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  • Wandering Eye: A local sex shop takes on '50 Shades of Grey,' remembering Babe Ruth's local roots, and more

    Wandering Eye: A local sex shop takes on '50 Shades of Grey,' remembering Babe Ruth's local roots, and more
    A brand-new Johns Hopkins University-led study published in Plos One has found that mice inhaling electronic-cigarette vapor on a human scale, from the types of e-cigs widely available at convenience stores, showed an increased risk of viral and bacterial lung infections. The study has prompted alarmist  headlines, but a Plos One commenter, Niall O'Byrne, detects in the study a "bias against e-cigarettes" and points out that "a robust study" would have presented "a direct comparison with the effects of cigarette smoking" on mice, so as to get a sense of the relative risk, in light of the prominent use of e-cigs as a smoking-cessation device. (Disclosure: this writer quit smoking with e-cigs, and hasn't smoked a cigarette in 10 months after more than 30 years of heavy smoking.) Prominent public-health and anti-smoking researcher Michael Siegel of Boston University also criticized the study on his blog, writing of "the dangers of extrapolating from mice" to humans by noting "a nearly identical study which found that mice treated with aspirin exhibit impaired clearance of bacteria from their lungs." He adds that "the only existing clinical evidence" from studying humans "is that switching from smoking to e-cigarettes can actually reverse one form of obstructive airways disease," asthma, and that all the Hopkins study "really demonstrated was something we already knew: that e-cigarette aerosol can cause respiratory irritation." On the up side, the Hopkins researchers also found that the vapors contain about 1 percent of the cell-damaging toxins found in cigarette smoke, yet spun this finding as a bad thing. (Van Smith)
  • Happening Saturday: Orioles FanFest, a new project from Height Keech, and more

    Happening Saturday: Orioles FanFest, a new project from Height Keech, and more
    -Orioles FanFest: We enjoy ourselves some FanFest, always have. We've enjoyed it ever since we went for the first time in the '90s, and it was still at the warehouse, instead of the Convention Center, and we got the autographs of Mike Mussina and Rafael...

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Lester Spence

    2015 Resolutions for Baltimore: Lester Spence
    Over the past several decades we’ve become obsessed with metrics. How do we know how well our public schools are doing? Average test scores. How do we compare colleges to one another? Average SAT scores. How did some people know the Orioles were...

    News Hole

    No huge news today, so let's get straight to the News Hole: One Step Closer: City Council committee votes 5-0 to support Leonard Hamm's appointment to the position of city police chief. Hamm goes before the full council March 14 for final confirmation....

    Catch-Up

    I've been super-busy the past few days, so let's catch up on some pretty decent and/or distressing stories from over the weekend and other stuff I've found, with maybe a short News Hole later. Charm City Massacre: The fact that 50 Cent's new album, The...