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Invasive Tick Species Spreads in Eastern US

An invasive tick species first identified inside the US in New Jersey last fall has apparently survived the winter and has now popped up in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, and New York. So far, the longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), which transmits several serious illnesses in Asian countries, has not been found to …

Vaping Damages Immune Cells, Researchers Find

The vapor inhaled from e-cigarettes is toxic to immune cells in the lung known as alveolar macrophages, according to an in vitro study published yesterday (August 13) in Thorax. Using lung tissue samples from eight nonsmokers, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, over a period of 48 hours, the vapor led …