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June 5, 2018 (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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As mental health subsides in older generation, what to do about their guns? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The knock at the bedroom door of the North County home was innocent enough — a daughter calling out to her father on the other side to see if he was OK. But to him, it was the unrecognizable voice an intruder. He armed himself and fired a shot through the door, striking his daughter in the leg.

Breast cancer: Test means fewer women will need chemotherapy (BBC)

About 70% of women with the most common form of early stage breast cancer can be spared the "agony of chemotherapy", researchers say. It follows trials of a genetic test that analyses the danger of a tumour.

Therapy Made From Patient's Immune System Shows Promise For Advanced Breast Cancer  (NPR)

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health say they've apparently completely eradicated cancer from a patient who had untreatable, advanced breast cancer.

Government issues warning about pill pushed on the elderly (CNN)

The US government is warning insurance companies to be on the lookout for suspicious prescriptions of a drug being used in nursing homes across the country.   The medication, called Nuedexta, is the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare condition marked by uncontrollable laughing and crying, called pseudobulbar affect (PBA). …diagnosing a patient with a condition in order to secure Medicare coverage is considered fraud.  A CNN investigation published in October found that Nuedexta's maker had been aggressively targeting frail and elderly nursing home residents for whom the drug may be unnecessary or even unsafe.

It's important to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, ophthalmologists say (Jewish World Review)

…What's the harm? Cataracts, other growths and some cancers are directly related to UV exposure.


Need a little extra money? You'll soon be able to sell and rent your DNA (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Feel like earning a little extra money and maybe improving your health at the same time? Consumers will soon be able to sell or rent their DNA to scientists who are trying to fight diseases as different as dementia, lupus and leukemia.

NASA’s new administrator says he’s talking to companies about taking over operations of the International Space Station (Washington Post)

The new NASA administrator said two of his top priorities are returning to the moon and restoring human spaceflight from U.S. soil.


This start-up wants to turn your car into a vending machine (CNN)

Forget your sunscreen on the way to the beach? Your Uber ride could save you a trip to the drugstore. Cargo, a New York-based company founded in 2016, equips ride-hailing drivers with boxes of snacks, drinks and beauty products to offer to passengers.