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East County News Service

March 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.



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A new kind of doctor's office charges a monthly fee and doesn't take insurance — and it could be the future of medicine (Business Insider)

It's called direct primary care, and it works like this: Instead of accepting insurance for routine visits and drugs, these practices charge a monthly membership fee that covers most of what the average patient needs, including visits and drugs at much lower prices.

Three-person baby licence granted (BBC)

Doctors in Newcastle are given first UK licence to create babies from two women and one man.

One Way to Force Down Drug Prices: Have the U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights (NPR)

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

My Unlovely Lady Lump: When MRSA Is Ugly, But Not Life-Threatening (NPR)

Antibiotic-resistant staph infections don't always start in hospitals, and they aren't always particularly dangerous. But, even after a MRSA-infected wound heals, the bacteria often remain.

How to Prepare for a Pandemic (NPR)

A pandemic is likely to crop up in the next few decades, many scientists predict. To help readers prepare, NPR created its first-ever Pandemic Preparedness Kit. But it's not your traditional kit.

Scientists find how using 'satnav' switches off parts of brain (Reuters)

 If you have long feared that using a "satnav" navigation system to get to your destination is making you worse at finding the way alone, research now suggests you may be right.


Cybersecurity in seven minutes  (CS Monitor)

Essentials for protecting yourself online.

Google Glass Didn't Disappear. You Can Find It on the Factory Floor (NPR)

When it was introduced a few years ago, Google Glass was labeled as the next big thing. But it flopped. Now, it's finding new uses with workers in manufacturing and other industries.

Archaeologists in Syria Use 'Data Water' to Confound Antiquities Smugglers (NPR)

Syrian archaeologists are using a new product to try to stop the illegal flow of antiquities. It's a high-tech liquid visible under special light that carries tagging data on where items come from.