TIME – Bribery is the best way to quit smoking, study shows
A new study found that the best way to get people to quit smoking was to bribe them.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study found that even more important than rewarding people with cash if they quit was the threat of losing money if they weren’t successful.
By comparing five different smoking cessation techniques among over 2,000 CVS Caremark employees, the study found that techniques requiring an up-front cash deposit that would be taken away if the participant didn’t successfully quit were much more effective than those that simply offered a cash reward.

ABC News – Cuban-developed lung cancer vaccine could arrive in US
As U.S. relations with Cuba thaw, one unexpected byproduct could be the introduction of a Cuban-developed lung cancer vaccine in the U.S. Called Cimavax, an innovative vaccine that was developed to help treat lung cancer patients in Cuba, where lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death.
The immunotherapy treatment could be coming to the U.S. thanks in part to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, which is working with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to bring the treatment to the U.S.
ABC News spoke to Dr. Kelvin Lee, the chairman of the Department of Immunology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, to learn more about the new medication.

Philadelphia Inquirer – Philly schools explore privatizing health services
The Philadelphia School District wants to upgrade and expand health services, officials announced yesterday, but could it come at the expense of school nurses?
Superintendent William Hite said the district will explore the option to contract with private providers to offer students more access to health services, which have been drastically reduced because of budget cuts, leaving many schools without a full-time nurse. He said the move does not mean the district will get rid of the 183 nurses it employs.
“The . . . nurses that we have have been doing extraordinary work, and this is an attempt to also provide them with hopefully what could be a resource or more resources that will provide for more children having access to quality care, particularly in schools,” Hite said.

USA Today – Indiana community’s HIV outbreak a warning to rural America
This small, close-knit community is a picture of rural America, with stubble-filled cornfields and a Main Street lined by churches, shops and sidewalks. It’s also the unlikely epicenter of the largest outbreak of HIV, the AIDS virus, in Indiana’s history — and a warning to the rest of the nation.
Public health experts say rural places everywhere contain the raw ingredients that led to Austin’s tragedy. Many struggle with poverty, addiction and doctor shortages, and they lag behind urban areas in HIV-related funding, services and awareness. And the same lack of anonymity that gives rural towns their charm foments a strong stigma that discourages testing and treatment.
“The conditions that led to this outbreak could happen throughout the United States,” says Jerome Adams, Indiana’s state health commissioner.