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August 2, 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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To Keep Women from Dying in Childbirth, Look to California (NPR)

Since 2006, California has cut its rate of women dying in childbirth by more than half.

Dengue fever outbreak stopped by special mosquitoes (BBC)

Australian researchers say for the first time an entire city has been protected from viral disease dengue. Captive-bred mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria were released in the city of Townsville, where they mated with local mosquitoes. / By spreading the bacteria Wolbachia, which hinders dengue transmission, the city has been dengue-free since 2014.

Heading May Be Riskier for Female Soccer Players Than Males (NPR)

According to a study published Tuesday in Radiology, female players are more sensitive to the impact than males….An important note about this research, Lipton says, is that it isn't about concussions. Instead, it's measuring "sub-concussive injuries," or repeated impacts that don't cause any immediate, acknowledged problem for the player, but could be problematic in the long-term.


2017 Was One of the Hottest Years on Record (NPR)

NOAA has released the latest State of the Climate report, its annual checkup on our planet. So, how did Earth fare in 2017? Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere: highest concentrations ever. Global surface temperature: near-record high. Sea surface temperature: near-record high. Global sea level: highest on record.  Warm global temperatures have been a strong trend in recent years: the four warmest years on record all occurred since 2014, and last year was among them. In fact, 2017 was the warmest non-El Niño year ever recorded.

Apple shed $24 billion in market value in three days, but one chart points to recovery (CNBC)

 Apple shares have gotten mired in the broader tech bloodbath, but one technical analysis points to a blast higher ahead.

U.S. charges three Ukrainians in payment card hacking spree (Reuters)

Three Ukrainians have been arrested on criminal hacking charges including stealing payment card numbers, in attacks on more than 100 U.S. companies that cost businesses tens of millions of dollars, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.

When the Weather Is Extreme, Is Climate Change to Blame? (NPR)

Dramatic weather events happened this past week in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. There were wildfires in Greece, Scandinavia, and the Western U.S. Flooding followed record rainfalls in the Northeast. And dangerous heat waves settled over the Southwest, Japan, and the U.K. …"We see five times more large fires today than we did in the 1970s," says Jennifer Balch, professor in geography and director of Earth Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The $2.5 trillion reason why we can’t rely on batteries to clean up the grid (Technology Review)

Fluctuating solar and wind power require lots of energy storage, and lithium-ion batteries seem like the obvious choice—but they are far too expensive to play a major role.