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February 22, 2016 (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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New Saliva Test May Be Able To Detect Cancer In Just 10 Minutes (

Scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles claim to have developed a new technique for detecting cancer in a single drop of a person’s saliva. Though the method is still being trialed in China, the team behind the new test hopes to see it rolled out in Europe before the decade is up, and says it could take as little as 10 minutes to give a result.

Doctors 3D-print 'living' body parts (BBC)

Custom-made, living body parts have been 3D-printed in an important advance for regenerative medicine, say scientists.

FDA presses medical device makers to OK good faith hacking (CS Monitor)

The Food and Drug Administration wants manufacturers to allow independent security researchers to hunt for potentially life-threatening vulnerabilities. So far, few companies are willing.

People With Food Allergies Say Life-Saving Drug Too Expensive (KPBS)

An EpiPen, an auto-injector filled with epinephrine, is a drug that can stop an allergic reaction. But it's expensive, and 95 percent go unused by the expiration date….the Netherlands-based pharmaceutical giant Mylan makes EpiPens. Over the past five years, according to Evercore ISI, an independent banking advisory firm, Mylan has raised the price an EpiPen an average of 27 percent a year…. EpiPens have a short shelf life. They expire within 16 to 18 months, so people have to buy a new set about every year-and-a-half. 

 Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence (NPR)

...a huge, new meta-analysis published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition adds to the evidence that organic production can boost key nutrients in foods.  The study finds that organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids.

Medical marijuana increasingly legal, but trustworthy? A call for regulations (CS Monitor)

Legalized medical marijuana has quickly spread to nearly half the US states. But safety regulations lag behind, leaving medical pot users with questions about side effects.

Zika-hit Puerto Rico prepares to import all of its blood supplies (Reuters)

New guidelines barring the collection of blood in areas with outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus will be put to the test first in cash-strapped Puerto Rico, where health officials have two weeks to start importing the island’s supply.

Popular Heartburn Pills Can Be Hard To Stop, And May Be Risky (NPR)

Millions of people take proton pump inhibitors. But the drugs can increase the risk of infections, bone fractures and kidney problems. And trying to stop the drugs can make symptoms much worse.

Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk (NPR)

The risk of getting dementia has been dropping for decades. Why? Research suggests education's effect on the brain and good cardiovascular health help.

Unfit at 40 'accelerates brain aging’ (BBC)

Lack of exercise in mid-life ages the brain as well as the body, research suggests.

How different is wild salmon from fish raised in hatcheries? A lot, DNA shows. (CS Monitor)

Within just one generation, hatchery-born salmon can become drastically different from their counterparts in the wild, with hundreds of variations at the genetic level. / Looking specifically at the steelhead trout salmon, researchers at Oregon State University, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, found more than 700 genetic variations between farm-raised and wild salmon.



Twitter announces ‘trust and safety’ panel to police content (Washington Examiner)

Twitter on Tuesday announced the formation of a new “Trust and Safety Council,” which will work to develop policies censoring speech on the site. The group will be comprised of more than 40 organizations from 13 regions around the world. “With hundreds of millions of tweets sent per day, the volume of content on Twitter is massive, which makes it extraordinarily complex to strike the right balance between fighting abuse and speaking truth to power,” Twitter said in a statement.

Breakthrough: Scientists Detect Einstein's Gravity Ripples (AP)

In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago.

Eternal 5D Data Chip Can Record All Of Human History

...The researchers claim that each chip, several of which can fit into the palm of your hand, can store up to 360 terabytes of data...These chips would also be likely to outlast our own species: They remain stable for up to 1,000°C (1,832°F), and at temperatures of even 190°C (374°F), they would survive for 13.8 billion years. This number was probably chosen by the researchers as it also happens to be the current age of the universe.

Citrus In The Snow: Geothermal Greenhouses Grow Local Produce In Winter (NPR)

Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.

An Old Bird Can Hatch A New Chick — Even At Age 65 (NPR)

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross that researchers first tagged in 1956, has hatched what could be her 40th chick, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.

Dogs' New Challenge: Find A Bomb Before It Becomes A Bomb (NPR)

Humans rely on dogs to search for bombs. But the increasingly common Improvised Explosive Devices can be made with ordinary ingredients — and it is posing a new challenge for bomb-sniffing dogs.



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