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“This Week In Health” offers some highlights from the world of health news and wellness tips that you may have missed this week:

New Imaging Helps Detect Cancer In Dense Breast Tissue: For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new imaging technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) can lower the cost of diagnosis of breast cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Bubonic Plague In Our National Parks? The California Department of Public Health is investigating a second case of plague likely contracted by a Georgia native on a recent visit to Yosemite National Park. Tests are underway to confirm the person contracted the disease while vacationing in early August at the park, the Sierra National Forest, and surrounding area.

…And They Make You Look Uncool, Too. Even though teenage smoking rates have plunged in recent decades, teen use of electronic cigarettes has been on the rise in the last few years. Now, a new study involving more than 2,500 students at 10 Los Angeles schools has found that teens who began using e-cigarettes were far more likely than their peers to start smoking traditional cigarettes and other combustible tobacco products.

Always Controversy, Always Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola is coming under fire for funding new studies that are contrived to shift the blame for the obesity epidemic from unhealthy food to a lack of exercise, but others are wondering if all this public outrage aimed at the soda pop purveyor isn’t a tad misplaced.

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For a long time, inflation has been the phantom of the American economy: often expected but never seen. But the latest Consumer Price Index, which showed that prices rose by five percent from May of last year to May of this year, raises fears that it is breaking down the front door and taking over the guest room.

The price jump was the biggest one-month increase since 2008. It appears to support the warning of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who wrote in February that President Joe Biden's budget binge could "set off inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation." Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell charged last month that the administration has already produced "raging inflation."

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