HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

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East County News Service

November 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

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HEALTH

Women veterans face mental health crisis (Huffington Post)

…Many American women who honorably serve their country find themselves with disabling mental health issues when they leave active duty…Most of this anguish is service connected. America’s female veteran population is collectively dealing with everything from PTSD, MST, anxiety, depression, unemployment, homelessness, and suicide…While 2 in 5 female veterans report that they have experienced sexual abuse or harassment, sexual assault of men in the military is an enormous and underreported problem, too.

Want To Prevent The Flu? Skip The Supplements, Eat Your Veggies(NPR)

It's flu season — time for the marketing of juices and supplements that claim to boost immunity. But they don't help, scientists say. Instead, try eating healthy and getting enough sleep.

Bagged salad is Salmonella risk, study finds (BBC)

Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like Salmonella and make them more dangerous, a study says.

How You Can Stop Antibiotic Resistance (And Still Eat Bacon) (NPR)

"This is an avoidable disaster," says one expert. And there are at least three things you can do to help. 

Infants' brains attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes (BBC)

New research indicates that for brain connections to be properly formed in babies' brains, they need to feel safe, secure and loved.

Heavy Screen Time Rewires Young Brains, For Better And Worse (NPR)

Bombarding young mice with video and audio stimulation changes the way the brain develops. But some scientists think those sorts of brain changes could protect kids from stressing out in a busy world.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Alaska Airlines tests fuel partly made from trees: Is this a sustainable solution? (CS Monitor)

Twenty percent of the fuel was converted from an organic compound made from residual wood from logging operations.

SpaceX seeks U.S. approval for internet-via-satellite network (Reuters)

 Private rocket launch service SpaceX is requesting government approval to operate a massive satellite network that would provide high-speed, global internet coverage, according to newly filed documents with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

Seawater's DNA secrets to life in the deep(BBC)

Sampling DNA from seawater may be one way to check up on ocean life, according to research.

New Zealand sea floor lifted by quake becomes cliff on a beach (CS Monitor)

New Zealand's newest beach feature is not likely to disappear any time soon, after the recent massive earthquake pushed a chunk of coast several feet up.

In one more bleached Pacific reef, some corals are 'back from the brink’ (CS Monitor)

Amid coral reef ghost towns, scientists are finding signs of hope for bleached reefs.