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January 3, 2018 (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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Marijuana users risk schizophrenia, but the drug helps pain (NBC)

Marijuana can help ease chronic pain but it can also raise the risk of severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, a comprehensive new report found.

FDA Takes Too Long to Recall Tainted Food, Federal Investigators Say (NPR)

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services raised significant concerns regarding the Food and Drug Administration's removal of tainted food from store shelves…. / The investigation shows food companies took an average of 57 days to recall items after the FDA was informed of the potential danger.

Why spending time outdoors could help your child's eyesight (BBC)

Worried about the impact of screens on your child's eyesight? Get them outdoors, say doctors.

World first for dog's broken leg (BBC)

A new treatment that has saved a dog's broken leg is to be tried on humans.

Is Pollution Causing Obesity and Asthma in Children? (Apple News)

Children with asthma are 51 percent more likely to become obese over the next decade.

Flu Cases On The Rise In San Diego, Patients Pack Into Sharp Grossmont (KPBS)

As there have been more than 7,000 lab-confirmed flu cases and 45 deaths due to the flu so far this season, hundreds of people have been packing the emergency room at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.


Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers (New York Times)

Computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers.  The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of computers, including mobile devices, personal computers, servers running in so-called cloud computer networks.

Apple apologizes after outcry over slowed iPhones (Reuters)

Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is slashing prices for battery replacements and will change its software to show users whether their phone battery is good.

This should freak everyone out: the Arctic will never be frozen again (Mother Jones)

Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and the stability of the global climate system.

9 Ways You Can Use Your Devices for Advanced Scientific Research (Singularity Hub)

Want to help solve world problems like finding a cure for cancer? Looking to make a global impact in 2018 with minimal effort on your part? It’s relatively easy to use your devices for scientific research by donating processing power from your various smart devices.

Police arrest alleged 'Nigerian prince' email scammer in Louisiana (USA Today)

A Louisiana man was arrested in connection with the "Nigerian prince" scheme that has scammed people out of thousands of dollars, police announced Thursday.