SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

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June 5, 2014  (San Diego’s East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH

 

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Think Internet Data Mining Goes Too Far? Then You Won't Like This  (NPR)

 Devices that scan your brain and read your emotions are no longer sci-fi. Researchers say the technology could threaten privacy by revealing things like your sexual orientation or political leanings.

 

Teleportation is real – and here’s why it matters (Time)

It ain't the stuff of Star Trek, but quantum physics can make it possible to do things that mystified even Einstein.

 

Your car is a giant computer—and it can be hacked (CNN)

Imagine driving down the highway at 70 miles per hour, when suddenly the wheel turns hard right. You crash. And it was because someone hacked your car. It's not far-fetched science fiction. It's the near-term future today's hackers are warning about.

 

HEALTH

In a first, test of DNA yields root of illness (New York Times)

Joshua Osborn, 14, lay in a coma at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis. For weeks his brain had been swelling with fluid, and a battery of tests had failed to reveal the cause.

 

Pollution tie to irregular heartbeat (BBC)

Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat and blood clots in the lung, research suggests.

 

Privacy Law Frustrates Parents Of Mentally Ill Adult Children (NPR)

Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.

 

The Camel Did It: Scientists Nail Down Source Of Middle East Virus (NPR)

Since the deadly MERS virus was detected two years ago, scientists have struggled to figure out how people catch it. A new study confirms that camels are a key source.

 

If Local Farms Aren't Local Enough, Buy From The Rooftop (NPR)

Urban farmers are experimenting with growing food right near or even inside the grocery store. But it's not yet clear whether customers will value that degree of freshness over other options.

 

Teens With Chronic Disease Get Help From Mobile Phones (KPBS)

Mobile phones can help teens do a better job of managing chronic diseases, according to a new study from UC San Diego.

 

Three-person babies 'in two years' (BBC)

Scientists will be ready to create babies from three people in around two years, if it is made legal, a review says.

 

Measles Hits 20-Year High In U.S. (NPR)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that measles outbreaks in the United States are now at a 20-year high, with 288 cases reported in the first five months of 2014.

 

Autism linked to 'male hormones' (BBC)

Exposure to high levels of "male" hormones in the womb increases the chance of a baby boy developing autism, according to researchers.