SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

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September 24, 2015 (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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HEALTH

British Scientists Seek Permission To Edit DNA In Human Embryos NPR

After Chinese scientists announced in April that they had edited the genes in human embryos, many researchers said it shouldn't be done. Scientists in London say they want to do it for research only.

CTE prevalent in deceased players, study shows ESPN

Figures from the nation's largest brain bank show that 96 percent of the deceased NFL players tested over the past decade had positive results for a degenerative brain disease connected with concussions.... / CTE also appeared in 79 percent (131 of 165) of all football players studied. 

VIDEO: Paraplegic man walks after spine 'bypass' (BBC)

A paraplegic man has been able to walk a short distance after scientists used a computer which read signals from his brain and then sent stimulus to his legs.

UCSD Researchers Discover Protein That Can Help Damaged Hearts (KPBS)

Researchers from UC San Diego and Stanford have discovered a method of helping the heart repair itself after a heart attack.

Panel Says Aspirin Lowers Heart Attack Risk For Some (NPR)

Some adults at risk of heart attack or stroke can indeed benefit from taking a daily aspirin, a federal panel says. And it may also lower colorectal cancer risk. But the treatment has risks, too.

The amazing significance of what a mother-to-be eats (BBC)

New research reveals the extraordinary impact that your mother's diet at the time of your conception has on the rest of your life. 

Cognitive Decline May Move Faster In People With Low Vitamin D (NPR)

Older people with low levels of vitamin D are likely to lose memory and executive function more quickly, a study finds. But it didn't look into whether taking supplements could help.

SCIENCE

California drought: Why a fire might be good for giant sequoias (CS Monitor)

Experts are using the drought to map different responses within the sequoia forests, signifying specific areas that will need a fire after the drought. 

Why climate change is good news to Arctic mosquitoes (CS Monitor)

Rising temperatures are bringing massive mosquito swarms to the Arctic, researchers say.

Lungs found in mysterious deep-sea fish (CS Monitor)

Researchers discover a vestigial lung in a coelacanth, an order of fish once thought extinct.

What do fish scales have to do with tooth enamel? More than you would think. (CS Monitor)

A team of researchers from Sweden and China discovered that our teeth enamel originated from the scales of ancient fish.

How tiny, underwater creatures are slowing climate change (CS Monitor)

In a study published Monday by British researcher David Barnes, research suggests that microscopic organisms on the ocean floor are acting as a carbon sink.

Bees' tongues are shrinking, and now scientists know why (CS Monitor)

What scientists still don't know: How will this affect the global bee population?

TECH

Solar network 'in a box' brings phone service to disaster zones (CS Monitor)

A small Rescue Base Station will allow people to call, send messages, and even browse the Internet for help when regular phone service is disrupted by a natural disaster.

How A Little Lab In West Virginia Caught Volkswagen's Big Cheat (NPR)

After the EPA said it found wide variations in emissions from VW cars that use a "defeat device" to fool emissions tests, the company's stock tanked, its CEO quit, and it's setting aside billions of euros to fix 11 million cars. So who made the discovery that sent the German car giant into a tailspin? A group of scientists at West Virginia University.

5.6 million fingerprints stolen in OPM hack: What can thieves do with data? (+video) (CS Monitor)

The latest estimate of fingerprints exposed during the breach is five times higher than first reported. Experts say “the theft could give Chinese intelligence a huge leg up in recruiting informants inside the U.S. government,”

http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/feeds/scitech/~4/0pqyYe9h27MEU launches inquiry into web companies' online behavior (Reuters)

The European Commission on Thursday launched an inquiry into the behavior of online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to try to gauge whether there is a need to regulate the web.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/reuters/technologyNews/~4/ISevrWKaFSU