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  • Partners drag down each other’s efforts to reduce alcohol intake

    Partners sabotage each other’s attempts to cut down on drinking, with men worse than women, new research suggests. Drinkers struggle to reduce their alcohol intake due to their partner suggesting one more drink or encouraging them on nights out, a...

  • Prime London property prices fall nearly 7% in 2016

    Prime London property prices fall nearly 7% in 2016

    Top-end central London house prices ended 2016 nearly 7% lower compared with a year earlier, a report has found. Savills said property prices had fallen by 6.9% year-on-year in prime central London, which includes Kensington, Chelsea,...

  • Heavy drinking is linked to cardiovascular disease

    Heavy drinking is linked to cardiovascular disease

    Alcohol abuse may increase the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and other cardiac problems even in people who don’t have a family history of heart disease or other known risk factors, a study suggests. After accounting for established risk...

  • Higher dementia risk for people living near heavy traffic, researchers say

    Higher dementia risk for people living near heavy traffic, researchers say

    People who live near busy roads laden with heavy traffic face a higher risk of developing dementia than those living further away, according to researchers in Canada. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that people who lived...

  • Omega-3 fatty acids help in lowering therisk of heart failure

    Omega-3 fatty acids in fish and dietary supplements are associated with lower odds of heart disease even in higher-risk populations with elevated triglyceride or LDL cholesterol levels, a new research review suggests. The American Heart...

  • Photos worth a thousand words

    Photos worth a thousand words

    A look back: The Times Picture Annual 2016 is a brilliant testimony to the best shots captured in the moment by Allied Newspapers’ photojournalists Matthew Mirabelli, Darrin Zammit Lupi, Chris Sant Fournier, Mark Zammit Cordina and Steve Zammit...

  • Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

    Cured meats linked to worsening asthma symptoms

    Eating large amounts of cured meats was linked to worse symptoms among asthma sufferers, a French study found. That was true even after taking obesity into account, the authors say. Cured meats have been preserved and flavored by the addition of...

  • Can New Year resolutions ever work?

    Can New Year resolutions ever work?

    Women, more so than men, seem all too familiar with the New Year drill. We verbally commit to no more chocolate, to take the stairs and to rise an hour earlier to hit the gym only to find that by mid-month we lose all motivation. In fact,...

  • WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    WWI newspaper snippets from Malta during 1917

    During 1917, while World War I continued cruelly and aggressive­ly on the western and eastern fronts in mainland Europe, the atmos­phere in Malta was gene­rally calm. But the island’s inhabitants were reminded that the country was on a war footing.

  • Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    Exercise helps in ways drugs cannot

    There are various ways exercise can help us, if it is incorporated into our lifestyle on a regular basis. Even if you don’t like the idea of a gym, or have never been a sporty person, there are types of exercise you can take up to help you stay...

  • Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Dr Jogger, Happy New Year

    Stricken by guilt, and weighed down by a fully-laden stomach, I awoke Christmas morning with an unshakable urge to get out there and run. Thankfully, my subsequent efforts made short work of my shame and bloated stomach. The most interesting...

  • Hoarding: a siege mentality

    Hoarding: a siege mentality

    We all like collecting knick knacks. Small things that adorn our cabinets. What are sideboards for if not to store such mementos? We have a lifetime of collecting things that make us feel comfortable and secure. Perhaps they remind us of past...

  • If they could talk: pet resolutions

    If they could talk: pet resolutions

    This is the week when many of us take stock of the past year and draw up a list of New Year’s resolutions. But while our pets are oblivious to the fact that one year has come to an end and another is about to kick off, there are a few resolutions...

  • New year, new me?

    New year, new me?

    Well, I’m sure you haven’t read it here first, but I don’t think anyone is going to be sad to see the back of 2016. After all, not only has this year brought with it the deaths of much loved actors of stage and screen, but it was also the year...

  • Universities of Malta, Palermo collaborate on research for prevention of balding and treatment for pet tumours

    The University of Malta announced its ongoing research in collaboration with the University of Palermo in the fields of baldness and cancer immunotherapy for pets. Researchers, headed by Prof. Pierre Schembri-Wismayer, are developing a therapeutic...

  • Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help care for grandchildren live longer than other seniors

    Grandparents who help out occasionally with childcare or provide support to others in their community tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, according to a study from Berlin, Germany. Having full-time custody of...

  • Myth debunked: Doing away with Christmas myths

    Myth debunked: Doing away with Christmas myths

    While Christmas is over, myths regarding Christmas (Xmas?) still float around during the festive season. We are eager to dispel such myths. If you believe in Father Christmas, let this warning act as a spoiler alert! Jesus was born on December 25.

  • So long, thanks for all the fish!

    So long, thanks for all the fish!

    It is that time of the year again, for brief introspection and a long list of unattainable resolutions. In this vein, we would like to review the weekly science tidbits 2016 brought to you through this page. We have had a fair bit of physics pieces.

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    ‘Premature baby receiving light therapy’ by David Bishop at the Royal Free Hospital. This newborn baby was born prematurely and has jaundice, a common condition that turns the skin and eyes yellow. The baby is being treated by being placed under...

  • Shedding light on a 10,000-hour labour of love

    Shedding light on a 10,000-hour labour of love

    Projected on the façade of the Grandmaster’s Palace, A Tale of Strings took over 10,000 hours to complete. Marija Schranz goes behind-the-scenes. The Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta has been given a Christmas makeover thanks to Mcast students who...

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