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July 22, 2015 (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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Poor sleeping patterns link to cancer (BBC)

Irregular sleeping patterns are "unequivocally" shown to lead to cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests.

Teenager 'in 12-year HIV remission' (BBC)

An 18-year-old French woman is in remission from HIV - despite not having taken any drugs against the virus for 12 years.

Government Watchdog: Billions in Funding for Obamacare's Exchanges Not Tracked Well, Many Functions Remain Incomplete (Reason)

The federal government spent billions on creating Obamacare’s exchanges, but didn’t track the money well—and many of the state-run exchanges funded under the law still aren't working properly, according to a draft Government Accountability Office report.

Fast-tracking doctors to lessen student loans (APM Marketplace)

One of the goals of health reform is to cut costs by keeping patients healthy through preventative care. But that approach leans heavily on routine care from family doctors who are in short supply. A program in Savannah, Georgia, is trying to fast-track primary care doctors through medical school. 

UCLA Health Says 4.5M May Be Affected In Data Breach (NPR)

Attackers accessed parts of the computer network that contain personal and medical information, but there is no evidence they accessed or acquired any personal or medical information, UCLA said.

Nice Kids Finish First: Study Finds Social Skills Can Predict Future Success (NPR)

A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.


Oslo Builds Bee Highway To Save Precious Pollinators (Popular Science)

The program is a mix of government funded green roofs and private gardens, and is hailed as the first such highway in existence. 

With Ad Blocking Use On The Rise, What Happens To Online Publishers? (NPR)

A new Apple update could challenge the current online business model. Some say less ad revenue means more sites will charge for access to content. There's also a move to block the ad blockers.

The FBI Wants the Key to Your Data (Reason)

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, FBI Director James Comey argued that data should never be transmitted or stored in a way that frustrates government snooping. Comey warned that encryption is a boon to criminals and therefore must be designed so that law enforcement agencies can decode it when the need arises.  

The Web We Have to Save (

The rich, diverse, free web that I loved — and spent years in an Iranian jail for — is dying. Why is nobody stopping it? 

The whole trip to Pluto cost less than 1 NFL stadium (The Week)

The nine-year, three-billion-mile voyage of NASA's New Horizons probe is undoubtedly a testament to the genius of mankind — yet the same praise might not be raised for NFL stadiums.  You wouldn't know it from the price tag, though.

The dark side of the ocean (APM Marketplace)

The global economy is very dependent on the millions of small cargo boats and large merchant ships that carry about 90 percent of the world’s goods. The problem is the high seas, where all this trade occurs, is one of the most lawless areas in the world.

Smart hotel? Japan opens a hotel run by robots (CS Monitor)

Robots and automated services will save energy, cut labor costs, reduce waste, and lead to a self-sufficient, solar-powered hotel, say owners.

The home that pays its own utility bill (and then some) (CS Monitor)

A movement to develop homes that produce more energy than they use is beginning to gain ground.




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