HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

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March 28, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

 

HEALTH

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HEALTH

3 People In San Diego Fighting Superbug Infections After Surgeries In Tijuana (KPBS)

...the California Health Alert Network of San Diego County and the Centers for Disease Control have both issued alerts for a second time this year, warning doctors to be vigilant, and for the public to stay away from Tijuana’s Grand View Hospital, the epicenter of the infections, according to U.S. health officials.  An alert first went out in January when a dozen U.S. patients who had undergone elective weight loss surgeries in Tijuana had contracted a multidrug-resistant infection. Since then, the number of cases among U.S. citizens has more than doubled.

FDA proposes new mammography changes for dense breasts (CBS)

All U.S. women getting mammograms would receive information about breast density, which can sometimes make cancer harder to spot, under a government proposal released Wednesday.

Suspected cholera cases spikes in Yemen in 2019: UN (Arab News)

 Nearly 110,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in war-hit Yemen since the beginning of January, including 190 related deaths, the UN said on Monday.

SCIENCE & TECH

Facebook announces new policy to ban white nationalist content (New York Times)

Facebook said on Wednesday that it would ban white nationalist content from its platforms, a significant policy change that bows to longstanding demands from civil rights groups who said the tech giant was failing to confront the powerful reach of white extremism on social media.

Google offers AI ethics panel (BBC)

Google has launched a global advisory council to offer guidance on ethical issues relating to artificial intelligence, automation and related technologies.

HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination in ads (CNN)

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act. HUD on Thursday said the social media giant is violating the federal act by "encouraging, enabling, and causing" housing discrimination through its advertising platform. The complaint said advertisers can dictate who sees housing-related ads based on race, religion, sex, disability and other characteristics.