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November 18, 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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Antibiotic resistance: world on cusp of post-antibiotic era (BBC)

The world is on the cusp of a "post-antibiotic era", scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed…Their report, in the Lancet, identifies bacteria able to shrug off colistin in patients and livestock in China…Chinese scientists identified a new mutation, dubbed the MCR-1 gene, that prevented colistin from killing bacteria. It was found in a fifth of animals tested, 15% of raw meat samples and in 16 patients.

Possible Alzheimer’s drug cut  mice aging symptoms (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A potential anti-Alzheimer’s drug tested in mice unexpectedly reduced general symptoms of aging, according to a study led by Salk Institute researchers. The study examined the effects of the drug, J147…

More Babies Are Dying Because Of Congenital Syphilis (NPR)

Of the 458 babies born last year with syphilis, 33 of were stillborn or died shortly after birth. From 2012 to 2014, there's been a 38 percent increase in cases of congenital syphilis. The spike reverses a previously falling trend.

Smart dressing 'cuts antibiotic use' (BBC)

A medical dressing that changes colour when it detects infection could cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics, say scientists at Bath University.

U.S. firefighter gets world's most extensive face transplant  (Reuters)

A volunteer firefighter from Mississippi whose face was burned off during a home fire rescue received the world's most extensive face transplant, New York University Langone Medical Center said on Monday.

US obesity rates 'rising again' (BBC)

A new study finds that obesity rates among US adults are on the rise again after years of slow decline.

Justice Department Announces Criminal Charges Against Dietary Supplement Firms (NPR)

More than 100 companies are accused of selling products that contain unlisted ingredients or make health claims without adequate scientific evidence.

Doctors vote to stop drugs ads to consumers (APM Marketplace)

The American Medical Association has called for a ban on direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs and medical devices.


Mexico hopes to see 3-4 times more monarch butterflies (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The number of monarch butterflies reaching their wintering grounds in central Mexico this year may be three to four times higher than the previous season, authorities said Thursday.

Dubai outfits firefighters with jetpacks: How firefighting has changed (CS Monitor)

Firefighters in Dubai may soon use jetpacks to fight fires among the city’s record-high skyscrapers.

Microgrids light up the night in Kenya villages (CS Monitor)

Some 1.3 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity. An innovative solar company is using microgrids and smart meters to deliver power to villages deep in the African bush.

New 'About Me' pages show exactly what Google knows about you (CS Monitor)

The 'About Me' page lets Google users change or delete personal info, opt out of being shown ads based on collected data, and more.

Governments around the world demand more user data from Facebook (CS Monitor)

On Wednesday, Facebook released a new report tracking government requests showing that the US, India, and the UK lead in requests for user information.

Congress says it's time to start mining the solar system (CS Monitor)

Congress has approved a bill to regulate space commerce and – for the first time – space mining.


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