Learn about an effective smoking deterrent in this medical report.
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Dr. Susan Sharma: This is Insidermedicine in 60. From Pennsylvania - According to research in the New England Journal of Medicine, financial incentives are an effective smoking deterrent. In a study of nearly 900 smokers, researchers found that 15% of those rewarded with financial incentives quit smoking, compared to 5% of those who only received educational materials. Incentives consisted of $100 for program completion, $250 for quitting within six months, and $400 for abstaining for another six months. From London - According to a report in the Times of London, the researcher who linked childhood vaccines to autism in a 1998 falsified his study data. The report claims that Dr. Andrew Wakefield altered clinical findings in 8 of 12 children, in order to support his claim that the MMR vaccine could lead to autism; a statement, which relate to a drop in vaccination rates. The report noted that in 2008 there were over 1,300 reported cases of measles in the UK, compared to 56 cases in 1998. And finally, from Houston - According to research in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, contrast agents for Echocardiography improve visualization. In a study of over 600 patients, researchers found that nearly 33% of those who had an echocardiogram, which included a micro-bubble contrast agent, did not require additional diagnostic procedures, while drug management was altered among 10%. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.