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July 18, 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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HHS plans to delete 20 years of critical medical guidelines next week (Daily Beast)

Experts say the database of carefully curated medical guidelines is one of a kind, used constantly by medical professionals, and on July 16 will ‘go dark’ due to budget cuts.

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates (ProPublica)

ProPublica - Without any public scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on data about things like race, marital status, how much TV you watch, whether you pay your bills on time or even buy plus-size clothing. 

Dog heart disease may be linked to potato-based pet foods, FDA says (Time)

Potato-based pet foods may be causing heart disease in dogs, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned this week.

More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms  (NPR)

Now a study published Tuesday in JAMA suggests that such frequent use of digital media by adolescents might increase their odds of developing symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


A New Look At An Old Way To Store Energy

Solar power is growing fast, but there need to be ways to store that power for use at night. The biggest energy storage technology involves pumping water up a mountain.

Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons  (NPR)

More than 400 years after Galileo Galilei discovered the first of Jupiter's moons, astronomers have found a dozen more — including one they've dubbed "oddball" — orbiting the planet. That brings the total number of Jovian moons to 79.

Organic matter found on Mars, opening new chapter in search for life  (CS Monitor)

One of the biggest mysteries of the universe is whether life may be possible beyond our home planet. Two announcements from NASA today represent major steps forward in cracking that case.