Lorna Sheridan: Education Roundup, Sept. 3

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Vaping warning: A Health Alert has been issued for lung injuries related to vaping cannabis, oils or nicotine products in Sonoma County after the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a statewide Health Alert. While there are currently no cases of vaping-related lung illness reported in the county, Health Officer Celeste Philip has requested local clinicians to watch for symptoms, inquire about use of vaping products, and report any suspected cases. Since June, 36 cases of vaping-associated lung illness requiring hospitalization were reported in California.

SRJC: More than 24,000 students are taking classes on Santa Rosa Junior College’s five campuses this fall semester.

Fluoride risks?: A study published in JAMA Pediatrics reopens the debate as to whether adding fluoride to drinking water is a safe way to prevent tooth decay or a potentially toxic mistake. The research found that high fluoride exposure during pregnancy correlated to lower IQ scores among young children, especially boys. “Based on the current evidence, it is a reasonable recommendation to tell women to reduce their fluoride intake during pregnancy,” said study co-author Christine Till.

Internship roundup: Did your high school or college student have an interesting internship this summer? Help current students to learn about all the possibilities available to them. Email details to

Pancake breakfast: The Sonoma Valley Girl Scouts are hosting a Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, Sept. 7 from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Sonoma Vets Building. 126 First St. West

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