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East County News Service

March 29, 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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Going under the knife, with eyes and ears wide open (New York Times)

“Do you want to see your tendons?”Dr. Asif Ilyas, a hand and wrist surgeon, was about to close his patient’s wound. But first he offered her the opportunity to behold the source of her radiating pain: a band of tendons that looked like pale pink ribbon candy. With a slender surgical instrument, he pushed outward to demonstrate their newly liberated flexibility.

Class of antibiotics gets stronger warning due to dangerous side effects (CBS)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs -- including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) -- shouldn't be prescribed for sinusitis, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist.

Measles outbreak across Europe (BBC)

The World Health Organization says cases are climbing where immunisation coverage has dropped.

March Madness Vasectomies Encourage Guys to Take One for the Team (NPR)

Some urologists use March Madness as an opportunity to market vasectomy services, offering men the excuse to sit on the sofa for three days to watch college basketball while they recover.

The U.S. Can't Really Know if Farmers are Cutting Back on Antibiotics, GAO Says (NPR)

New FDA rules limit how farmers can give antibiotics to animals raised for meat. But a Government Accountability Office report says the FDA doesn't collect the data to know if that policy is working.


Spinach Leaf Transformed into Beating Human Heart Tissue (National Geographic)

Using the plant like scaffolding, scientists built a mini version of a working heart, which may one day aid in tissue regeneration.

I am an arctic researcher. Donald Trump is deleting my citations.(The Guardian)

These politically motivated data deletions come at a time when the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the global average.

Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash (Reuters)

 Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] suspended its pilot program for driverless cars on Saturday after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.

Tesla to take orders for solar roof tiles starting April (Reuters)

Tesla Motors Inc will start taking orders for its solar roof tiles in April, Chief Executive Elon Musk said in a Tweet on Friday.

British kid finds NASA mistake: when too many cooks don't spoil anything (CS Monitor)

Seventeen-year-old Miles thinks helping NASA fix their sensor was 'pretty cool.' Can amateurs really contribute to the advancement of science? 

How a massive New Zealand earthquake broke the rules (CS Monitor)

Earthquakes can hop from one fault to another as long as the faults are less than three miles apart, say scientists. So how did a NZ quake 'jump' over 10 miles?

Growing fabric  (Video: Bright Vibes)

Coming soon a dress made 100% of plant roots, that captures CO2…Amazing what happens when art & science mix. Would you wear a root dress?