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November 30, 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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2-year-old with cerebral palsy walking after stem cell infusion (NBC San Diego)

A 2-year-old San Diego girl who received a stem cell infusion of her own umbilical cord blood, banked at birth, is giving new hope to parents of children with brain injuries.

Turning Down The Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk  (NPR)

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?

CDC says at least 19 E. coli infections linked to Costco chicken salad (Reuters)

 At least 19 people in seven states may have been infected by E. coli after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.EOaCMkibUUg

To Reduce Infant Deaths, Doctors Call For A Ban Of Crib Bumpers (NPR)

Those adorable padded bumpers shown in baby-gear catalogs can be a hazard, and researchers say babies continue to suffocate even though a federal agency has told parents not to use them.

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease (The Telegraph)

Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system.

Bilingual skills 'boost stroke recovery’ (BBC)

Stroke patients are more likely to regain their cognitive functions if they speak more than one language, new research finds.  A study of 600 stroke victims found 40.5% who were multilingual had normal mental functions afterwards, compared to 19.6% who only speak one language. The Edinburgh University study took into account smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and age.

E. Coli Bacteria Can Transfer Antibiotic Resistance To Other Bacteria (NPR)

Colistin is the antibiotic that doctors use as a last resort to wipe out dangerous bacteria....

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems (NPR)

Loneliness takes a toll on many aspects of health, in part because it activates a fight -or-flight immune response. That may have helped ancestors survive lonely exile, but can slowly kill us today.

VIDEO: Radiation scan for babies in Fukushima (BBC)

A new radiation scanner has been developed for babies in order to reassure Fukushima families affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.


Half of all  tree species in Amazon rainforest face extinction ((BBC)

According to new data, up to 57% of all Amazonian trees may already fit the criteria of being globally threatened. If confirmed, the estimates would raise the number of threatened plant species on Earth by almost a quarter...The trees at risk include iconic species like the Brazil nut tree, food crops such as cacao, the source of chocolate, as well as rare trees that are almost unknown to science.

Toddler loses eye after drone propeller slices through it  (Telegraph)

An 18-month-old boy was left blind in one eye when an out-of-contrl drone hit him in the face.

Light-based Li-Fi Internet boasts speeds 100 times faster than Wi-Fi (CS Monitor)

Li-Fi, a technology that uses visible light pulses rather than radio waves to send data, has achieved speeds of 1 Gbps in real-world tests. Here's how Li-Fi works, and why it might be more secure than Wi-Fi.

Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market (NPR)

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.


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