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Today's Top Medical Stories for Monday, July 14, 2014

CNN -- Making medical headlines this week, the popularity of hookahs, a possible new recipe for quitting smoking, and new concussion recommendations.
CNN -- Making medical headlines this week, the popularity of hookahs, a possible new recipe for quitting smoking, and new concussion recommendations.

A new study in the journal pediatrics shows hookah smoking is gaining popularity among high school seniors.

The study say nearly one out of five used the water pipe device sometime within the last year.

Researchers studied more than 5,500 high school seniors.

The CDC says hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking, and many high schoolers just don't know that.

Using both the nicotine patch and anti-smoking medication may be the best way to get smokers to kick the habit.

That's according to a new study, which followed nearly 450 smokers who used either the nicotine patch or a placebo with the drug Chantix.

They found the combination helped about 20 percent more people quit, than with the Chantix alone, after six-months.

The American Academy of Neurology is calling for a national concussion registry, as the number of athletes with sports related concussions stands at about 4-million per year in the U.S.

The organization wants mandatory reporting, and urges doctors to stand firm against coaches and others who want them to clear injured athletes before they're ready.


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