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February 13, 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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For Some Kids, Measles Becomes a Time Bomb With No Cure (The Daily Beast)


The inevitably fatal condition [sclerosing panencephalitis]  develops in one in 600 infant cases, and appears without warning between four and eight years later, like a bomb that has been tick, tick, ticking.


Trump Highlights Health Agenda And Vows To Lower 'Unfair' Drug Prices (NPR)


Health was a persistent theme, if not the centerpiece, of President Trump's State of the Union address at the Capitol on Tuesday night.


Madagascar facing devastating measles outbreak (CNN)


 [Madagascar has] a massive measles outbreak, causing more than 300 deaths and 20,000 to become infected.


Measles outbreak declared in Philippines (BBC News US)


Health authorities previously warned that more than two million children have not been vaccinated.


Whose Hearts, Livers and Lungs Are Transplanted in China? (The Epoch Times)


92.5 percent of the publications failed to state whether or not the transplanted organs were obtained from executed prisoners. Nearly all of them (99 percent) failed to report whether organ donors gave consent.


Scans Show Female Brains Remain Youthful As Male Brains Wind Down (NPR)


Researchers say the metabolism of a woman's brain remains higher than a man's throughout a lifetime. And that may help with late-life creativity and learning.


China Investigating Reports Of HIV-Tainted Medication (NPR)


The suspect batch contains more than 12,000 treatments of human immunoglobulin meant to boost patients' weakened immune systems. 




Critics call on Apple and Google to shut down Saudi app that can restrict women’s travel (Washington Post)

Using Absher, Saudi men can restrict the travel of Saudi women.


Deadly earthquake traveled at “supersonic” speeds — why that matters (National Geographic)


A powerful temblor in Indonesia offered a detailed look at supershear, a phenomenon that can create the geologic version of a sonic boom. 


As Magnetic North Pole Zooms Toward Siberia, Scientists Update World Magnetic Model (NPR)


The magnetic north pole has been drifting away from the Canadian Arctic at a brisk 55 kilometers — about 34 miles — per year, with ramifications for military and civilian travelers.

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