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  • Combating heart disease

    Combating heart disease

    The Malta Heart Foundation is being relaunched tomorrow in a bid to increase awareness of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and support patients Heart disease is responsible for more deaths every year than any other condition. In...

  • Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle touts new technology to reduce sugar in chocolate

    Nestle, the world's largest packaged food group, said it had devised a new technology that has the potential to reduce sugar in some of its confectionery products by up to 40 percent without affecting the taste.  The maker of Kitkat and Aero bars...

  • Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Surprising monkey study could lead to 'functional' HIV cure

    Anthony Fauci doesn't get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn't make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the...

  • Educate to eradicate Aids

    Educate to eradicate Aids

    On the first day of every December, since 1988, the world has observed World Aids Day. This global health day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite and show their support for people living with HIV and to comme­­morate people who have...

  • One in seven people with HIV in EU unaware they have virus

    One in seven people with HIV in the Europe Union region is unaware they have the virus, seriously hampering efforts to meet a global 2030 deadline for eradicating the Aids epidemic, a senior health expert said. The average estimated time between...

  • Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Thriving on raw eggs, world's oldest person marks 117th birthday in Italy

    Emma Morano, thought to be the world's oldest person and the last to be born in the 1800s, celebrated her 117th birthday today, still swearing by her diet of two raw eggs a day. Morano was born in November 1899, four years before the Wright...

  • A voyage to discover what lies beneath the waves

    A voyage to discover what lies beneath the waves

    One of Malta's foremost marine biologists will be explaining some of the innovative techniques being used to monitor undersea environments in Malta Café Scientifique’s next event Mediterranean Marauders. Join Professor Alan Deidun in his quest to...

  • Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents urged to stop telling kids Father Christmas is real

    Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children. Spinning stories about Santa risks undermining a child’s trust and is morally suspect, according to two experts. Social...

  • Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Emotional bond with fathers ‘key to children’s behaviour’

    Fathers who are emotionally involved with their children and feel confident as a parent are less likely to raise offspring with behavioural problems, research suggests. A new study from Oxford University found that a father’s emotional attachment...

  • Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music ‘food’ for the brain

    Music lessons improve brain connections in healthy children and may be useful in children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), researchers say. After nine months of musical training in healthy...

  • Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    Amadeo Preziosi – a talented Maltese artist who thrived in Turkey

    By birth a member of the wealthy, aristocratic, strongly Catholic families of Malta, Amadeo, Fifth Count Preziosi, was born in Malta on December 2, 1816, and baptised in the parish church of Porto Salvo in Valletta with the names of Aloysius,...

  • The five-second rule

    The five-second rule

    We may have heard of the five-second rule when applied to dropping food on the ground. Basically, you have five seconds to pick it up before it gets swamped with all the bad germs on your floor. Ironically, nobody knows where this rule came from.

  • Physical activity as entertainment

    A great aspect of physical activity is that it isn’t only fun to do, it’s so often just as fun to watch. From competitive sport to dance, there is something intrinsically pleasing about watching other human bodies in motion, performing coordinated...

  • Healthy week

    Vassallo Group of Companies held its first Healthy Lifestyles Week for employees. Organised in collaboration with the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate, the event aimed to promote a healthier lifestyle for over 1,500 staff from...

  • About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    About pastries and this year’s Nobel prize in physics

    Doughnuts and pretzels are, in many respects, at two opposite sides of the pastry world: a doughnut is soft and sweet while a pretzel is crunchy and savoury. However, the most note­worthy difference between a doughnut and a pretzel (at least from...

  • How to get your dream bag without breaking the bank

    How to get your dream bag  without breaking the bank

    Last week I wrote about the real price of not buying a classic designer bag and at the time, I really thought that the subject was somewhat done and dusted. However, after receiving a number of messages from readers asking about the best way to go...

  • Too clean for comfort?

    Too clean for comfort?

    Allergies seem to be increasing at a fast rate within our community and throughout the world. For instance, allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) affects 10-30 per cent of the population worldwide. One marker of allergic sensitisation, the...

  • Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    Myth debunked: Does the moon have a dark side?

    The moon makes a complete orbit once every 27.3 days. Early in its history, the moon’s rotation slow­ed and became tidally locked in its orientation with Earth. The energy it used to use to rotate relative to Earth quick­ly dissipated as heat,...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    Saturn’s rings captured by the Cassini space probe in late 2015. The Cassini mission was sent to Saturn to study the planet, its rings and its many natural satellites. In the background of the photo we see Enceladus and Tethys in perfect...

  • Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Evidence ties sugary caffeinated drinks to poor sleep

    Adults who sleep no more than five hours a night are more likely to be heavy soda drinkers than people who get more rest, a US study suggests. Soda is the main source of added sugar in the American diet, researchers note in the journal Sleep Health.

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