NEW YORK: The Dutch Health Ministry sounded an early warning on Thursday about the possible health risks of electronic cigarettes,announcing plans to clamp down on labelling ahead of European regulations. The move followed an analysis of existing scientific research by the National Institute for Public Health,the leading Dutch government health advisory body. The institute said it was concerned about a lack of evidence on the possible health effects of e-cigarettes,and said that as a precaution,they should not be used by pregnant women or in the vicinity of children. Some health experts say e-cigarettes battery-powered metal tubes that turn nicotine-laced liquid into vapour may be the answer to helping millions of smokers to quit and. Smoking tobacco causes lung cancer and other chronic respiratory diseases and is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease,the worlds number one killer.
Later bedtimes tied to school problems for teens
NEW YORK: One quarter of adolescents go to bed after 11.30 pm on school nights,according to a new US study,which also finds that those kids tend to perform worse in school and to have greater emotional distress than peers who go to bed earlier. If teens sleep patterns are in conflict with their natural circadian rhythms,then that also has repercussions on cognitive function and emotional regulation as well as potential health consequences, said Dr Judith Owens,director of Sleep Medicine at the Childrens National Medical Center in Washington,DC. It is estimated that between 45 and 85 per cent of sixth-to-12th graders sleep less than the recommended nine hours on school nights,according to the report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. And nearly half of students 44 per cent report difficulty staying awake during school,the study finds.
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