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.
- Cancer blood test ‘enormously exciting’ (BBC)
- Opioid commission member: out work is a sham (CNN)
- Trump administration plans to gut drug prevention office (CBS)
- U.S. health agency revokes Obama-era Planned Parenthood protection (Reuters)
- Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic (Reuters)
- E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids to Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit (NPR)
- My two-decade journey with cancer immunotherapy (Healthline)
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
- Job creator or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with tariff on solar panels (Reuters)
- Why did two-thirds of these weird antelope suddenly drop dead? (The Atlantic)
- How Dangerous Is Misinformation on Facebook? (NPR)
- Rupert Murdoch: Facebook should pay for news (BBC)
- Facebook to use surveys to boost ‘trustworthy’ news (BBC)
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
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.
The mass death of 200,000 saiga provides a dark omen for what might happen to wildlife in a changing world.
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 says newspapers are not being properly paid by the social network for their content.
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.