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  • Core stability and back pain

    Core stability and back pain

    Over the past 10 years, there has been a significant increase in awareness of the importance of core stability in dealing with back pain. While core stability is an important concept in the rehabilitation of back pain, correct core training at the...

  • Medical treatment or basic care for the terminally ill?

    Mark Vassallo, who recently obtained an MA in Bioethics from the University of Malta, examines in his dissertation ethical issues in end-of-life care in geriatrics. The dissertation, entitled ‘Artificial nutrition and hydration in end-of-life...

  • Look out for the dangers of mould

    Look out for the dangers of mould

    The weather conditions of winter bring with them the danger of mould in the home or workplace. Indoor mould can cause serious damage to the health of those living with it. In fact, there is growing evidence that living in damp and/or mouldy...

  • Biblical bodies

    Biblical bodies

    “The word became flesh.” And so the Gospel of St John begins in one of the most famous texts of all time. A beautiful piece of literature, a deep and most spiritual use of words, connected directly to the notion of flesh. Why then, did such a bad...

  • Glaucoma first for Malta

    An eye operation to control intra­ocular pressure in a glaucoma pa­tient was performed in Malta for the first time at St James Capua Hospital, Sliema. A glaucoma drainage device implant, also known as an Ahmed valve, was inserted in the patient’s...

  • Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    Ibuprofen ‘could hold back ageing’

    An over-the-counter painkiller could hold back ageing, research suggests. In laboratory tests, ibuprofen was found to extend the lives of worms and flies by the equivalent of about 12 years in human terms. They not only lived longer, but seemed to...

  • N. Korea comedy ‘desperately unfunny’, say Sony executives

    N. Korea comedy ‘desperately unfunny’, say Sony executives

    The comedy on the fictional assassination of North Korea’s leader is “desperately unfunny” and would have flopped overseas if it had not been cancelled, according to leaked e-mails of international executives of Sony Pictures. Sony Corp. scrapped...

  • Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Obesity ‘could be a disability’

    Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, but stopped short of saying that obesity was a condition that needed specific protection under European anti-discrimination laws. The landmark decision will be...

  • Hacking sparks worldwide alert

    Companies across the world are on high alert to tighten up their network security to avoid being the next firm brought to its knees by hackers like those who carried out the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. The hack could...

  • Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Anti-wrinkle drugs may boost lifespan

    Drugs that smoothe away wrinkles and put a spring in your step could also increase lifespan, research suggests. Scientists have discovered that genes linked to youthful looks and supple limbs also appear to affect longevity. The study focused on...

  • We are all living six years longer

    We are all living six years longer

    Life expectancy has increased since 1990 despite rising death rates for drug use, liver cancer and diseases killing millions of children in poor countries Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990, thanks to falling death...

  • Hollywood slams Sony, theatres for cancelling Interview

    Hollywood slams Sony, theatres for cancelling Interview

    Hollywood film-makers and actors voiced outrage after Sony Pictures pulled the release of North Korea parody The Interview, following threats from hackers who waged a massive cyberattack on the movie studio. Actors Ben Stiller, Steve Carell, Rob...

  • Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

    Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health...

  • Annie remixed for 2014

    Annie remixed for 2014

    Annie (2014)Certified: UDuration: 118 minutesDirected by: Will GluckStarring: Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Tracie Thoms, Dorian Missick, David Zayas, Peter Van Wagner, Patricia...

  • Rossini Rosé is latest newcomer to Classic range

    Rossini Rosé is latest newcomer to Classic range

    Delicata’s recently repackaged Classic Collection range of seven wines, with their easy-to-use screw-cap closures, has added a newcomer to its ranks. The collection of single varietal wines, which has been around since 1993, has always consisted...

  • Nationwide competition: ‘Win a limo party’

    Emmanuel Delicata has begun its nationwide wine promotion in all the retail outlets that sell its wine. This promotion runs until January 5. To enter, all participants have to do is purchase any Delicata wine, complete and submit the ‘Win a Limo...

  • Seared venison carpaccio

    Seared venison carpaccio

    Serves 4 Ingredients50g Saint Agur cheeseGarlic confit400g venison fillet, well trimmed½ tbsp rapeseed oilSea saltCrushed black peppercorns1 bunch rocket leaves1 tsp thyme1 tsp coriander1 tsp parsley1 tsp rosemary10g mixed spices For chocolate...

  • Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Scientists claim e-cigarettes can help people stop smoking

    Evidence suggests e-cigarettes help smokers quit, but more research is needed to confirm this and find out if ‘vaping’ nicotine is better than using patches or gum, scientists said yesterday. In an international review of available evidence,...

  • Comedy premiere cancelled after threats

    Comedy premiere cancelled after threats

    The New York premiere of The Interview, a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been cancelled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking...

  • Overweight? Continue to breathe out

    It will be a huge sigh of relief for anyone who sneaks in that naughty extra mince pie this Christmas – scientists have discovered you can shed the kilos simply by breathing. More than 80 per cent of body fat leaves the body through exhaling,...

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