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  • Yoga may help relieve symptoms of asthma

    Yoga may help relieve symptoms of asthma

    Yoga seems to provide small improvements in symptoms and quality of life in people with asthma, according to a new review. The practice of yoga includes breathing exercises, postures (called asanas) and meditation. Yoga has been proposed as a...

  • Individual DNA analysis basis of new approach to breast cancer

    Individual DNA analysis basis of new approach to breast cancer

    The latest breast cancer research could lead to more personalised care for patients and help further understanding of the causes of the disease, scientists said. A study involving people from around the world has been hailed as giving a more...

  • Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Children of distracted parents may have shorter attention spans

    Parents who look at their phones or getdistracted when playing with their children may raise youngsters with short attention spans, research suggests. Psychologists said they have found the first direct connection between how long a parent pays...

  • Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborns in Scotland being tested for alcohol

    Newborn babies in Scotland are being tested for alcohol after researchers raised concerns that some pregnant mothers are drinking regularly. Samples from hundreds of babies born at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow are being studied...

  • Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Social circle ‘is greatestpain killer’

    Having lots of friends can be “better than morphine”, new research suggests. People with large groups of friends have a higher pain tolerance, according to researchers from Oxford University. Experts looked into endorphins – the body’s natural...

  • The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    The Battle of Verdun and the Battle of Jutland

    In late April 1916, the Germans launched another attack, this time against the British on the Western Front. The attack, which was effectively a gas attack, was launched between April 27 to 29, 1916. Just before dawn on April 27 the British troops...

  • Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    Birkirkara basilica’s St Joseph statue given a new lease of life

    The Collegiate Basilica of Birkirkara’s outstanding 19th-century wooden polychrome statue of St Joseph, which dates back to 1826, stands impeccably conserved. A notable work of art by leading architectural sculptor Vincenzo Dimech (1768-1831), it...

  • The forces that shape our daily lives

    The forces that shape our daily lives

    There is no doubt that health and illness are determined not only by individual factors such as personal habits or simply bad luck, but also by factors that fall under the rubric of ‘social determinants of health’, which have been defined by the...

  • Tinker, Maker: How to observe the Mercury transit

    On May 9, 2016, a transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun takes place. Mercury transits are relatively rare events which can be observed from much of the world. However, since they involve viewing the sun, extreme caution must be taken. A...

  • Misunderstood heart disease risks

    Misunderstood heart disease risks

    The favourite cause of heart disease is a high-fat diet. While that certainly does not help, it is becoming increasingly clear that the real issue is due to our modern diet, more specifically, anything that comes in a box with a long shelf...

  • Planet of the machines

    Planet of the machines

    In 1984, director James Cameron brought The Terminator to cinemas across the world, featuring artificial intelligence called Skynet which sent a machine back through time to kill the future leader of the human resistance (obviously, fighting...

  • Healthy lungs for life

    Healthy lungs for life

    The European Respiratory Society and the European Lung Foundation are partners of global health initiative Healthy Lungs for Life. The campaign, which is being supported by GSK Malta, seeks to reduce the number of people living with respiratory...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    Astronaut Tim Peake captured an image of the Klyuchevskaya volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The tip of the conical volcano can be seen poking out from the surrounding clouds and a plume of smoke is rising from it. The volcano...

  • Training tips for overweight participants

    Training tips for overweight participants

    If you live in Malta and are news savvy, it is unlikely that you have not heard about the problem of big waistlines on our little islands. We often cite international and European obesity and inactivity statistics presenting our poor state of...

  • World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    World should be ‘ashamed’ of Syria humanitarian crisis

    UN aid chief in strongly-worded appeal about nation’s ‘massive suffering’, where people are facing ‘appalling’ desolation, hunger and starvation The UN says the world should be “ashamed” after warning people in Syria are starving without medical...

  • Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    Maltese team studies how aspirin can prevent cancer

    A team at the University of Malta is looking into the effect of aspirin on genes, to understand how this painkiller destroys cancer cells. A daily dose of aspirin is prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular diseases but recent research has...

  • Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat could increase ‘biological age’ of body

    Eating too much red meat and not enough fruit and vegetables could possibly increase the body’s “biological age” and contribute to health problems. Scientists found that a moderate increase in levels of serum phosphate in the body caused by red...

  • Good coders are from Venus too

    Good coders are from Venus too

    Women have a positive track record in the ICT Industry. Just consider Ada Lovelace, daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, who programmed the first mechanical computer created by Charles Babbage. Today, the president and chief executive officer...

  • Music for babies

    Music for babies

    Music can help improve the way a baby responds to speech, researchers have found. Experts said that experiencing music has the potential to boost broader cognitive skills. The rhythmic pattern in music can improve a baby’s ability to detect and...

  • ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    ‘Childbearing hips’ reach peak level between 25 and 40

    The expression “childbearing hips” should be reserved for women between 25 and 40, a study suggests. Researchers have tracked the development of pelvis growth and found that a woman’s pelvis adjusts for childbearing years. After the onset of...

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