N.C. Legislators Seek Childproofing, Warning Labels on Disposable E Cigarettes and Other Vaping Products Mar31

N.C. Legislators Seek Childproofing, Warning Labels on Disposable E Cigarettes and Other Vaping Products...

E liquid, a substance used to create vapor in e cigarettes, could be subject to new packaging in North Carolina, thanks to a newly introduced legislative bill in the state. Senators Stan Bingham, R-Davidson, and Don Davis, D-Pitt, are co-sponsoring Senate Bill 286, which seeks to make childproof packaging and warning labels mandatory on bottles of e liquid, or the liquid that is used in electronic cigarettes and vaporizers. Vaping devices such as these serve as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes and are often used by current or former smokers looking to break the habit of tobacco use. The liquids used to produce vapor are available in more than 7,700 flavors from 466 different brands and counting. These liquids, typically used to refill rechargeable but not disposable e cigarettes, have created controversy over the past few months as poison control centers around the U.S. see more children accidentally ingesting this substance. While the flavor and carrier liquids ingredients in e liquid are relatively harmless, the nicotine is what can cause problems. Children who ingest e liquid with nicotine can experience nausea, vomiting, eye irritation, increased heart rate, dizziness, seizures and other serious complications. Last year, a toddler in New York State died as the result of accidental ingestion of e liquid. The law in North Carolina would ban the sale of any e liquid product that doesn’t have the correct child-resistant packaging and warning labels on the dangers of the product’s ingredients. If it passes, it will take effect Dec. 1 and result in a Class A1 misdemeanor charge for any businesses that violate this law. The bill dictates that child-resistant packaging is any bottle that would make it “significantly difficult” for a child under the age of five to open. Safety warnings would include information consistent with...

First Telemedicine Clinic Opens in Florida Mar30

First Telemedicine Clinic Opens in Florida...

Telemedicine is making strides to help homebound patients and people in rural areas receive the treatment and medical attention they need. In addition to being a benefit to patients with chronic illnesses that need monitoring, telemedicine is an asset to mental health patients, as well, allowing them to receive the counseling they need without having to find an office in a convenient location. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that telemedicine was an effective way to treat children with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD.) During the study, children were randomly assigned to two groups. The first group would receive combined pharmacotherapy in six sessions, supervised by a child psychiatrist via videoconferencing, meaning the patients were treated with psychotherapy and medication. The second group of children received treatment with their primary care providers, though this treatment was supplemented by telemedicine consultations. While children in both groups showed improvement, the children in the first group experienced a significantly higher rate of improvement. Families who participated in the study expressed enormous gratitude, as many of the children had been previously exposed to both therapy and medication but showed no signs of improvement. If you wish to receive treatment by telemedicine, you don’t have to wait around for the next study to be held, especially if you live in Florida. The first HIPAA-compliant telemedicine technology has been approved for use as a clinic in Florida. Called ClickAClinic, the technology was developed by a Wellington chiropractor who also owns a drug rehabilitation center in Lake Worth. ClickAClinic providers are required to be M.D. physicians, nurse practitioners, or physicians’ assistants, in order to provide the appropriate level of care. ClickAClinic accepts insurance, and non-Floridian patients should be aware that...

New Wearable Device Aims to Reduce Workplace Back Injuries...

Warehouse workers are responsible for making sure everything from food to iPads is properly transported to our hands. Yet the work of the average warehouse employee is some of the most dangerous work one can do. The warehousing industry is notorious for the prevalent rates of injury and illness among its workers. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that as many as 15,000 injuries and illnesses take place every year in warehouses across the country. To help combat against this grim statistic, New York City-based start-up Kinetic has recently introduced a wearable device that could help warehouses prevent against back injury and strain among their personnel. According to Fierce Mobile IT, the wearable consists of both a wristband and a back component that wraps around a worker’s waist — a sort of high-tech back brace. The two components communicate with one another to relay data about the worker’s movements, evaluating whether or not he or she is lifting objects properly. If the worker isn’t lifting an item properly, the wristband will light up to alert the worker of an injury risk. Additionally, managers can look at data collected from every worker who wears these devices, pinpointing employees who are at highest risk of injury and implementing safety programs to help prevent these injuries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that in 2013, more than 100,000 workplace injuries across all industries stemmed from improper lifting. These injuries cost enterprises $15 billion. Haytham Elhawary, founder of Kinetic, told Wired that the key to reducing these injuries is by making workers more aware of what their bodies are doing and how their actions affect their bodies. “Most workers have been trained to lift in a particular way, but when you get busy you lift in the fastest way, and maybe forget...

Technology and Tiny Homes Are Trending on the Green Home Market...

Over the last decade or so, there has been a much greater shift in the attention people give to the environment and the effects their actions have on it. The way we travel is a huge factor here, but so is the way we live. In efforts to live a more “green” lifestyle, more and more homeowners are turning to technology and tiny homes. One way homeowners choose to do this is to equip their homes with the latest and most energy-efficient technology. Green homeowners also often equip their homes with eco-friendly appliances, like convection ovens which use less energy and cook 25% faster, LED lighting, dual flush toilets, and solar panels. “I see a steady flow of buyers who are looking for energy-efficient homes,” Realtor Leland DiMeco told the Boston Globe. “Some are concerned about their carbon footprint. Others are looking for a home with good indoor air quality because they have allergies or chemical sensitivities, or they’re concerned about utility costs.” The most energy-efficient homes don’t just reduce the amount of energy they use. In fact, some homes even create their own energy — more than they can use. According to CNN, technology, strategic design, and clever architecture all come together to place Aktivhaus, a German-designed modular home, in the forefront of green home technology. Designed by Werner Sobek, the homes can react to changes in indoor and outdoor areas and work with nearby homes (called an Aktivhaus Network) to create and store energy. Since retrofitting a home with the newest energy-efficient technologies and homes that can produce and store their own energy aren’t in every homeowner’s price range, there is another popular green home option. The number of tiny homes is on the rise. The tiny home movement essentially advocates living...

Facebook’s New Messenger App Payment Feature Targets Mobile Device Users and Millennials...

Even though Apple Pay — one of the current industry leaders in mobile payment services for consumers — isn’t expected to account for more than 1% of all transactions during 2015, that bleak outlook on mobile pay plans didn’t stop Facebook from releasing its newest payment feature for its users. In fact, as TIME‘s Jacob Davidson recently reported, Facebook execs actually plan on losing money through the new mobile payment feature — and they aren’t bothered by it in the least. Facebook’s new mobile payment feature was designed specifically for use in its Messenger App, which is a separate mobile app from the main Facebook app and which users are required to download in order to access private Facebook chat messages on mobile devices. The payment feature now allows Facebook users to send money to each other via digital transactions, through Facebook’s app platform, which are nearly as simple as sending a text message. The concept of these mobile payment features isn’t new, and major social media and retail companies like Snapchat, Samsung, and Google have already joined Apple with offering similar mobile payment services for consumers. As Fortune has noted, mobile payment services are (slowly) becoming more popular, but only among certain demographics (most notably millennials). But the convenience that these services offer to consumers isn’t really transferred into a profit for the company offering the service, causing many companies to hold back from offering mobile payment services, because fees can really only be enacted on a very small scale in order to convince consumers to use the service. Thus, it’s likely that Facebook will lose more money from its newest mobile feature than it will gain. But as Davidson stated, making a profit isn’t really the point of these mobile payment features....