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January 1, 2014  (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.



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Brain cancer vaccine trial begins  (BBC)

- The first patient in Europe has received the treatment at King's College Hospital in London. Robert Demeger, 62, was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year.  The personalised vaccine is designed to teach his body's immune system to fight the tumour cells.  King's is one of more than 50 hospitals - the rest are in the US - which are testing the treatment.

Youth-drug can 'reverse' ageing (BBC)

US Scientists have performed a dramatic reversal of the ageing process in animal studies, by using a chemical to rejuvenate muscle in mice.

Cells from the eye are 'printed' for the first time (Jewish World Review)

Neuroscientists on Tuesday said they had used an inkjet printer to print cells from the eye, making a practical step in the quest to grow replenishment tissue for damaged or diseased organs. 

Why restaurants are scrimping on shrimp (

....But the apparent reason for the missing shrimp: Prices have soared to a 12-year high since a deadly illness called Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) swept through shrimp farms in Thailand.


Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

The average amount of electricity consumed in U.S. homes has fallen to levels last seen more than a decade ago, back when the smartest device in people's pockets was a Palm pilot and anyone talking about a tablet was probably an archaeologist or a preacher.



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