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July 4, 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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Why you should learn mental health first aid (CNN)

One in five adults in the US lives with a mental health problem according to the National Institute of Mental Health, but most don't seek out professional help. That's where Mental Health First Aid - an eight-hour workshop - hopes to fill the gap. The class trains citizens how to recognize the signs and symptoms of various mental illnesses -- from depression to anxiety disorder and substance abuse disorder.Participants also learn how to listen non judgmentally and de-escalate in crisis situations…The program began in the United States 12 years ago and has been growing in popularity with nearly 2 million Americans trained nationwide.

Facebook wants to limit the reach of bogus medical ‘cures’ by treating them like spam (Washington Post)

For years, medical misinformation has thrived on Google and Facebook.

 AMA Abortion Lawsuit Puts Doctors In The Thick Of Debate (Kaiser Health News)

The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion…said AMA President Patrice Harris in an interview, the organization felt it had to take a stand because new laws forced the small number of doctors who perform abortions to lie to patients, putting “physicians in a place where we are required by law to commit an ethical violation.”

Incarceration, falling incomes may play a role in the US opioid epidemic, study says (CNN)

The increasing number of deaths from drug use in the United States has been linked with a surge in the distribution of prescription painkillers as one factor. A new study suggests that some other overlooked factors might be contributors, as well. In counties across the United States, when incarceration rates rise and household incomes fall, drug-related deaths increase, according to a study published Wednesday in the medical journal Lancet Public Health.


SpaceX faces daunting challenges if it’s going to win the internet space race (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Elon Musk and SpaceX have staked their legacy on a spaceship capable of carrying a hundred passengers to Mars. But to pay for that dream, the Hawthorne company is banking on a project that is ambitious in its own way: selling broadband internet service delivered by more than 1,000 small satellites.

A vast water reservoir has been discovered deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean (NBC News)

If similar reservoirs exist in other coastal areas, they could be valuable resources for water-starved regions around the world.

U.S. judge blocks Qualcomm effort to put antitrust ruling on hold

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Wednesday ruled against Qualcomm Inc’s effort to block the implementation of a sweeping antitrust ruling against it as the mobile chip supplier pursues an appeal that could take more than a year to wind through the courts.


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