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Is Vaping Bad For You?

Posted on Thu, Feb 20, 2020

The outbreak of a new epidemic is alarming across the United States. Everyone is looking to vaping as the possible culprit of a series of severe and fatal lung infections.

Vaping Defined

Vaping is the inhaling of a vapor produced by an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). An e-cigarette is a battery-powered device that heats a liquid (e-juice) to form vapors that are then inhaled.

Vaping is increasing in the high school population with the introduction of the Juul, which is typically the size of a flash drive and often filled with a pod of flavored e-juice.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with the use of e-cigarettes, or vaping.

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Topics: wellbeing, community wellness, respiratory care

Supporting Individuals with Disabilities During the Holidays

Posted on Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Dr. Melissa Kimmerling, EdD, MOT, OTR/L is the Occupational Therapy Program Director at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC) and acts as part of the Social Justice and Inclusion Committee. As an NMC guest blogger, she shares a list of how to support individuals with disabilities and make the holidays enjoyable for all members of the family.

The holidays can be a time of happiness, cheer and good will for many. The lights, the parties — who wouldn’t be filled with joy? Unfortunately, this time of year may be even more difficult for individuals with disabilities.

You may find yourself in the presence of someone with a disability this holiday season, and we hope the following tips help you all get the most out of the holiday experience. 

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Topics: lists, wellbeing, social work

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