The Malta Independent 20 August 2017, Sunday

Health

US nixes sleep apnea test plan for truckers, train engineers

Saturday, 19 August 2017, 15:47 Last update: about 3 days ago

U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk. The Federal Railroad...

Hints that lifestyle changes might guard against dementia

Thursday, 17 August 2017, 15:46 Last update: about 3 days ago

Seek a good education. Control blood pressure and diabetes. Get off the couch. There are some hints, but no proof yet, that these and other lifestyle changes just might help stave off dementia. A...

Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away

Saturday, 12 August 2017, 16:43 Last update: about 11 days ago

The biopsy shows cancer, so you have to act fast, right? Not necessarily, if it's a prostate tumor. Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the...

Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers

Friday, 11 August 2017, 16:42 Last update: about 11 days ago

Older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall, even as the rate of workplace fatalities decreases, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics. It's...

Man's mammogram: AP writer gets test usually done on women

Thursday, 10 August 2017, 16:41 Last update: about 11 days ago

When I arrived for my first mammogram it didn't take long for my sense of secrecy to shatter. Behind the counter were five young women, unoccupied and anxious to help. "Andrew Dalton,...

Lifestyle changes to stave off Alzheimer's? Hints, no proof

Wednesday, 9 August 2017, 16:40 Last update: about 11 days ago

There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia...

How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain

Tuesday, 8 August 2017, 16:34 Last update: about 11 days ago

A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe spaces, quiet...

Scientists build DNA from scratch to alter life's blueprint

Friday, 4 August 2017, 16:48 Last update: about 19 days ago

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here. But he and his colleagues are cooking up something else altogether: yeast that works with...

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