FOX News – Study ties more deaths, types of disease, to smoking
Breast cancer, prostate cancer, and even routine infections. A new report ties these and other maladies to smoking and says an additional 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use. 
The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, looks beyond lung cancer, heart disease and other conditions already tied to smoking, and the 480,000 U.S. deaths attributed to them each year.
“Smokers die, on average, more than a decade before nonsmokers,” and in the U.S., smoking accounts for one of every five deaths, Dr. Graham Colditz, an epidemiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis wrote in a commentary in the journal.

USA Today – Infected commuter could have exposed thousands to measles
The first case of measles in a county east of San Francisco could mean tens of thousands of commuters have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.
A Contra Costa County resident who had contracted the disease commuted from home to work in San Francisco while infectious, Contra Costa Public Health officials said Wednesday.
During peak commute hours across the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 50,000 riders on the Bay Area Rapid Transit, or BART, train system.
“Although the risk of contracting measles by being exposed on BART is low, Bay Area residents should be aware of the situation,” the agency said.

TIME – Cholesterol is not a ‘nutrient of concern,’ report says
New dietary recommendations are due later this year from the U.S. government, and big changes could be coming for cholesterol.
A preliminary document from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released in December and reported this week by the Washington Post, states that “cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” That one sentence could drastically change the way Americans think about cholesterol-containing foods, like eggs, shrimp, butter and cheese. If the stance is adopted in forthcoming recommendations from the USDA and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which jointly set national nutrition guidelines, it may mean a vast departure from guidelines set just five years ago.

The New York Times – Withdrawing troops, Obama calls for vigilance on Ebola
President Obama announced on Wednesday that the United States was withdrawing almost all of its troops from the fight against Ebola in West Africa, but he said the world needed to remain vigilant as it sought to eradicate the deadly disease.
“While our troops are coming home, America’s work is not done,” Mr. Obama told an audience that included six Ebola survivors. “Our mission is not complete. Today we move into the next phase.”