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February 7, 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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A renewed push for single payer at California healthcare hearing (KPCC)

The State Assembly's Select Committee on Health Care Delivery Systems and Universal Coverage heard testimony in favor of single payer from organizations representing health care professionals, small business and labor.

Congress has quietly created a new health care crisis for 26 million Americans (VOX)

They let funding for community health centers lapse 124 days ago.

Digital health tracking: preventive care or privacy invasion? (Harvard Health publishing)

24-hour health monitoring is high tech. But is it helpful?


Sprawling Maya network discovered under Guatemalan jungle (BBC)

Researchers have found more than 60,000 hidden Maya ruins in Guatemala in a major archaeological breakthrough. Laser technology was used to survey digitally beneath the forest canopy, revealing houses, palaces, elevated highways, and defensive fortifications.

An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world (Science Magazine)

It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly begins a global invasion. Within 2 decades, clones of the voracious animal spread through Europe and Africa, bringing devastation to ecosystems and threatening native species.

Disturbing losses of protective ozone near Earth’s equator may be tied to short-lived chemicals (Science Magazine)

Thirty years after nations banded together to phase out chemicals that destroy stratospheric ozone, the gaping hole in Earth’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation shield above Antarctica is shrinking. But new findings suggest that at midlatitudes, where most people live, the ozone layer in the lower stratosphere is growing more tenuous—for reasons that scientists are struggling to fathom.

U.S. shuts down cybercrime ring launched by Ukrainian (Reuters)

The U.S. Justice Department announced one of its largest-ever takedowns of a global cybercrime ring on Wednesday, saying it had indicted 36 people accused of trafficking in stolen identities and causing more than $530 million in losses to consumers.

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