Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Would-be moms, beware: Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause birth defects

Smoking e-cigarettes during pregnancy could cause facial defects in the babies, a study warns. The findings suggested that e-cigarettes pose health risks despite being widely considered a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes. Researchers exposed frog embryos and samples of mammalian neural crest cells to saline infused with e-cigarette vapour. Frogs, like other vertebrates, are similar to humans embryonically, said Amanda Dickinson, from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in the US. “This means that if a chemical perturbs a frog embryo, it’s likely to do the same thing to a human…

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iPhone That Could Solve Louisiana Mom’s Murder Languishes Unused

iPhone That Could Solve Louisiana Mom’s Murder Languishes Unused

Almost a year after Brittney Mills was shot dead in the doorway of her Baton Rouge, Louisiana home, the iPhone that might reveal who pulled the trigger languishes on an evidence shelf. Police think the pregnant mother’s smartphone could hold texts or diary entries revealing who killed her. But the data remains cloaked by encryption, guarded by an unknown pass code and unreachable by investigators. The prospect of hidden information tantalizes the victim’s family. In an echo of the better-known cases surrounding iPhones used by a terrorist in San Bernardino,…

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iPhone That Could Solve Louisiana Mom’s Murder Languishes Unused

iPhone That Could Solve Louisiana Mom’s Murder Languishes Unused

Almost a year after Brittney Mills was shot dead in the doorway of her Baton Rouge, Louisiana home, the iPhone that might reveal who pulled the trigger languishes on an evidence shelf. Police think the pregnant mother’s smartphone could hold texts or diary entries revealing who killed her. But the data remains cloaked by encryption, guarded by an unknown pass code and unreachable by investigators. The prospect of hidden information tantalizes the victim’s family. In an echo of the better-known cases surrounding iPhones used by a terrorist in San Bernardino,…

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