NBC News – Pictures Better Than Words For Scaring Smokers off Cigarettes
More smokers would try to quite if tobacco companies were forced to include frightening pictures on cigarette packs, researchers said Monday.
They found that smokers were more than 29 percent more likely to at least try quitting if they were given packets that carried images of rotting teeth or people dying of cancer.

The Atlantic – Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness
After a shooting, once the dust has settled, and the initial shock and panic has abated somewhat, fearful minds begin to cast about for explanations. Given the frequency with which gun deaths occur in the United States, “Why did this happen?” and “Who could do something like this?” are questions the country faces with grim regularity.
Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand when a mass shooting or other violent tragedy occurs. The perpetrator must have been mentally ill.

The Washington Post – Biden unveils launch of major, open-access database to advance cancer research
Vice President Biden on Monday announced the launch of a first-of-its kind, open-access cancer database to allow researchers to better understand the disease and develop more effective treatments.
The Genomic Data Commons, a part of the National Cancer Institute, contains the raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients, with more records to come as researchers contribute to it, he said. Besides detailed analyses of the molecular makeup of cancers, the database has information on which treatments were used and how patients responded.

Reuters – New research finds low risk of Zika virus at Olympics
New research attempting to calculate the risk of the Zika virus at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro may reassure organizers and many of the more than 500,000 athletes and fans expected to travel to the epicenter of the epidemic.
Controversy about the global gathering in August has grown as more about the disease becomes known. The mosquito-borne virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre.