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  • Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    Maltese photographer chronicles 'a date that will live in infamy'

    On the morning of Sunday, December 7, 1941, at exactly 7.48am, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service launched a surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. The date, which was famously proclaimed by President...

  • Hot flashes at younger ages may signal higher cardiac risk later

    Hot flashes at younger ages may signal higher cardiac risk later

    Women who start having hot flashes in their 40s and early 50s may be at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease later on, researchers say. In a study of 272 women aged 40 to 60, the researchers found a connection between hot flashes at younger...

  • Exercise is 'socially contagious', study finds

    Exercise is 'socially contagious', study finds

    A study published in scientific journal Nature Communications found that friends play a major role in determining a person's exercise routine, according to The Independent.  Spanning over five years, the study tracked the daily exercises of over a...

  • Drinking diet drinks every day 'significantly increases stroke and dementia risk'

    Drinking diet drinks every day 'significantly increases stroke and dementia risk'

    People who consume diet drinks every day are almost three times more likely to suffer a stroke or dementia, research suggests. Having at least one diet drink a day increased the risk compared to consuming less than one diet drink a week, a study...

  • 'Repurposed' drugs may be used to treat Alzheimer's

    'Repurposed' drugs may be used to treat Alzheimer's

    Two "repurposed" drugs have been shown to reduce the kind of brain shrinkage caused by Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Both medicines, one a licensed antidepressant and the other an anti-cancer compound, restored protein...

  • Cycling to work can cut cancer, heart disease - study

    Cycling to work can cut cancer, heart disease - study

    Cycling to work cuts the risk of developing heart disease and cancer by almost half, research suggests. Walking to work is also good for you, although it does not offer the same benefits as taking a bike, experts from the University of Glasgow...

  • Julia Roberts named People's 'most beautiful' for record 5th time

    Julia Roberts named People's 'most beautiful' for record 5th time

    Julia Roberts was named People magazine's world's most beautiful woman for a record 5th time today, but the actress said she thought her best years were yet to come. Roberts, 49, was first given the annual honour in 1991, a year after she...

  • TheStudentCampus wins eBusiness Awards ‘Badge of Honour’

    TheStudentCampus wins eBusiness Awards ‘Badge of Honour’

    TheStudentCampus has been named Malta’s “Best Tech Start-up” at the annual MCA eBusiness Awards, hosted by the Malta Communications Authority at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on April 11. TheStudentCampus was established in the hopes of...

  • Should pregnant mothers hang up their mobile phones?

    Should pregnant mothers hang up their mobile phones?

    Children whose mothers were frequent mobile phone users during pregnancy were more likely than those of less frequent users to be hyperactive, a new study finds. However, lead author Laura Birks is not explicitly advising expectant mothers to hang...

  • Scientists find new way to fight breast cancer

    Scientists find new way to fight breast cancer

    A new method of combating breast cancer has been discovered by scientists after they pinpointed a key driver for its growth and spread. Researchers found a protein called lysyl oxidase (Lox) allowed breast cancer cells to latch on to growth...

  • Bear Grylls: "Schools should equip children for life, not exams"

    Bear Grylls: "Schools should equip children for life, not exams"

    Bear Grylls has criticised schools for not being fully equipped to prepare children for adult life, adding that they need to "empower" young people more. The TV star and adventurer, a father-of-three, said many people who go on to be successful do...

  • Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

    Women may be less apt to get surgery in war-torn countries

    Working as a surgeon in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr Sherry Wren could not help but wonder why so many more men than women sought her care. Her curiosity led her to ask Doctors Without Borders for data on surgeries conducted in its humanitarian projects...

  • Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry reveals decades-long struggle to confront grief of mother's death

    Prince Harry has revealed he sought counselling after two years of "total chaos" having spent nearly 20 years "not thinking" about the death of his mother. Harry was 12 years old when Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash but he said...

  • Unexplained chest pain may signal higher heart risk

    Unexplained chest pain may signal higher heart risk

    Most people who complain to their general practitioner about first-time chest pain do not get additional diagnostic testing to determine the cause, according to a study from the UK. However, doctors should take it as a possible warning sign. Even...

  • Ivory: A natural material reflecting the purification from sin

    Ivory: A natural material reflecting   the purification from sin

    On April 30, 2016, a huge bonfire was set alight in Nairobi where €99 million worth of poached elephant tusks, thought to result from 6,000 illegally slaughtered elephants, went up in flames. Many believe that as long as a legal ivory market...

  • Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    Qormi’s medieval pala d’altare – a plea for its restoration

    One of the few existing medieval retables in Malta is a dismembered pala d’altare at the Qormi parish church of St George that dates to approximately the middle of the 15th century. This retable’s four component parts are, however, still extant...

  • Are we what we eat?

    Are we what we eat?

    We know that we do not eat as well as we should. As recently as 2016 an international team of dietary experts published The Healthy Plate – Dietary Guidelines for Maltese Adults. This study defined a simple healthy approach to eating. And the...

  • Restoring art to its former glory

    Restoring art to its former glory

    The science of conservation and restoration provides the chance for society to enjoy various works of art for centuries. As we celebrate Easter today different statues adorn our churches. However, variations in temperature and humidity provide...

  • The new masters of crass

    The new masters of crass

    Founded in 1854, there are few fashion houses that have been able to keep up an untarnished reputation of excellence in the way Louis Vuitton has. Synonymous with quality and luxury, Louis Vuitton bags have always been set apart from their lesser...

  • Myth debunked: Exercise does not work for me!

    Myth debunked: Exercise does not work for me!

    Most people have heard about the importance of exercise and the need to exercise regularly. However, some people claim that exercise doesn’t seem to be doing much to them. Everyone responds to exercise differently. If one had to take a sample of...

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