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October 11, 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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Bites, punches, guns: ER doctors often targets of assault (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Getting spit on by a patient is so common that it’s hardly worth mentioning. It’s the bites, punches, firearms and airborne objects that you really need to watch out for….  Thousands of emergency room specialists are in town this week for the 50th annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians…Nearly half of those surveyed said they have been physically assaulted on the job, and seven out of 10 have witnessed a colleague subjected to physical assault. In pretty much every case, a patient or a patient’s family member, friend or other relation caused the violence, which was almost never prosecuted. Only 3 percent of responding doctors said they pressed charges after a violent incident.

When Giving Birth For The First Time, Push Away (NPR)

If you're a first-time mother and you opt for epidural anesthesia during labor, your doctor may suggest you wait about an hour after your cervix is completely dilated before you start trying to push the baby down the birth canal. But a study published Tuesday in JAMA, the flagship journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that might not be the best advice.

A Brain Scientist Who Studies Alzheimer's Explains How She Stays Mentally Fit (NPR)

If you like sudoku, go ahead and play. But staying sharp means using many parts of your brain.


Tiny Gecko Makes 'a Bazillion' Phone Calls From Inside Hawaiian Animal Hospital (Gizmodo)

Sometimes, technical problems are just a bug. Other times, it’s a lizard. 

U.S. warns of new hacking spree from group linked to China (Reuters)

The U.S. government on Wednesday warned that a hacking group widely known as cloudhopper, which Western cybersecurity firms have linked to the Chinese government, has launched attacks on technology service providers in a campaign to steal data from their clients.

Israel develops bomb-detecting robot to save soldiers’ lives (JPost)

JPost - The system is installed on a robotic platform made by IAI and integrates a combination of multiple sensors that detect IEDs which may be hidden in “complex areas.”

U.S. approval for Bose hearing aid a blow to traditional makers (Reuters)

The U.S. approval of audio products maker Bose Corp's new hearing aid, which can be used without a doctor's assistance, could pressure traditional makers of the devices struggling to keep up with demands from more tech-savvy users.

How Fruit Became So Sugary (NPR)

At the Melbourne Zoo, the monkeys are no longer allowed to eat bananas. And the pandas are getting pellets instead of plums. In fact, fruit has been phased out completely. That's because the fruit that humans have selectively bred over the years has become so full of sugar the zoo's fruitarian animals were becoming obese and losing teeth. So how did fruit get so sugary? And what does that mean for us humans? 

2017 earthquake off Mexico broke through an entire tectonic plate (Arts Technica)

Magnitude 8.2 in Mexico involved more fault movement than thought possible.




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