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Vaping causes ‘slime cloak,’ mouth stress, researchers say

Vapers may think twice before taking another puff after learning of a new study revealing e-cigarettes’ power to produce “slime cloaks” in users’ mouths. Though the vapers involved in the study were in their early 20s and healthy, the study also warned that “at the molecular level, they were living life on the edge.” A study, published on May 27 in the research magazine Science Advances, showed how e-cigarettes can place stress on the oral microbiome and create an environment resembling a gum disease called periodontitis. While the effect of e-cigarettes on the respiratory system has received a lot of attention, the Ohio State University researchers say their study offers some of the earliest experimental evidence on e-cigarettes’ toll on oral microbial ecosystems. Senior author Purnima Kumar, professor at Ohio State’s College of Dentistry, told Inverse that oral bacteria coat themselves in a slime layer when exposed to vapor. While the “slime cloak” presents a challenge for healthy bacteria in attaching to the colony, it remains vulnerable to pathogenic characters, the outlet wrote. “Most importantly, these changes happen within three to 12 months of vaping,” Kumar told Inverse. “This is the fastest change [to the oral microbiome] to a human behavior that we have observed so far, [including] diet, antibiotic use, smoking [and] hookah.” Long-term consequences are unclear at this point because the findings are so new. The researchers conducted the study by collecting plaque samples just below the gums in a group of smokers, nonsmokers, former smokers who switched to e-cigarettes and dual-users. The study revealed 284 genes in vapers that were enriched, which signaled oral bacteria had entered a stress-response mode and created the slime layer. Researchers also reported increased levels of inflammatory cytokines, which also entails a bodily immune-response. CHEMICAL BURNS FROM VAPING? LUNG DAMAGE RESEMBLES MUSTARD GAS EXPOSURE, MAYO CLINIC DOCTORS SAY Kumar explained the inflammatory pathways activated among smokers and vapers differed, meaning vapers could see different consequences from the inflammation. The team pointed to two sugar alcohols, glycerol and propylene glycol, that may be the drivers of the changes in e-cigarette users’ mouths. Researchers also found the films continued to spread in the absence of nicotine. According to the study, 6 percent of Americans (including 3 million high school students) use e-cigarettes. The newly discovered changes in vapers’ oral microbiomes, not to mention previous reports of vaping-related fatalities and lung injuries, could be reason for alarm over additional health consequences to come.

One word..  Ewww!   If you vape, you’ve been warned.  If you don’t, but know someone who does, forward this article to them..

Ohio State course to teach how to identify microaggressions, privilege

Ohio State University will be offering a new course in the spring semester that will focus on how to “identify microaggressions” and “systems of power and privilege,” The College Fix reported. The syllabus says the class will offer insight into developing “an understanding of major social justice concepts.” The course literature includes a reading list with works such as, “Waking up White: What it means to accept your legacy, for better and worse,” and “Readings for diversity and social justice.” According the syllabus, the class will “grasp their role within greater society and how they can work to create social justice.” “Students will learn to value their own self-identity and the identities of others different from them,” the syllabus also added. The “Crossing identity boundaries: A journey towards intercultural leadership” course meets a mandatory diversity and General Education requirement for the University. The goal of the course is to offer an “intellectual and experiential engagement” on issues within “different social and cultural groups.”

Wow..  What a bunch of silly, extreme liberal, politically correct psychobbable!  This is the kind of crap that is destroying the soul of our country, and it’s being fed to young skulls full of mush in our colleges and universities, who come out yelling “microaggression!” 24/7 like good little liberal unthinking robots.  Trust me..  I had such an experience over the Thanksgiving holiday with my misguided niece.  Awful..

FBI: Islamic State and Al-Qaeda Cleric Inspired Ohio State Attacker

The Somali college student who used a vehicle and a butcher knife to attack people at Ohio State University (OSU) this week was inspired by the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and deceased Yemeni-American al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, according to the FBI. “At this time, we are not aware of anyone else being involved in the planning of this attack, but the investigation continues,” said Angela L. Byers, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Cincinnati, reported the New York Times (NYT). “It appears that [the attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan] may have at least been inspired by Anwar Awlaki and the Islamic State.” Citing two unnamed law enforcement sources, CNN added, “The sources point to Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Facebook posts before his short-lived rampage on the Columbus campus. The posts referenced Awlaki, who was a leader of al Qaeda in Yemen. Sources also note the style of the attack was encouraged by ISIS in a recent online magazine.” Artan injured 11 people before he was shot dead by law enforcement. Although ISIS considers al-Qaeda to be its rival, various ISIS members and other Sunni jihadists have been known to be fans of Awlaki. The U.S. government executed Awlaki, but his propaganda has inspired some domestic attacks in the United States in the years after his death. Artan, a permanent U.S. resident born in Somalia, praised the radical American-born al-Qaeda cleric as a “hero” in a Facebook rant he posted just minutes before ramming his car into a cluster of pedestrians and then slashing some of them with a butcher knife Monday morning. “I am sick and tired of seeing [Muslims] killed & tortured everywhere,” he added, according to media reports. “If you want us Muslims to stop carrying lone wolf attacks, then make peace,” Artan also wrote. “We will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. Despite ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack, investigators believe it was a lone wolf attack. Investigators are going through “the detailed analysis of electronic devices, social media accounts and other materials” linked to Artan and “have conducted dozens of interviews with family members, co-workers, neighbors and others,” noted Byers from the FBI. Artan spent seven years in Pakistan, a terrorist breeding ground, before entering the United States as a refugee in 2014.

And to think that when this story broke, local law enforcement in Ohio were tripping all over themselves saying they couldn’t say if this was terrorist related or not.  We, of course, could tell instantly what this was.  THIS is what Obama has so foolishly been importing into our country by the THOUSANDS.  Keep this in mind the next time you hear some self-righteous, sanctimonious, liberal talking head on tv whine about Trump wanting to put a moratorium on immigrants from middle eastern, and northern Africa countries.  That’s just basic common sense; something the agenda-driven, dominantly liberal mainstream media (and most Democrat politicians) don’t have.