A new study will follow more than 40,000 tobacco users in an initiative announced by the FDA and National Institute of Health. The goals of the study will include “determining what makes people susceptible to smoking and tobacco use, evaluating tobacco use patterns and resulting health problems [and] analyzing patterns of quitting and relapse.” More at MSN Health
A disease that is often costly and involves advanced technology to cure, cervical cancer is being treated in Thailand with a revolutionary new method. Doctors are using common and inexpensive vinegar, which turns precancerous cells white, and then freezing these cells off using a simple metal probe cooled by carbon dioxide.The method is actually thought to be more accurate than the common Pap smear, widely used in the US and Europe. More at NYT
In Africa, one of the most popular contraceptives is a hormone shot. While unwanted pregnancies have decreased, recent reports are showing that the risk of H.I.V has more than doubled in the same population of women. While more studies need to be conducted, these findings may be troubling. More at NYT.
In the deadliest case of food-borne illness in the history of the US, the CDC says 72 people have been sickened and 13 have died from a listeria outbreak. The illness resulted from the consumption of cantaloupes. While other diseases, including salmonella, have been found on the fruit, this is the first time listeria has been linked to whole melons. More at WebMD.