The Malta Independent 22 April 2018, Sunday


Study finds obesity robs the tongue of taste buds in mice

Friday, 20 April 2018, 11:03 Last update: about 6 days ago Associated Press

Packing on pounds seems to dull people's sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds. If Tuesday's findings pan...

Q&A: The debate over the 'right to try' experimental drugs

Thursday, 19 April 2018, 11:01 Last update: about 6 days ago Associated Press

The idea is a political crowd-pleaser with a catchy slogan: giving desperately ill patients the "right to try" experimental medicines. Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday...

Influenza's wild origins in the animals around us

Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 10:58 Last update: about 4 days ago The Conversation

In the early 20th century, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. Epidemics erupted with little warning, seemingly out of the blue. When the “Great Influenza” struck in 1918,...

Neurosurgeon answers questions relating to brain injuries

Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 10:56 Last update: about 6 days ago

More than four years after a ski accident caused him a near-fatal brain injury, little is known about Michael Schumacher's current condition. Updates on his health have been extremely scarce ever...

How to find hidden cancers? Doctors try glowing dyes

Monday, 16 April 2018, 10:53 Last update: about 6 days ago Associated Press

It was an ordinary surgery to remove a tumor — until doctors turned off the lights and the patient's chest started to glow. A spot over his heart shined purplish pink. Another shimmered in a...

Inching closer to a world without polio

Friday, 13 April 2018, 11:30 Last update: about 13 days ago The Conversation

At its height in the 1940s and ‘50s, polio paralyzed more than 35,000 Americans every year. But thanks to vaccines as well as good hygiene and sanitation practices, polio has largely been...

For menopause sex discomfort, gel worked as well as hormone

Thursday, 12 April 2018, 11:27 Last update: about 9 days ago Associated Press

In a study of women with menopause-related sexual discomfort, gels worked as well as prescription hormone tablets at reducing symptoms. The researchers say the results suggest low-cost,...

Fertility clinic failures forge lost legacies, heartbreak

Tuesday, 10 April 2018, 11:23 Last update: about 12 days ago Associated Press

Many of them had already endured their share of heartache. Some had been trying for years to get pregnant, suffering through multiple miscarriages. Others had undergone cancer treatments that...

Barbershop study trimmed black men's hair and blood pressure

Monday, 9 April 2018, 11:21 Last update: about 13 days ago Associated Press

Trim your hair, your beard, your blood pressure? Black men reduced one of their biggest medical risks through a novel project that shows the power of familiar faces and trusted places to improve...

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