April 12, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.
- Vaping May Be Associated with Seizures, FDA Warns (Time)
- Contaminated Generic Drugs Reveal an Urgent Public Health Crisis (Observer)
- Most cannabis sold on streets contains faecal matter, study finds (The Independent)
SCIENCE AND TECH
- Amazon plans to launch over 3,000 satellites to offer broadband internet (Reuters)
- Not Just Airplanes: Why The Government Often Lets Industry Regulate Itself (NPR)
- This ancient whale had four legs, hooves and could live on land or in water, study says (USA Today)
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E-cigarettes are often thought of as a less dangerous alternative to cigarettes, since they contain fewer lung-cancer-causing chemicals. But preliminary research has also shown health risks associated with nicotine-rich e-cigarettes, including a higher probability of heart and lung problems. / Now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting Americans to a new potential health risk. Using e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, may be associated with seizures, especially among young people, the FDA announced Wednesday.
How can such things happen? Isn’t a generic drug “identical” to its innovator reference product? Aren’t generic drugs approved by the FDA because they are just as safe and effective as the original brand? Alas, the answers to these questions are complicated.
Most cannabis sold on streets contains faecal matter, study finds (The Independent)
E Coli was present in 75 per cent of the samples he analysed – an indicator of faecal contamination. And 10 per cent were contaminated with Aspergillus – a dangerous fungus which can cause lung infections, particularly in people with underlying health conditions.
SCIENCE AND TECH
Amazon.com Inc on Thursday confirmed its plan to build a network of over 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet. / The project will launch a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to people globally who lack basic access to broadband internet, the company said.
A number of government agencies work closely with the industries they are charged with regulating. The issue surfaced after Boeing's 737 Max planes had to be grounded by the FAA.
The fossil of an ancient, four-legged whale with hooves found in Peru gives new insights into the evolution of the aquatic mammals, research suggests.
Even Viruses Can Get Infected With Other Viruses (The Atlantic)
Three tiny, newly described viruses target bigger viruses.