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December 62018 (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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Woman gives birth using womb transplanted from dead donor (Guardian) 

Patient in Brazil who had been born without uterus gives birth to baby girl

Changes In Brain Scans Seen After A Single Season Of Football For Young Players (NPR) 

A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain.  Those are the preliminary findings of research presented this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. 

Measles resurgence 'due to vaccine hesitancy', WHO warns (BBC) 

There were 110,000 measles related deaths last year, a worldwide report shows.

Who owns your medical data? Most likely not you (Jewish World Review) 

Do you think you own your own medical data? Your hospital and doctor records, lab and radiology tests, genetic information, even the actual tissue removed during a biopsy or other surgical procedure? Well, you don't. It's a good bet that the fine print of the consent form you signed before your latest test or operation said that all the data or tissue samples belong to the doctor or institution performing it. 


Millions flock to free tests as Egypt seeks to eradicate hepatitis C (Reuters) 


Egypt, which has the highest rate of hepatitis C in the world, is  carrying out an unprecedented campaign to detect and treat the disease in a bid to eliminate it by 2022. It aims to test the entire adult population — about 50 million people. Nearly 4.4 percent of adult Egyptians are infected and about 40,000 die of the disease every year, making it the country’s third leading cause of death, according to the World Bank.



Plot twist: Mitochondrial DNA can come from both parents (Ars Technica)

Study confirms rare paternal mitochondrial transmission in three families.

Marriott's Starwood database hacked, 500 million may be affected (Reuters) 

Marriott International said on Friday hackers stole about 500 million records from its Starwood Hotels reservation system in an attack that began four years ago, exposing personal data of customers including some payment card numbers.

Scientists to swap dusty old kilogram for something more stable (Reuters) 

After years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram.

Unexpectedly Vanishing Quasars Are Mystifying Scientists (Wired)  

 Some quasars, powered by supermassive black holes, have been shutting down ahead of schedule. A sort of "murder-suicide pact" could explain it. 

Earth has two extra, hidden 'moons' (National Geographic) 

First spied in the 1960s, the huge dust clouds have now been confirmed—and may affect plans for future space exploration.