SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

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February 27, 2014 (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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New cancer immunotherapy treatment already shows promise (Jewish World Review)

In a phase one human clinical trial, a Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center team in New York City used a gene to engineer patients' immune cells to attack B-cell leukemia. The results were dramatic. Of 16 patients suffering the final stages of B-cell leukemia, 14 went into complete remission.

Stem-cell firm cleared for ovarian cancer trial (Sacramento Bee)

A Southern California stem-cell company has received federal approval to test a new treatment for ovarian cancer on patients.

Sit More, And You're More Likely To Be Disabled After Age 60 (NPR)

People tend to relax as they get older, and most people sit more. Each extra hour of sitting increases the odds that they won't be able to get out of bed or do other daily activities.

Bumblebees catching diseases from honeybees, say scientists (CS Monitor)

Bumblebee populations are declining worldwide, thanks in part to illnesses contracted from their commercialized honeybee cousins, new research finds.

Study: MERS virus infecting camels since 1992 (UT San Diego)

Scientists say the mysterious MERS virus has been infecting camels in Saudi Arabia for at least two decades, and early human cases probably went undiagnosed.