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  • Six steps to better standing

    Six steps to better standing

    Following on from the revelation that sitting is now a health hazard, I mentioned last week that standing can also be subjective. How you stand is relative to your health too. We are going to look at a checklist to help you stand better. That...

  • European week of sport and fitness

    If you are going to read an article about fitness, today is officially one of the best days of the year to do it. All week, throughout Europe more people have been more active, more often. If that sounds like a bit of a slogan, it is. The...

  • The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    The bride wore white… and so did everyone else!

    I used to be of the firm belief that there was a limit to human absurdity. That little misconception was soon dispelled after a few ill-fated afternoons when I joined a number of Facebook groups about fashion, beauty and everything else in...

  • Myth debunked: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

    Myth debunked: An apple a day keeps the doctor away?

    Well everyone knows or has heard of this saying before, especially when we were young, but does eating an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Let us look at the facts. Apples are good sources of vitamin C and fibre. A healthy start, but is it...

  • Science over a cuppa

    Science over a cuppa

    Since scientific knowledge is impacting society it is imperative that scientists and society recognise what kind of social impact their research is having on society. This is why scientific awareness of various audiences is crucial to informal...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder, Kaldi. There is a popular Ethiopian legend that has it that coffee was discovered by Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub.

  • Toxic fuel is killing millions of Africans, report finds

    Toxic fuel is killing millions of Africans, report finds

    Much of Africa's population is being choked by deadly fuels that are banned in Europe and the United States, a report said, as international trading firms sell high-sulfur fuels illegal elsewhere to nations on the continent. Swiss-based policy...

  • Long daytime nap ‘associated with increased diabetes risk’

    Long daytime nap ‘associated with increased diabetes risk’

    People who take long afternoon naps are more likely to have diabetes, a study suggests. Those who nap for more than an hour a day have a 45 per cent increased risk of having type 2 diabetes, researchers found. But shorter naps did not show an...

  • Smoking alters cardiac structure and function

    Smoking alters cardiac structure and function

    Active smoking and cumulative cigarette exposure were associated with subtle alterations in left ventricular structure and function in a group of elderly individuals free of overt coronary artery disease and heart failure, researchers...

  • The way you walk reflects how aggressive you are, researchers say

    Next time you notice somebody swinging their arms as they walk, you might want to consider crossing the road.  Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have found that walkers with exaggerated upper and lower body movement tended to be more...

  • Malta and LGBTIQ equality, one year on

    Malta and LGBTIQ equality, one year on

    Yesterday was the 85th anniversary of the death of Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. One year after the introduction of the Gender Identity Act, Malta has become a protagonist in the fight for the equality and...

  • Approved insect repellants can be recommended "without reservation" during pregnancy

    Approved insect repellants can be recommended "without reservation" during pregnancy

    The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends that pregnant women use the approved insect repellants - N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET) and the pyrethroid permethrin - as a key element in a multipronged approach for...

  • Rare Ferrari to grace Malta classic car event

    Rare Ferrari to grace Malta classic car event

    A rare Ferrari 250 GT SWB will be among the cars involved in the 2016 edition of the Malta Classic, being held between October 6 and 9. The 250 GT Berlinetta SWB - of which only 176 were built - was one of the most notable GT racers of its time.

  • In extreme heat, fans may not benefit some elderly

    In extreme heat, fans may  not benefit some elderly

    Elderly people who use electric fans during extreme heat may have higher heart rates and core temperatures compared to having no fan, according to a small study. For younger people, using a fan delays elevations in heart rate and core temperature...

  • Regular physical activity ‘can cancel out’ diseases caused by too much drinking

    Regular physical activity ‘can cancel out’ diseases caused by too much drinking

    Regular exercise could cancel out the risk of death from serious illnesses linked to alcohol, research has shown. A study found that moderate physical activity counteracts the “biological disease pathways” of high alcohol intake, which can lead to...

  • I have Zika, and I have more questions than answers

    I have Zika, and I have more questions than answers

    It began with what felt like a punch in the throat. I assumed it was irritation from the cigar I'd smoked on my deck that afternoon in mid-June. But the sensation hung on. Within three days, I had a 38.9 degrees Celsius fever, chills and...

  • Older but happier

    Older but happier

    There is a joke about an unusual celebration in heaven. There are rarely celebrations in heaven. The uncommon merriment is brought about by the first Maltese person entering heaven. And the rarity of that event is because Maltese are always...

  • Celebrating Żabbar’s many graces, renewing the parish spirit

    Celebrating Żabbar’s many graces, renewing the parish spirit

    In 1943, the parish of Żabbar providentially passed into the hands of Fr Joseph Zarb, a 31-year-old priest, who was considered both a dreamer and charismatic leader. In his first publication in 1947, Fr Zarb had shown the great impact Dun Xand...

  • Eyes have it: canine keratitis

    Eyes have it: canine keratitis

    This week, Jethro was brought to the clinic under protest. Jethro is a male poodle, quite elderly, but still sprightly despite his age. It was clear that Jethro did not want to be at the veterinary clinic.  What was also very obvious was that...

  • The real gym survival guide

    I have spent so many years working in gyms that I admit I honestly forgot what it’s like to be on the other side. Being a member of a gym can be a wonderful and fruitful experience and most of us will have heard about the numerous benefits it can...

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