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August 9, 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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This new invasive tick just arrived in the U.S. from Asia; it kills 15 percent of its victims (10 News)

…The Asian long-horned tick has spread throughout the Eastern Seaboard already, causing mild concern from public health experts, according to The New York Times. The new arrival has yet to be found carrying any human diseases here…"In Asia, however, the species carries a virus that kills 15 percent of its victims," according to the Times. The new ticks are considered a threat to livestock. According to the Times, the long-horned ticks “can multiply rapidly and suck so much blood from a young animal that it dies.

Hoping to save limbs and toes, California moves to curtail diabetes (Cal Matters)

The word “amputation” threw a chill down Michael Rubenstein’s spine. The 67-year-old diabetic from San Mateo still winces at the thought. “They told me I’d need to cut it off right about here,” he said, sawing his hand across his left shin. Two months after that diagnosis, he’s on an exam table at the Center for Limb Preservation at UC San Francisco, his leg still whole, the threat of gangrene and amputation gone and his mood a lot less bleak and fearful. 

MAP: thousands of Violations Issued for Unsafe, Unclean Pools (NBC 7 San Diego) 

Three out of four pools in San Diego were issued official notices of health and safety violations during the last six months, according to county pool inspection records. More than 600 pools in the region failed inspections and were ordered to close.

Some Bacteria Are Becoming 'More Tolerant' Of Hand Sanitizers, Study Finds (NPR)

Globally, enterococci make up ten percent of bacterial infections acquired in the hospital. In North America and Europe, they are a leading cause of sepsis, a deadly blood infection. / Now, researchers say, they may have found the cause. Blame it on the alcohol.

Diet Hit A Snag? Your Gut Bacteria May Be Partly To Blame (NPR)

Have you ever been on a diet but didn't hit your goal weight? Your gut bacteria may be part of the explanation. New research suggests the mix of microbes in our guts can either help — or hinder — weight-loss efforts.


Apple becomes first $1 trillion company in history (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Apple is the world's first publicly traded company to be valued at $1 trillion, the financial fruit of stylish technology that has redefined what we expect from our gadgets.

Facebook asks banks to share users’ credit details (JPost)

Credit bills, debit usage locations and bank balance details were requested by the social network to "improve and expand services." 

General Atomics receives $6.9M in funding awards for nuclear fusion research  (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Four researchers from San Diego-based General Atomicshave received awards totaling $6.9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue their work on harnessing the vast potential of nuclear fusion as a source of energy.