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USMLEMD: Weekly Health News

August 11, 2009

1. At a time when the government is ostensibly trying to cut health costs, why is it trying to ban something that might help people quit smoking tobacco, perhaps the most devastating health problem in the U.S.?

FDA smoke screen on e-cigarettes – Washington Times.

2. Handling money can make painful things feel less painful, a groundbreaking experiment shows. Researchers say it appears that the human brain sees cold, hard cash as a reasonable substitute for another pain buffer – love.

Study: Your Brain Thinks Money Is A Drug : NPR

3. The active ingredient in many insect repellents, deet, has been found to be toxic to the central nervous system. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Biology say that more investigations are urgently needed to confirm or dismiss any potential neurotoxicity to humans, especially when deet-based repellents are used in combination with other neurotoxic insecticides.

Popular insect repellent deet affects nervous system: study

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