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March 7, 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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Common yeast infection pill tied to miscarriages (Reuters)


 Women who took low doses of fluconazole (150 milligrams) were more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage as women who didn’t use this drug at all during pregnancy, and women who took higher doses of the drug had more than triple the miscarriage risk….high doses were linked to heart defects….


London patient might be second to be cured of HIV (CNN)


…The new case report comes more than 10 years after the first case, known as the "Berlin patient." Both patients were treated with stem cell transplants from donors who carried a rare genetic mutation, known as CCR5-delta 32, that made them resistant to HIV. The London patient has been in remission for 18 months since he stopped taking antiretroviral drugs.


Why Doctors Without Borders Is Suspending Work In The Ebola Epicenter In Congo (NPR)


After two fiery attacks on its treatment centers in Democratic Republic of the Congo, the medical charity is putting its operations there on hold — and rethinking its role.


High-Fat Diets May Drive Colorectal Cancer Growth (Interesting Engineering)


New research by the Salk Institute is revealing the potential danger of high-fat diets in colorectal cancer growth while possibly identifying a new treatment.


Tens of thousands infected in measles outbreak in Madagascar (CNN)


Madagascar, the island nation off the coast of East Africa, has been hammered by its worst measles outbreak in decades. The secretary general of the ministry of health told CNN that more than 50,000 people have caught the disease since October 2018 and there have been more than 300 deaths -- mostly children.


A superbug was killing her husband. The Navy made her a virus 'cocktail.’ (Today)


A husband and wife, both medical researchers, were on the vacation of a lifetime when one of them ended up hospitalized after contracting one of the deadliest superbugs in the world. 


32 of the most scientifically sound things you can do right now to reduce your risk of developing cancer (Business Insider)


There is no cure for cancer, but there are many ways we can reduce our risk of developing some types of the deadly class of diseases.




Password managers have a security flaw. But you should still use one. (Washington Post)

A new study finds bugs in five of the most popular password managers. So how is it safe to keep all your eggs in one basket?


Several apps funnel users’ sensitive data to Facebook without consent, report says (Los Angeles Times)


Several phone apps are sending sensitive user data, including health information, to Facebook Inc. without users’ consent, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. An analytics tool called App Events enables app developers to record user activity and report it back to Facebook even if the user isn’t on Facebook, according to the report.


Is your phone always low on battery and chewing through data? Here's why (Jewish World Review)


A sneaky piece of advertising software may be responsible for driving up millions of Android users' mobile data usage and wasting their device's battery life, according to researchers at the technology company Oracle.