Learning more about e-cigarettes and patient portals
Scott LaMar | 03.17.14
Electronic cigarettes are being marketed as a safe alternative to traditional smokes. But are they really safe?
E-cigarettes aren't approved by the Food and Drug Administration in part because there has been very little research into how or whether they affect human health.
Various electronic cigarettes
An e-cigarette or cigar may or may not look like it's tobacco-filled counterpart. Some can resemble a pen or even a tire gauge. They're battery powered and activated when the user inhales through a mouthpiece. A heater vaporizes liquid nicotine into a small cartridge and also produces what looks like smoke. Some don't contain nicotine.
Recently on witf's Smart Talk program, Dr. Jonathan Foulds, a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry at Penn State Hershey explained what he's learned about e-cigarettes.
Also discussed on the show, patient portals could be the next big thing as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Patient portals are on-line tools where patients can go 24 hours a day to schedule appointments, check medications and doctor's notes, and get answers to common health questions.
witf reporter Ben Allen has studied patient portals and let us know what he's discovered.
Listen to the episode below: