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  • Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Works by artists leave clues to brain disease

    Brushstrokes of the likes of Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso shine light on how degenerative illness can be spotted years before life-changing symptoms Some of the most famous artists in history may have left subtle clues to brain disease in their...

  • Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Smoking during pregnancy linked to children with kidney damage - study

    Women who smoke during pregnancy may be more likely to have children with kidney damage than mothers who steer clear of cigarettes, a study suggests. Smoking during pregnancy has long been linked to preterm and underweight babies and a wide range...

  • After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    After US states legalised medical marijuana, traffic deaths fell

    Legalisation of medical marijuana is not linked with increased traffic fatalities, a new study finds. In some states, in fact, the number of people killed in traffic accidents dropped after medical marijuana laws were enacted. "Instead of seeing...

  • 12 years after Asia tsunami, 400 bodies unidentified in Thailand

    12 years after Asia tsunami, 400 bodies unidentified in Thailand

    At least 400 victims of Asia’s 2004 tsunami that killed 226,000 people remain unidentified in Thailand 12 years on, police said yesterday. The 9.15 magnitude December 26 earthquake triggered a tsunami across the Indian Ocean in one of the biggest...

  • Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Being a single dad can be hazardous to your health

    Single dads are twice as likely to report poor physical and mental health as fathers with partners, according to a new Canadian study. In addition, solo fathers experience the same stress and strain as single mothers, which is likely related to...

  • Remembering Wyndham Grech, lawyer and Malta’s pioneer pilot

    Remembering Wyndham Grech,  lawyer and Malta’s pioneer pilot

    The year 2016 marks two related anniversaries: the first is the centenary of the first Maltese to register as a pilot and fly in the Royal Flying Corps, and the second, the death of that pilot, Squadron leader Wyndham Grech, 60 years ago. Grech’s...

  • Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    Lifestyle changes for the New Year

    As the New Year’s resolutions are usually forgotten by the end of January, here are some lifestyle changes, which, if incorporated into your 2017 lifestyle, will help you feel healthier by the end of the year. I stress, they are not a resolution,...

  • Sanctuary law in Malta

    Sanctuary law in Malta

    In the past, churches and chapels were places of refuge where wrongdoers could seek sanctuary from arrest. This idea had its roots in recorded references in the Old Testament to people seeking sanctuary at the altar of temples. By around the...

  • Shining a light on life’s grey areas

    Shining a light on life’s grey areas

    While the Church takes clear-cut positions on a number of moral issues, such as the moment when life begins, and that intentional abortion is wrong, there are many grey areas where Christians must take decisions based on the scientific information...

  • WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    WHO joins team for 2017 eHealth Week in Malta

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Europe will be contributing to the programme of eHealth Week in May 2017. The event, organised by the Maltese Ministry for Health – as part of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the...

  • Ode to a comfortable Christmas

    Ode to a comfortable Christmas

    If you’re like me, you probably left your Christmas Eve party in the early hours of the morning, which means that when you eventually stumble blindly out of bed today, on Christmas Day, you’re going to have a hangover as big as the Himalayas and...

  • Myth debunked: The White Christmas myth

    Myth debunked: The White Christmas myth

    Most people would bet their house on this one: the sky is blue and snow is white. Right? Well, not quite. Water in pure form is clear and snowflakes are just a collection of ice crystals formed from frozen water. So what’s going on? The way we see...

  • The Einsteinian Santa Claus

    The Einsteinian Santa Claus

    How does Santa Claus slide down so many chimneys, deliver presents to 700 million children in one single night, without being seen or heard? This mystery has now been solved by a physicist at the University of Exeter, Dr Kathy Sheen, who used...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of  the week

    The world’s largest Christmas tree is found in Rio de Janeiro. The Christmas tree here is unusual in that it isn’t grounded. In fact, this wonder floats on the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon. Illuminated by 2.5 million lights, this gorgeous tree holds...

  • Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

    Regular use of pain relievers over many years may increase the risk of hearing loss, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed long-term data on almost 56,000 US women and found using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like naproxen...

  • Couples bloom on Christmas Eve – study

    Couples  bloom on  Christmas Eve – study

    A recent survey of 10,000 people shows that 31 per cent of people think that Christmas Eve is the most romantic day of the year to propose, followed by New Year’s Eve, that is  preferred by 19 per cent. These figures chime with  the surge in...

  • A gathering to remember

    A gathering to remember

    People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas lunch or dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls and...

  • Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Watch: Warning issued as e-cigarette battery explodes in man's pocket

    Fire crews have released CCTV footage of the moment an e-cigarette battery exploded in the user's pocket - inches from a baby's pram. Images captured inside the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds show the man casually unaware of the plume of smoke...

  • Children's choir adds to the festive spirit at the Intercontinental

    A children's choir is singing a series of carols in the lobby of Intercontinental hotel every evening this week all the way to Christmas Eve.  Led by Tiziana Calleja, the CentreSTAGE choir is adding to the festive fun by singing seasonal classics...

  • It's Bella Italia at the Corinthia this New Year's Eve

    It's Bella Italia at the Corinthia this New Year's Eve

    New Year's Eve will take a glamorous turn at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa this year as the That's Amore! spectacular takes a leaf from 1950s Italy. Following last year’s sell-out success, That’s Amore! guests will be dazzled by live...

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