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Stories from 2008

Study finds sleep disorder link to diabetes

Researchers have discovered a genetic anomaly linking type 2 diabetes with sleep disorders. An international study has found that mutations in the MTNR1B gene, which codes for a receptor for the circadian rhythm regulating hormone, melatonin, are associated with both sleep disorders and altered insulin levels. For carriers, this can...Read more

Fatigue cited as ‘urgent’ safety concern for LAX

A University of Southern California aviation safety specialist has cited air-traffic controller fatigue as one of the most pressing safety issues affecting Los Angeles Airport (LAX). With 20 years experience researching human factors in aviation safety, Professor Najmedin Meshkati, of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering pointed to controller fatigue...Read more