Health care

8th person dies from vaping-related lung illness

A man vaping and puffing out smoke
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A Missouri man in his mid-40s became the 8th person in the U.S. to die from a lung-related illness linked to vaping on Thursday, according to the state's Department of Health and Senior Services.

What's happening: As of Sept. 19, the CDC reports there are 530 possible cases of severe respiratory illnesses among people who vaped nicotine or cannabis products in 38 states and 1 territory. The number of cases has jumped 50% in 1 week. Deaths have also occurred in Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, California, Oregon and Illinois, per the Washington Post.

Migrants battling serious illness can again get temporary deportation protection

A migrant in a wheelchair who would have been impacted by the ending of a medical deferred action program.
Immigrants Mariela, Jonathan, who has cysic fibrosis, and Gary Sanchez after a press conference on the termination of medical deferred action. Photo: Nic Antaya/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Immigrants battling serious illnesses in the U.S. can again receive temporary protection from deportation from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), according to a Department of Homeland Security email sent to House Oversight Committee members on Thursday.

Why it matters: USCIS stopped accepting applications for the medical deferred action program last month. Reports of immigrants battling life-threatening illnesses who might have been forced to leave the country sparked outcry from lawmakers and the public. The email to Oversight Committee members said that acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan directed USCIS to reinstate the program.