October 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.
· Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s (The Atlantic)
· Taking blood pressure drugs at bedtime lowers diabetes risk (SD Union-Tribune)
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
· Germany now faced with thousands of aging wind farms (YahooNews)
· Not just an electric car, but one that runs on salt water (CS Monitor)
· Mercedes-Benz’s self-driving truck hits the open road (CS Monitor)
· Wild horse genome reveals hidden costs of domestication( CS Monitor)
· EU Safe Harbor ruling sends shock waves across tech industry (CS Monitor)
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Nearly 70 percent accuracy found in UCLA study of identical twins, confirmation needed.
Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s (The Atlantic)
A study published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it’s harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise.
The first patient has received a pioneering human embryonic stem cell operation in the U.K. that doctors hope will be effective against a common cause of blindness…The procedure was performed on a 60-year-old woman with a condition called age-related macular degeneration at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital last month. The procedure was deemed successful and there have been no complications to date, the statement said.
You're not just shedding microbes on every surface you touch. Research suggests you're actually walking around in an airborne plume of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that's unique to you..
Taking blood pressure drugs at bedtime lowers diabetes risk (SD Union-Tribune)
Taking blood pressure meds at night halves type 2 diabetes risk, in Spanish study.
Turing Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli has backed down on his plan for an astronomical price increase on a drug used to treat a deadly parasitic infection. The company did not say what the new price would be, but presumably less than the $750 a pill it had planned to charge. The move illustrates how Shkreli is more Wall Street speculator than pharmaceutical entrepreneur.
Women have precious few choices when it comes to treating menopause symptoms, an expert panel says. Cognitive behavioral therapy and hypnosis top the list.
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Almost every major volcanic eruption in the past 2,500 years has rapidly cooled the planet.
Germany has long been a pioneer in the field of renewable energy, generating a record 78 percent of its power consumption from renewables in July of this year. In fact, Germany is one of the very few countries in the world that is actually struggling with too much renewable energy. The latest testimony to this fact is the new issue of decommissioning its old wind farms.
Volkswagen rigged emission tests on about 2.8 million diesel vehicles in Germany, the country's transport minister said on Friday, nearly six times as many as it has admitted to falsifying in the United States. His comments, pointing to cheating on a bigger scale than previously thought, deepened the crisis at the world's largest automaker as its supervisory board held a crucial meeting.
Battery technology has been developed by a German company that allows electric car batteries to be charged via salt water.
The Mercedes-Benz Actros, a self-driving big rig, began driving on public roads in Germany last week. Once it's on the highway, the Actros automatically stays in its lane and adjusts its speed to the flow of traffic.
A sighting of Australian spotted jellyfish in the South Bay may provide another sign of the coming El Niño weather pattern expected to hit San Diego this winter.
Captive breeding has helped preserve the last breed of wild horse on Earth, but it has also altered the Przewalksi horse's gene pool.
Wild plants can protect themselves from pests, but scientists think this immune system has been bred out of domesticated crop plants. Now, they're trying to figure out how to bring it back.
The Court of Justice of the European Union on Tuesday invalidated a data transfer deal between the US and the EU affecting some 4,500 companies, ruling that the Snowden leaks revealed that American companies couldn't safeguard Europeans' personal data.