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The below is the Prevent Cancer Foundation blog’s weekly look at news from around the web in the wellness and cancer prevention communities.

CDC Chief Says U.S. Smoking Rate of 20% is ‘a paradox’
After a 40-year decline, the U.S. smoking rate has hovered around 20% since 2005, although states with aggressive tobacco control programs have seen their rates drop as low as 13%, Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Tuesday. (USA Today)

Judge Keeps Ban on Stem Cell Funds
A U.S. judge refused on Tuesday to lift a ban on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research despite Obama administration warnings it would set back key research and cost more than a thousand jobs. (NY Times)

Magic Mushrooms May Ease Anxiety of Cancer: Study
The hallucinogen psilocybin — known by the street name magic mushrooms — may help ease the anxiety that often accompanies late-stage cancer, U.S. researchers said on Monday. (Yahoo! News)

Scientists Create New Process to ‘Program’ Cancer Cell Death
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have engineered a fundamentally new approach to killing cancer cells. (Science Daily)

Key to Melanoma Prediction, Prevention in “Co-Conspirator” Cells
New research on how skin cancer begins has identified adjacent cancer cells that scientists are calling “co-conspirators” in the genesis of melanoma, in findings that could someday hold the key to predicting, preventing and stopping this hard-to-treat cancer before it spreads. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of gene mutations may be key vs ovarian cancer
Scientists have found gene mutations that may cause an estimated 10% of ovarian cancers, a finding that could help them develop new treatments and better understand which women are at high risk for the disease. (USA Today)