December 19, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news each week that could impact your health and our future.
- GAIA billion star surveyor takes off (BBC)
- Yellowstone supervolcano: 2.5 times bigger than anyone knew (CS Monitor)
- Severed hand kept alive on ankle (BBC)
- Yogurt a solution to hospital infection? (Jewish World Review)
- Patient with mysterious illness diagnosed with H1N1 (KHOU)
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Europe has launched the Gaia satellite - one of the most ambitious space missions in history.
Yellowstone supervolcano: The magma chamber underneath the Yellowstone caldera is 55 miles long and 18 miles wide. The Yellowstone supervolcano has the potential to erupt with a force about 2,000 times greater than the Mount St. Helens 1980 eruption, according to a new study.
Chinese doctors save a man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, buying time before reattaching it to his injured arm.
Yogurt a solution to hospital infection? (Jewish World Review)
Holy Redeemer in Montgomery County, Pa., is using yogurt — the kind you could buy at the grocery store — to fight C. difficile, a hospital-acquired infection that has been growing throughout the country. After dietitians began encouraging patients taking antibiotics to eat yogurt, the infection rate fell by two-thirds.
At least one of the eight patients being treated for a mysterious illness at Conroe Regional Medical Center has tested positive for H1N1, according to Montgomery County health officials. It's the same strain of H1N1 that caused a pandemic in 2009. Doctors have been seeing hundreds of new cases recently in Texas and nationwide. In fact, H1N1 is one of the viruses included in this year's flu shot.