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December 19, 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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Johnson & Johnson knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder (Reuters)

Internal documents show that J&J talcum powder was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos and that the company kept that information from regulators and the public.

Surgeon General Warns Youth Vaping Is Now An 'Epidemic'  (NPR)

Vaping by U.S. teenagers has reached epidemic levels, threatening to hook a new generation of young people on nicotine. That's according to an unusual advisory issued Tuesday by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams about the the dangers of electronic cigarette use among U.S. teenagers. "I am officially declaring e-cigarette use among youth an epidemic in the United States," Adams said at a news conference. "Now is the time to take action.”


D.C. attorney general sues Facebook over alleged privacy violations from Cambridge Analytica scandal (Washington Post)

The attorney general for the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Facebook for allowing Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy, to gain access to the names, "likes" and other personal data about tens of millions of the social site's users without their permission.

Kiwibot delivery robot catches fire after `human error’ (BBC)

A food delivery robot was destroyed after it caught fire because of "human error", its creator has confirmed. Kiwibot autonomous delivery robots have been rolling around the University of California, Berkeley campus for two years. On Friday, students found one of the robots in flames and shared photos on social media.

Amazon uses dummy parcels to catch thieves (BBC)

Officers in New Jersey are planting dummy boxes fitted with GPS trackers, coupled with hidden doorbell cameras, at homes around the city of Jersey. The homes selected for the experiment were chosen using the city's own crime statistics combined with mapping data of theft locations supplied by Amazon. One box was stolen three minutes after it was "delivered".

Here's how to block robocalls on iPhone and Android (Fox News)

Unwanted calls are often harmless but some are after your credit card information, IDs or passwords. All are a distraction and a waste of your time.

How to stop Apple and Google from tracking you (Fox News)

Apple and Google can track your every move. But there are ways to mitigate this or shut it down.


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