Juul Once Looked Too Big to Fail. Lawsuits and Federal Regulations Are Changing That

It’s been a rough fall for Juul. After weeks of intensifying scrutiny from federal regulators, resulting in plans to pull many of its products off the market entirely, the company was hit on Oct. 29 with an explosive lawsuit filed by a former financial executive at the company, who alleged that Juul knowingly sold at least a million contaminated mint-flavored nicotine pods earlier this year. The plaintiff, former senior vice president of global finance Siddharth Breja, claims he was wrongfully terminated for raising concerns about the sale of these pods. The claims, which Juul vigorously denied in a statement provided to TIME, caused a stir—especially since they came to light in the middle of a mysterious outbreak of vaping-related lung diseases, which public-health officials have tied to products that contain THC, particularly bootleg versions. (Juul’s pods contain only nicotine; Breja’s lawyer did not respond to TIME’s request for clarification about the alleged cause of contamination.) As much attention as the juicy lawsuit received, however, experts say it’s only a small part of a much larger legal headache for Juul, one that has been building for months and could threaten the company’s future viability. The new lawsuit was “fuel added to a flame that’s already burning pretty hot,” says Mary Crossley, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who specializes in health care. As the lawsuits pile u...
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Conclusions In cases where normal skin is still present on the axillary and cubital fossa with scar contracture caused by extensive burns, the subcutaneous propeller flap methods and their modifications should be considered one of the most useful versatile reconstruction methods. Namaste flap in addition to the advantages of subcutaneous pedicle propeller flap also negates the disadvantages caused by the use of split skin grafting of the donor area.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Burn Surgery and Research Source Type: research
Conclusions We conclude that patients with burn sequelae involving the anterior neck and thorax have a significantly greater degree of flap descent and neck extension compared with patients with burn sequelae involving only the anterior neck. Flaps of a larger surface area or use of multiple flaps for neck resurfacing may be considered to avoid significant flap descent associated with burn sequelae involving both the anterior neck and thorax.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Burn Surgery and Research Source Type: research
Conclusions While there was a low incidence of upper extremity nerve injuries associated with upper extremity trauma, the ulnar nerve was most frequently injured. Males were twice as likely to sustain a traumatic upper extremity nerve injury, with laceration being the most common mechanism of injury. The average ED cost associated with upper extremity nerve injuries in the United States was determined to be approximately $5779.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Research Source Type: research
Conclusions We present a quick, simple, and affordable method to decellularize a muscle flap through the vascular network. Our proposed method is efficient and can be completed in a significantly shorter time when compared with other methods. It is also safe and does not affect integrity of tissue, and this is essential for a reliable recellularization.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Transplantation Surgery and Research Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn this high-risk low-income cohort, contributions of risk factors to HF varied, particularly by race. To reduce the population burden of HF, interventions tailored for specific race and sex groups may be warranted.Graphical abstract
Source: JACC: Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
In conclusion, participants suggest that tailored secondary prevention programming that acknowledges and targets the unique exercise, psychological, and peer support needs of patients with SCAD, as well as increased education for healthcare providers, may be integral to promote patients in their recovery.
Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
This study presents an exploratory characterization on the effect of build orientation on deformation behavior of Ti–6Al–4V rods produced through electron beam melting (EBM). Microstructural differences in horizontally and vertically printed rods were characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) coupled with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). A typical microstructure of the alloy consists of primary-α and vanadium-enriched β phases. Compared to the horizontal samples, vertically print...
Source: Materials Science and Engineering: A - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: Materials Science and Engineering: AAuthor(s): Lei Dai, Zhong Liu, Liming Yu, Yongchang Liu, Zengmin ShiAbstractFe–9Cr ODS alloys elaborated by mechanical milling (MM) and followed by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) and hot rolling (HR) have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atom probe tomography (APT) to understand their microstructural characterization. The as-HIP alloy exhibited equiaxed ferrite and contained nanoparticles and low density of dislocations. The as-HR alloy manifested elongated ferrite and contained nanoclusters and h...
Source: Materials Science and Engineering: A - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
This study investigated microstructure formation as a function of orientation-dependent surface tension anisotropy during directional solidification of Al-4.5%Cu alloy. Axial dendrites (AD), tilted dendrite (TD), and degenerate pattern (DP) were identified in the solidified microstructures of the single crystals. A single-crystal specimen with a stable DP, which was characterized by successive splitting tips, was carefully prepared and specifically investigated. The corresponding mechanical properties were compared with those of single-crystal AD and TD specimens. The ductility and toughness of the single-crystal specimen ...
Source: Materials Science and Engineering: A - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
Conclusion and Perspectives Arbovirus infections, such as CHIKV, have been growing worldwide and are becoming a major public health problem, especially in immuno-compromised classes such as children and the elderly. CHIKV is dangerous since it can cause arthritis, fever and other impairments, making it necessary to seek new ways to counter the proliferation of this virus. Knowing the vector’s competence is fundamentally important, including an understanding of the vector virus interaction and the modulation of this interaction. Despite advances in the knowledge of mosquito competence in the transmission of CHIKV, li...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
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