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  • Cannabis drug 'reduces seizure risk' in children with severe epilepsy

    Cannabis drug 'reduces seizure risk' in children with severe epilepsy

    A cannabis drug offers new hope to thousands with untreatable forms of epilepsy, a groundbreaking study has shown. The cannabidiol (CBD) compound reduced convulsive seizures by nearly 40 percent in teenagers and children with Dravet syndrome, a...

  • Drinking coffee may have protective effect against liver cancer

    Drinking coffee may have protective effect against liver cancer

    Increasing coffee consumption may help to stave off liver cancer, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to develop hepatocellular cancer (HCC), the most common form of primary liver...

  • Chocolate eaters ‘may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat’

    Chocolate eaters ‘may have lower risk of irregular heartbeat’

    Study finds higher levels of chocolate intake to be associated with a lower rate of clinically apparent atrial fibrillation among men and women Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation,...

  • Cheaper flights for Erasmus students as Ryanair announces strategic partnership

    Cheaper flights for Erasmus students as Ryanair announces strategic partnership

    Students taking part in the EU's Erasmus exchange programme are to benefit from reduced fares and free checked-in bags when flying Ryanair as part of a strategic partnership announced by the budget airline.  The Erasmus partnership will offer...

  • Cigarette filters may increase lung cancer risk

    Cigarette filters may increase lung cancer risk

    Cigarette filters, introduced decades ago to reduce the amount of tar smokers inhale, also alter other properties of smoke and smoking in a way that raises the risk of lung cancer, researchers say. In a review of research on changes in lung cancer...

  • Personalised music playlists could give dementia patients relief, study finds

    Personalised music playlists could give dementia patients relief, study finds

    Nursing home residents with dementia who listen to a personalised music playlist may need less psychotropic medication and have improved behaviour, a recent study suggests. The individualised music program designed for nursing homes, called Music...

  • Supporting healthy eating

    Supporting healthy eating

    Schools are a key environment where to teach large groups of children of all social classes about healthy eating and thus instil positive dietary behaviours. Charmaine Gauci, superintendent of public health, discusses the food procurement...

  • Deciphering the role of exercise in fighting obesity

    Deciphering the role of exercise in fighting obesity

    Research is being carried out among Maltese schoolchildren to assess whether increased amounts of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity can reduce the obesity problem. Stephanie Fsadni speaks to a foreign professor involved in the...

  • Protect your child from asthma

    Protect your child from asthma

    World Asthma Day is an annual event organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma which aims to increase asthma awareness, care and support around the world.  World Asthma Day falls on the first Tuesday of May. Asthma is a chronic disease of the...

  • Why electric cars are here to stay

    Why electric cars are here to stay

    Battery Electric Vehicles, or just Electric Vehicles (EVs), run on an on-board battery usually placed centrally at the base of the chassis. They still have a motorised engine that turns the wheels but it is fuelled by electrical energy instead of...

  • European Heart Failure Awareness Day in Malta

    European Heart Failure Awareness Day in Malta

    To coincide with European Heart Failure Awareness Day, the Maltese Cardiac Society and Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, in collaboration with Novartis, organised activities to increase awareness on heart failure in Malta. Heart...

  • Is cannabis the best medicine for chronic pain?

    Is cannabis the best medicine for chronic pain?

    Over 100 million people across Europe suffer from chronic pain. However, research has shown that conventional painkillers are often ineffective or capable of causing worse side effects. Prof. Giuseppe Di Giovanni and Dr Andrew Agius suggest one...

  • Malta and the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Second Special Squadron in WWI

    Malta and the Imperial Japanese Navy’s Second Special Squadron in WWI

    War came to Malta before the formal British declaration of war on Germany on August 4, 1914, as the Royal Navy had just left the Grand Harbour in pursuit of the German battle cruiser Goeben. The British Mediterranean Fleet, located in Malta, was...

  • Retro summer full of geometry

    Retro summer full of geometry

    Inspired by the 1950s and 1960s, La Piscine emerges as the most important theme in the Parfois spring/summer 2017 collection for the warm season. The scene at the Molitor pools in Paris, where colour is a predominant element, provides the motif...

  • Timepieces feature elegance

    Timepieces feature elegance

    Daniel Wellington’s Classic Petite Melrose is the neatest classic, yet is a statement timepiece that truly reflects the design approach of the designer. Defined by its contemporary look and sophisticated design, this 32mm watch is a must-have staple.

  • Skin formulas that work

    Skin formulas that work

    A preview of Anika Patel’s Nior London range of skincare products was held at Palazzo Castelletti in Rabat. The brand is leading the way in groundbreaking skincare technology. As a child, like most, Patel experienced blemish-free skin until...

  • Gold and bronze for top-notch white wines

    Passion and craftsmanship earned Delicata two medals at the 2017 Challenge International du Vin in Bordeaux, France. Delicata’s Gran Cavalier Chardonnay won Gold whereas its Grand Vin de Hauteville Viognier earned a well-deserved Bronze. The two...

  • Fashion week and awards

    Fashion week and awards

    The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Malta and the Chamilia Malta Fashion Awards were launched at Fort St Elmo last Monday. The Valletta 2018 Foundation and the Ministry of Justice, Culture and Local Government are supporters of this year’s event. Malta...

  • Spotlight on: Marco Parascandalo

    Spotlight on: Marco Parascandalo

    I was recently approached by one of my readers who asked me if I would be willing to write a little more about local designers. In the spirit of my genuine and pretty ardent belief in home-grown talent and of giving my readers something that they...

  • Four new skin boosters

    Four new skin boosters

    Four new boosters are on the market: Hydra+ hydration booster; Nutri+ nutrition oils; Defence+ antioxidant oils; and Lift+ firming solution. Designed to boost your day and night cream, these boosters are available from all leading salons and...

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