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In this Feb. 4, 2014, photo, U.S. Surgeon General appointee Vivek Murthy appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. surgeon general is calling e-cigarettes an emerging public health threat to the nation's youth. In a report being released Thursday, Murthy acknowledges a need for more research into the health effects of "vaping," but says e-cigarettes aren't harmless and too many teens are using them. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Surgeon general sounds the alarm over e-cigarettes

- The Washington Times

An “alarming” rate of teenagers and young adults are using electronic cigarettes, according to an Obama administration report Thursday that says one in six high school student use “e-cigs” or “vapes” despite strides in cutting the use of traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products.

A diver dressed as Santa Claus feeds fish during the annual Christmas event at Tokyo's Sunshine International Aquarium in Tokyo, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

‘Tis the season to stay healthy and safe

Along with the joys of the season, the holidays call us to shop at busier than usual stores; attend special parties and events; as well as travel for extended amounts of time with planes, trains and automobiles to visit family and friends.

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Passengers walk past an art exhibit at Logan International Airport in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. The exhibit consists of larger-than-life posters of nearly three dozen people _ some ordinary, some famous _ who have struggled with mental illness. A portrait of Run-D.M.C founder Darryl McDaniels is at right. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston airport exhibit sheds light on mental illness

- Associated Press

An exhibit opening Friday at Boston's Logan International Airport featuring larger-than life-photographs along with the personal stories of people who have struggled with mental illness is designed to shine light on a topic often kept in the dark.

Oregon teenager's death inspires grandmother to share story

- Associated Press

Jamie Heizelman wishes she would have known that her 15-year-old grandson, Brandon Kimble, was so distraught, but no one came forward. By the time she learned that the boy she called "Honeybear" was feeling suicidal, he was already gone.

Treasurer-elect unhappy with coverage for sex-change surgery

Associated Press

The health insurance plan for North Carolina government employees, teachers, retirees and their families next month will begin covering some sex change surgeries and hormone therapy, but the incoming state treasurer isn't happy about the decision.