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  • To the rescue

    To the rescue

    The word ‘volunteer’ is associated with positive vibes and a dose of admiration for people who act selflessly and without sparing any thought for financial profit. Think about it. When a water pipe bursts, you don’t call a volunteer plumber and...

  • How much should we tell children about their own health?

    How much should we tell children about their own health?

    When it comes to deciding whether and how to talk to children about their own health, there's no one-size-fits-all formula, some doctors argue. Over the years, the pendulum has swung from a "protective" approach of telling kids little or nothing...

  • To move forward in exhilaration

    To move forward in exhilaration

    Tomorrow, Daniel Massa is reading his poetry in English and Maltese on the stage of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival accompanied by Glen Calleja and Albert Gatt. He will then be interviewed by Kenneth Wain. Prof. Massa doesn’t often...

  • Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Heavy lifting during youth can double chance of mid-life back pain

    Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests. “When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way through it, but sooner...

  • Sub post offices in Birkirkara, St Paul's Bay to close temporarily

    Sub post offices in Birkirkara, St Paul's Bay to close temporarily

    Sub post offices in Birkirkara and St Paul's Bay will be closed at the turn of the month, MaltaPost has announced.  The sub post office at Oreana Stationery, 94, Triq L. Casolani, Birkirkara will be closed between 30 August and 8 September, while...

  • Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Decoding Scandinavian cool at Copenhagen Fashion Week

    Copenhagen Fashion Week is the only fashion week that is covered by world-leading fashion site vogue.com, London-based fashion news site The Business of Fashion, W Magazine and Dazed Digital besides the leading fashion destinations of NY, London,...

  • Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England told to reduce operations to combat winter crisis threat

    Hospitals in England have been ordered to cut back non-urgent operations and cancel outpatient appointments in the run-up to Christmas in preparation for a possible winter crisis, official documents have disclosed. The move comes as the Royal...

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Arnold Schwarzenegger launches Hong Kong sports fest

    Film star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger opens his sports festival in Hong Kong, to encourage local residents to catch the fitness bug. Ashraf Fahim reports.

  • Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    Construction and problems of the Malta railway

    An account of the construction of the railway was published in The Engineer of April 13, 1883, two months after the official inauguration. The description of the difficulties encountered during the construction would have resonated with Victorian...

  • Enhance workout by counting right

    Whether we’re tracking the temperature or UV index, value of stocks and shares, unemployment statistics or the score of a football match, we never seem to stop keeping count. We count off the days when we’re looking forward to something and count...

  • Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    Boy, 3, has legs amputated after misdiagnosis at UK hospital

    A three-year-old boy had both his legs and most of his fingers amputated after doctors wrongly diagnosed a life-threatening infection as common childhood condition tonsillitis. Reuben Harvey-Smith was taken to A&E at Ipswich Hospital after...

  • Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Malta and World War I, July to December 1916

    Towards the end of June 1916, the Allies began a week-long artillery bom­­­­bardment of German defensive positions on the Somme River in northern France, in preparation for a major British-led offensive. Then, at 7.30am on July 1, 1916, the...

  • The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    The painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Valletta

    On our island, the devotion to the painting of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the basilica sanctuary in Valletta dates back many years. When the Carmelites entered Valletta after the Great Siege in 1570, they built a church dedicated to Our Lady of...

  • Balance at any age

    Balance at any age

    As we grow older, our balance becomes poor. It takes a child six years to be able to balance on one leg for up to 10 seconds, hop on one foot, albeit clumsily, or learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels. It takes longer to master...

  • Keeping dementia at bay

    Keeping dementia at bay

    In November 1901 a 51-year-old woman developed a cluster of mental symptoms which included memory impairment. She was admitted to the Hospital for the Mentally Ill and Epileptics, Frankfurt am Main, under the care of Dr Alois Alzheimer who had...

  • Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Myth Debunked: Are chemtrails a secret spraying plot?

    Some groups and individuals erroneously believe that the long-lasting condensation trails, or contrails, left behind aircraft are evidence of a secret large-scale spraying programme. They call these imagined features ‘chemtrails’. Adherents of...

  • Nanobot wars

    Nanobot wars

    Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. They have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Grand Canyon and other ones like it are some of earth’s most marvellous formations. It turns out these canyons may not be unique to our planet. Researchers announced last week that the Cassini spacecraft has identified canyons on Saturn’s moon...

  • Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Zika spreads to Miami Beach, US expands travel warning

    Federal health officials warned pregnant women not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active in the popular tourist destination. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggested...

  • Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    Thinking of yourself as 'old' is more likely to make you so

    The older that seniors feel relative to their actual age, the greater their odds of cognitive decline in the coming years, a recent study has found. Among nearly 6,000 US seniors followed for two to four years, those who felt older than their...

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