Top stories in health and medicine this morning, March 16, 2012

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1. Diabetes Risk: White Rice Joins White Bread. Eating more white rice may up the risk of type 2 diabetes, especially for Asian populations.

2. Anti-Smoking Ads Pull No Punches. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled an ad campaign Thursday featuring stark — and often gruesome images — of former smokers talking about what life is like with a smoking-related disease.

3. Do Cervical Ca Tests Less Often, Task Force Says. Women ages 21 to 29 should undergo cervical cancer screening with Pap tests every three years and then every five years with Pap and HPV tests until age 65.

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