This Week in PLoS Medicine: Secondhand smoke; Medicaid smoking cessation; Mobile apps for health monitoring

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Three new articles make their way to the PLoS Medicine homepage this week. Two articles are related to the health damages of tobacco smoke, and you can find more previously published articles related to smoking cessation on our homepage.

Majid Ezzati and colleagues report the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis that probes the association between environmental exposure to secondhand smoke and the epidemiology of pediatric invasive bacterial disease.

Thomas Land and colleagues show that among Massachusetts Medicaid subscribers, use of a comprehensive tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy benefit was followed by a substantial decrease in claims for hospitalizations for acute myocardial infarction and acute coronary heart disease.

Clark Freifeld and colleagues discuss mobile applications, including their own smartphone application, that show promise for health monitoring and information sharing.

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