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January 3, 2019 (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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Israeli researchers raise $1 million for revolutionary eye drops that could replace glasses (Nocamels)

Researchers from Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar Ilan University recently raised a $1 million investment to fund research and development for eye drops they say can correct refractive-related vision problems, thereby potentially making eyeglasses obsolete.

In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role (New York Times)

A police officer on the late shift in an Ohio town recently received an unusual call from Facebook. Earlier that day, a local woman wrote a Facebook post saying she was walking home and intended to kill herself when she got there, according to a police report on the case. Facebook called to warn the Police Department about the suicide threat.

Big Pharma ushers in new year by raising prices of more than 1,000 drugs (CBS)

Drugmakers are starting 2019 with a slew of price hikes, affecting more than 1,000 medications.


A rising threat to wildlife: electrocution (New York Times)

Power lines and electrified fences are killing birds, monkeys, pangolins and even elephants in surprising numbers.

19 insanely cool gadgets that are going to sell out this year (Prime8)

We've been keeping track of gadget sales through all 2018, and the following 19 products are going to be selling like hot cakes well into the new year (each with at least an average user rating of 4.5 stars

China ‘lifts mysterious veil’ by landing on moon’s dark side (Reuters)

A Chinese space probe successfully touched down on the far side of the moon on Thursday, China’s space agency said, hailing the event as a historic first and a major achievement for the country’s space program.


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