HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

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August 28, 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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HEALTH

STDs continue rapid rise in U.S., setting new record, CDC says (NBC News)

Experts say many factors have contributed to the increase, though the biggest one may be less frequent condom use

Russian trolls ‘spreading vaccine discord’ (BBC)

Social media bots and Russian trolls have been spreading disinformation about vaccines on Twitter to create social discord and distribute malware, US researchers say.

Use honey first for a cough, new guidelines say (BBC)

Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say.

SCIENCE AND TECH

Trump’s economic adviser: ‘We’re taking a look’ at whether Google searches should be regulated (Washington Post)

The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would explore regulating Google — an effort that would challenge protections around free speech online — in response to the president’s allegations that the tech giant manipulates its search results to prominently display negative stories about him and other Republicans….In the United States, regulating search results could violate the First Amendment, said lawmakers from both parties, free-speech advocates and tech experts.

U.S. warns on Russia's new space weapons (Reuters)

The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an "abnormal" way.

Trump unblocks more Twitter users after U.S. court ruling (Reuters)

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday unblocked some additional Twitter users after a federal judge in May said preventing people from following him violated individuals’ constitutional rights.