavirus crisis has ravaged the way we all go about living. It has been stressful for everyone.

Stress is an equal opportunity bully. From kids to seniors, many people these days are struggling with feelings of confusion and fear because no one can say for sure when the challenges of this current way of life will be over.

When stress is chronic, it can affect your health in physical, psychological, psychosocial, and psychospiritual ways. To get by, it’s important to pay attention to you and your loved one’s mental health.

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Monitoring your body temperature: what’s normal?

The experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend self-monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19, such as difficulty breathing, fatigue, dry cough, and fever (or an elevated body temperature of 100.4° Fahrenheit or more).

As the “Stay at Home” orders are relaxing across the state of Indiana, more and more Hoosiers are returning to work and starting to go out again. Safety and vigilance are vital for keeping our community as healthy as possible and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

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How to feed a picky eater

Spend any amount of time around strong-willed children, and you’ll quickly discover just how common it is for kids to be finicky about something.

Some forms of fussy behavior are easier to ignore than others. Though it might be annoying, you can generally make it work if your daughter insists on wearing princess dresses every day, or your son says he will only brush his teeth using a red toothbrush.

But, unfortunately, other hard-to-please behaviors that sometimes pop up as a phase of child development, like choosiness when it’s time to eat, can be intimidating and harder to deal with. But don’t give up. You are not alone, and a different outcome at mealtime is possible.

Keep reading to learn how to avoid mealtime battles and raise kids who aren’t afraid of food (and might even be willing try new, healthy things).

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