September 19, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.
- Babies born with deformed hands spark investigation in German (CNN)
- India announces ban on e-cigarettes (BBC)
- How climate crisis is accelerating the global spread of deadly dengue fever (CNN)
- Vaping related illnesses surge as FDA announces criminal probe (Washington Post)
- Most young children shouldn’t drink plant-based milk, new health guidelines say (CNN)
SCIENCE AND TECH
- Space-X wants to beam Internet across Southern states by late 2020 (CNN)
- Facebook plans launch of its own “Supreme Court” for handling takedown appeals (Ars Technica)
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Since bringing attention to the cases, Liggett-Igelmund said she has been contacted by many families across Germany whose children have been born with similar deformities..Roughly speaking, all the children have been born in the past three years, and many of them this summer." … The latest cases in Germany follow a similar cluster in isolated rural regions of France last year…Additional tests conducted with hospital data in the Ain region, near the Swiss border, revealed a further 11 cases, amounting to a total of 18 cases between 2000 and 2014…The new cases in Germany are also reminiscent of the thalidomide scandal of the 1960s…
India's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health. An executive order had been approved banning vaping products because of their impact on young people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Explosive outbreaks of dengue fever have rapidly spread in countries across Asia, killing more than 1,000 people, infecting hundreds of thousands and straining hospitals packed with sick families.
Vaping related illnesses surge as FDA announces criminal probe (Washington Post)
Federal officials said Thursday that at least 530 people in 38 states have become sickened by a mysterious vaping-related lung illness, part of a growing national outbreak. In a sign of the seriousness of the e-cigarette investigation, officials disclosed that the enforcement arm of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been conducting a probe in parallel with the public health investigation led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Officials said they still do not know the cause of the lung injuries that are making people so sick. There have been seven confirmed deaths.
Most children under the age of 5 should avoid plant-based milk, according to new health guidelines about what young children should drink. Plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends -- with the exception of fortified soy milk -- lack key nutrition for early development, according to guidelines released on Wednesday by leading health organizations.
SCIENCE AND TECH
SpaceX wants to become one of the world's largest internet providers by deploying a constellation of thousands of satellites to beam broadband from space. And it wants to get it done fast… Separately, a report published by Morgan Stanley on Tuesday estimates that Starlink could turn SpaceX into a $52 billion company… potentially making it the most valuable private company in the US. Its coverage area could grow to include US territories, such as the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, by the time the 2021 hurricane season ends, according to the documents. One key benefit of reaching those areas: satellite internet access wouldn't be wiped out by bad weather.
Facebook, which has managed to transcend geographic borders to draw in a population equal to roughly a third of all human life on Earth, has made its final charter for a "Supreme Court" of Facebook public. The company pledges to launch this initiative by November of next year. The new Oversight Board will have five key powers, according to a charter (PDF) Facebook released yesterday.