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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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Ugly Is the New Look for Cigarette Packs

The New York Times

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During the twentieth century, imagery on cigarette packs communicated that smoking was cool and young, and it encouraged young people, as well as adults, to smoke. In 2012, Australia started “unbranding the pack,” which standardized cigarettes without a brand and showed the physically gruesome ef...

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In healthcare, what makes Maine different?

Los Angeles Times

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Northern Maine is home to some of America's poorest - but it ranks high on national measures of health. Hospital programs visit more patients in their homes where they can be more comfortable and receive everything they need, which in turn reduces medical costs.

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Paying People to Be Healthy Usually Works, if the Public Can Stomach It

The New York Times

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Many Americans have unhealthy habits which increase their likelihood of getting sick at the cost of taxpayer dollars. Paying people to drop their unhealthy habits has been proven to be an effective way to keep people healthy and save taxpayer dollars.

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This Cuban lung cancer drug is giving some U.S. patients hope

PBS NewsHour

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CIMAvax, a new lung cancer treatment based in Cuba, has proved to stop and reduce the growth of tumors. Although it's not FDA regulated, many Americans are turning to the therapeutic drug in hopes of reducing the effects of cancer.

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Breaking bad habits: Mindful addiction recovery

Al Jazeera

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

One of the hardest problems in tackling addiction is understanding how to approach it. In this video a University of Massachusetts psychiatrist is implementing mindfulness tools as a way to steer the brain away from addictive tendencies.

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Australia: Has it Cracked the Solution to Curb Smoking?

BBC

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Tough laws, taxes, and a public information campaign helped cut Australia’s adult smoking rate in half. The country leads the world in these efforts, including being the first to require plain tobacco packaging in 2012. However, some smokers protest, saying that the government is interfering with...

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As with birth control, Colorado makes anti-smoking drugs available at pharmacies — no doctor visit required

The Colorado Sun

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With a new prescribing protocol in place, drug store pharmacists can prescribe anti-smoking medications. People often visit a pharmacy more than their doctor, and the new protocol allows greater access to necessary medications for those wishing to quit.

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Stopping US teens from smoking, one town at a time

The Christian Science Monitor

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Activists hope to reduce the number of young smokers by raising the legal smoking age to 21. Instead of working for a national change, they're tackling the issue one small town at a time.

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A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.

The New York Times

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For doctors, reading CT scans can be time consuming and the readings aren't always accurate. In a possible move towards better efficiency, researchers from Google are collaborating with several medical centers to use artificial intelligence to interpret hard-to-read scans such as those that indic...

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