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April 27, 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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Don't Give Kids Cough Syrup or Pain Meds That Contain Codeine, FDA Says (NPR)

The agency expanded its warnings about prescription cough and pain medications that contain the narcotics codeine or tramadol, saying they can cause dangerously slow breathing in some kids.

Sharp Healthcare helps elderly San Diegans get medical care at home (KPBS)

The Transitions program is all about house calls.

San Diego Man Saved by Therapeutic Use of Viruses (KPBS)

A San Diego man who was dying from a drug resistant infection has been saved through the therapeutic use of viruses.

Eat, Sleep, Repeat: How Kids' Daily Routines Can Help Prevent Obesity (NPR)

A new study finds that preschool-age children who didn't have a set sleep routine were more likely to be overweight by the time they hit the preteen years.

Scientists Create Artificial Womb That Could Help Prematurely Born Babies (NPR)

The device kept fetal lambs alive for about a month, allowing them to continue to mature. It has not been tested in humans, and some say the device raises ethical questions.


This new solar-powered device can pull water straight from the desert air (Science Mag)

...wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity.

You Can Now 3D Print Glass (Smithsonian)

German researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing strong, transparent glass products, such as jewelry, lenses and computer parts

The Scary Consequences of Old Electronics (& How to Prevent Them) (Apartment Therapy)

How to responsibly dispose of an old cell phone

Utrecht introduces ‘smart’ cycle paths that help riders hit green lights  (Lonely Planet)

The city of Utrecht in the Netherlands has introduced a new system on its Amsterdamsestraatweg cycle path which the creators hope will help increase the number of green lights that cyclists hit, limiting their time waiting for traffic lights to change.

Physicists observe 'negative mass' (BBC)

Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed.

Video Shows Blue Whale Chowing Down on Krill  (Smithsonian)

A drone captured the giant cetaceans plowing through krill clouds to get their fill

Waste Not, Want Not: Why Aren't More Farms Putting Poop to Good Use? (NPR)

"We love the fact that we're producing renewable electricity. We like the fact that we're moving stuff out of landfills," Reinford says.

Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve (BBC)

Eric Donovan from the University of Calgary in Canada spotted the feature in photos shared on a Facebook group…Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere.