Medpage TodayTobacco’s role in movies falls, alcohol’s rises
Tobacco and smoking were seen less frequently on movie screens from 1996 to 2009, but scenes with alcohol and drinking in movies aimed at youth have risen, researchers found.

Chicago TribuneSo far, new ‘bird flu’ virus not a threat in the U.S.
From Anthony Komaroff, MD: “The world is full of different flu viruses. Most of them infect just animals, and often just one type of animal. Sometimes a flu virus “jumps” from one animal to another. Sometimes, it’s even able to jump from animals to humans. That’s what has happened with H7N9. It has jumped from chickens and ducks to humans. So far, none of the health care workers caring for people stricken with the new virus have contracted the virus. No travelers from China to the U.S. have been found carrying the virus. In other words, at present there doesn’t appear to be a clear threat to people outside of Eastern China.”

TIMEPatients who are more involved in medical decisions pay more
We’re supposed to be more proactive about our health, and engage in making decisions that can impact our care. But what if that decision-sharing just adds to our medical bills?

ABC NewsRicin-laced letters sent to Michael Bloomberg contained angry note over gun control
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the latest high-profile target of poison-tainted letters sent though the mail, police revealed yesterday. The leader of the nation’s largest city was threatened anonymously in two letters sent to Bloomberg’s offices in Manhattan and Washington, D.C., NYPD spokesperson Paul Browne said.

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CDC to host Twitter chat on Hepatitis C testing — Today at 2 p.m., the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will discuss preventive strategies for the “silent epidemic in the United States,” with more than 3 million infected adults.