Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2014

Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2014

Health Highlights: Nov. 18, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Second Face Transplant Performed at Cleveland Clinic

A second face transplant was performed at the Cleveland Clinic in late September. The clinic performed the nation's first face transplant in December 2008.

The recipient in this case was a middle-aged man who was severely disfigured in a car crash, the Associated Press reported.

The transplant included two-thirds of the scalp, the forehead, eye sockets, upper and lower eyelids, upper cheeks, nose, upper jaw and upper teeth, salivary glands and nerves, muscles and skin, according to doctors.

The recipient wants to remain anonymous. In a statement released Tuesday by the hospital, he said he is "grateful beyond words to the donor and his family for their amazing gift," the AP reported.


New Cigarette Heats Tobacco Instead of Burning It

A cigarette that heats, rather than burns, tobacco is being introduced in the United States by Reynolds American, the nation's second largest tobacco company.

Revo cigarettes use a carbon tip that heats tobacco after being lit. Sales will begin in Wisconsin in February, the Associated Press reported.

Unlike electronic cigarettes that use liquid nicotine, Revo contains real tobacco, which could make them more attractive to smokers, according to J. Brice O'Brien, head of consumer marketing at Reynolds.

The company is seeking to take advantage of a growing market for alternatives to traditional cigarettes, the AP reported.
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