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January 24, 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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Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’ (BBC)

Scientists have taken a step towards one of the biggest goals in medicine - a universal blood test for cancer. A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialed a method that detects eight common forms of the disease.

Opioid commission member: out work is a sham (CNN)

The Republican-led Congress has turned the work of the president's opioid commission into a "charade" and a "sham," a member of the panel told CNN.

Trump administration plans to gut drug prevention office (CBS)

President Trump is planning on gutting the White House Office of National Drug Control and Policy by slashing more than $340 million from its budget, a Trump administration source confirmed to CBS News. 

My two-decade journey with cancer immunotherapy (Jamie Reno, Healthline)

This writer was once told his cancer had nothing to do with his immune system. The medical view on immunotherapy has changed dramatically since then.

U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection (Reuters)

U.S. health officials said on Friday they were revoking legal guidance issued by the Obama administration that had sought to discourage states from trying to defund organizations that provide abortion services, such as Planned Parenthood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials also said the department was issuing a new regulation aimed at protecting healthcare workers’ civil rights based on religious and conscience objections. The regulation protects the rights of healthcare workers from providing abortion, euthanasia, and sterilization, the officials said during a media call with reporters.

Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic (Reuters)

Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids to Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit (NPR)

While not as toxic as regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes do pose a health risk and largely contain the addictive substance nicotine, according to a major new health review ordered by the government.


Job creator or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with tariff on solar panels (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices.

Why did two-thirds of these weird antelope suddenly drop dead? (The Atlantic)

The mass death of 200,000 saiga provides a dark omen for what might happen to wildlife in a changing world.

How Dangerous Is Misinformation on Facebook? (NPR)

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Roger McNamee, a former mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook. He believes the company threatens democracy because it has helped spread fake news.

Rupert Murdoch: Facebook should pay for news (BBC)

Rupert Murdoch says newspapers are not being properly paid by the social network for their content.

Facebook to use surveys to boost ‘trustworthy’ news (BBC)

Facebook has announced it will prioritise news sources deemed to be more trustworthy on its News Feed. The firm said the social network community would determine which outlets are reliable via the use of user surveys.

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