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  • Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Overdone chips, toast, are cancer risk, scientists warn

    Potatoes and bread cooked at high temperatures for a long time could increase the risk of cancer in people who eat them regularly, British government scientists said today. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) said a substance called acrylamide,...

  • Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese patients ‘less likely to die after heart operation’

    Obese and overweight patients are less likely to die after a heart operation than those who are a healthy weight, research suggests. The new study throws the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) approach in some parts of the country – where obese...

  • Evening whisky key to long-running life

    Evening whisky key to long-running life

    A whisky every evening is the key to a long life, according to Britain’s oldest living Olympian who celebrated his 100th birthday last week. Despite his athletic feats, centenarian Bill Lucas said it was the daily tipple and a glass of wine or...

  • Fugitives who escaped to Malta

    Fugitives who escaped to Malta

    Throughout history, Malta has served as a refuge and safe haven for many who had fallen foul of the law, or who were being pursued and persecuted for various other reasons in their home country. From the pre-Christian era right up to the present,...

  • Shining a light on some patrons of photographer Leandro Preziosi

    Shining a light on some patrons of photographer Leandro Preziosi

    Early photography in Malta is receiving well deserved scrutiny. One of the earliest Maltese pioneers of photography worthy of serious research was Leandro Preziosi (1820-1869), younger brother of the better known watercolourist Count Amadeo...

  • Life expectancy over the decades

    Life expectancy over the decades

    There is no doubt that health services in most western countries are currently under a huge strain trying to cope with increasing disease, illness, and an aging population. We are seeing an epidemic of chronic diseases, from heart illnesses to...

  • Identifying the next hopefuls

    Identifying the next hopefuls

    We were a reunited family this Christmas, thanks to my brother’s long trek from the opposite side of the globe to be with us again over the holiday season. We’ve since hit the grindstone again in our respective countries, but among the gifts he...

  • Weight-loss ‘no-nos’ are all on display in new TV reality show

    Weight-loss ‘no-nos’ are all on display in new TV reality show

    The long-awaited Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian pilot, aired January 13 on E! Network after its announcement in 2015, has had an audience split ever since its premier. Revenge Body features two struggling individuals looking to lose weight to...

  • Myth debunked: You’ve got the memory of a goldfish!

    Myth debunked: You’ve got the memory of a goldfish!

    Are you quite forgetful? Have you ever used the term having the memory of a goldfish? Well if you have, you are not being all that scientifically correct. This also depends whether one is talking about the working memory or the attention span. Let...

  • On a science journey

    On a science journey

    Whether you’re a science student, graduate, academic or simply interested in the local flora and fauna, one can easily take part in collecting data. This is exciting news for science enthusiasts who would like to contribute to updating the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This photo is of the Maltese Freshwater Crab (Il-Qabru in Maltese) and is endemic to the Maltese Islands. This was taken in Baħrija at the bottom of the valley near the freshwater spring. Il-Qabru lives where there is a permanent source of...

  • Preterm birth linked to health problems in adolescence

    Preterm birth linked to health problems in adolescence

    Adolescents who were born extremely premature are much more likely to have chronic health problems than their peers who were delivered at full term, a Swedish study suggests. "Children born extremely preterm at 23 to 25 weeks gestation face an...

  • Euthanasia debate stems from our failure to deal with end-of-life care, says bioethics expert

    Euthanasia debate stems from our failure to deal with end-of-life care, says bioethics expert

    The introduction of euthanasia would show a failure of humanity to deal with dying people, says bioethics expert Pierre Mallia. He spoke to Simonne Pace about a research project with a profoundly important aim: to make the end of life comfortable...

  • Successful pregnancy possible even with complex heart defects

    Women who are born with high-risk heart defects can have successful pregnancies if they get the right medical support, according to new US guidelines. The guidelines are the first from the American Heart Association to offer a roadmap to women...

  • Objects lost, music found

    Objects lost, music found

    Having just hosted Dutch experimental luthier and musician Yuri Landman as its latest Artist-in-Residence (AiR), Spazju Kreattiv is now holding an open jam session with instruments made by him and workshop participants. Landman built his first...

  • Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery

    Migraines tied to increased stroke risk after surgery

    People with a history of migraine may be more likely to have a stroke after surgery than patients who don't get these severe headaches, a recent study suggests. While stroke was rare in the study, the odds of ischemic stroke within 30 days of...

  • High-end travellers get a top-level concierge service

    High-end travellers get a top-level concierge service

    A personalised concierge service dedicated to high-end travellers promises to take the stress out of conducting business overseas. Bleisure Malta will cater to luxury individual and group travellers who need to have business facilities within...

  • Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study. Not all patients with mild cognitive impairment have issues with driving, the researchers note in their...

  • More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    P&O continued to provide liner servi­ces during World War I. German submarines operating in the Mediterranean took their toll, the ships being targeted on outward and homeward voyages to the Orient and Australia, often after the usual Malta call.

  • Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    The sad news of Lino Bugeja’s passing, although not unexpected, shocked me and others, notably my colleagues at the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism, who worked closely with Lino over the last 18 months. Lino was keen to...

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