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  • St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    St Paul’s voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

    This week in our churches we will be celebrating the feast of St Paul’s shipwreck. As usual, the Mass readings will be chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 27 is all about the voyage and shipwreck, and many researchers refer to...

  • Do you need a knee replacement?

    Do you need a knee replacement?

    I have been a runner for most of my life and, as would be expected, I am now experiencing a knee problem. It appears from an X-ray that there is no bone issue, so it must be soft tissue. The knee is a very complex part of our body and each...

  • Fight fat in five: fact or fiction?

    It’s been a while since I thumbed through a fitness publication by a newsagent magazine rack. Not that it really matters in fact, because the headlines don’t seem to have changed all that much over the years. It seems there really is no sense in...

  • More women land top jobs

    More women land top jobs

    Women have conquered the working world and are increasingly found in senior positions. Three smart women entrepreneurs tell Simonne Pace their journey to the top has given them both the personal and career satisfaction they were looking for. For...

  • Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    Myth debunked: Intelligence means consciousness

    The main thing AI is known for is intelligence, but due to miscommunication and misunderstanding, many feel that it results in the development of a consciousness. However, this is far from the truth. Roman Yampolskiy, director of the CyberSecurity...

  • The three pairs of shoes you need in your arsenal

    The three pairs of shoes  you need in your arsenal

    If ever there was an Achilles heel devised specifically for women, I’m pretty certain it would be shoes. Apart from the varieties of styles and colours that you can get them in, you have the added advantage that even if you gain weight, your feet...

  • The speech age

    The speech age

    Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to training speech recognition systems that does not depend on transcriptions – as is the current model. Instead, their system analyses correspondences between images and spoken descriptions of...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of  the Week

    When you hear a sound you perceive vibrations in the air produced by the sound’s source. Millions of hair cells (pictured in green) lining the inner ear detect these vibrations. Each cell has tiny hair-like projections that vibrate along with the...

  • Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk - study

    Kids with asthma may have higher obesity risk - study

    Young children with asthma may be more likely to become obese by adolescence than their peers who don't have asthma, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 2,171 non-obese children in kindergarten and first grade and found they were 51...

  • WHO wants global focus on catching cancer early

    WHO wants global focus on catching cancer early

    Late diagnosis of cancer leads to millions of people enduring needless suffering and premature death, and efforts to catch the disease earlier must be stepped up, the World Health Organization said. In a report launched ahead of World Cancer Day,...

  • 'Heading' in football may lead to concussion symptoms

    'Heading' in football may lead to concussion symptoms

    Purposely "heading" a football ball may lead to concussion symptoms despite research suggesting those issues mainly arise from accidental knocks to the head, according to a new study. While amateur football players were at an increased risk of...

  • Genetic profile can guide treatment for some kids with leukemia

    Genetic profile can guide treatment for some kids with leukemia

    Certain children with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL) and GATA1 mutations may benefit from allogeneic stem cell transplants (SCT), according to a new study. "Historically, long-term survival for pediatric AMKL patients without Down syndrome...

  • Sleep tied to sexual activity and satisfaction among older women

    Sleep tied to sexual activity and satisfaction among older women

    Older women who sleep well at night are more likely to have satisfying sex lives, a study suggests. Post-menopausal women reported less sexual activity and less sexual satisfaction if they also had trouble sleeping through the night, researchers...

  • Piercing the wall of silence

    Piercing the wall of silence

    Four “locked-in” patients unable to speak, move or blink have reported they are “happy” after a successful attempt was made to read their thoughts. The extraordinary discovery was made during a groundbreaking experiment aimed at piercing the wall...

  • Brain games linked to delayed cognitive decline in the elderly

    Older people who engage in mentally stimulating activities later in life may have a lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment than their peers who don’t challenge their minds, a study suggests. For adults 70 and older without cognitive...

  • Conjunctival tumours in children nearly always benign

    Conjunctival tumours in children nearly always benign

    Conjunctival tumours in children are nearly always benign, but several features differentiate melanoma from nevus and lymphoma from benign reactive lymphoid hyperplasia (BRLH), researchers say. In a report in JAMA Ophthalmology, Dr Carol L.

  • Exposure to violence tied to risk of teen gun possession

    Exposure to violence tied to risk of teen gun possession

    Adolescents with criminal records may be more likely to carry guns if they have witnessed or experienced violence, a US study suggests. Plenty of previous research has linked gun use among young people to the availability and visibility of weapons...

  • Corinthia Palace Hotel chefs win top prizes at prestigious UK awards

    Corinthia Palace Hotel chefs win top prizes at prestigious UK awards

    The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa's kitchen brigade has scooped up 16 awards including four gold medals at one of the UK's most prestigious chef competitions.  Six chefs and two mentors took on other top chefs at the International Salon Culinaire,...

  • Brain games linked to delayed cognitive decline in elderly

    Brain games linked to delayed cognitive decline in elderly

    Older people who engage in mentally stimulating activities later in life may have a lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment than their peers who don't challenge their minds, a study suggests. For adults 70 and older without cognitive...

  • Mosquitoes in Africa may be growing resistant to anti-malarial drug

    Mosquitoes in Africa may be growing resistant to anti-malarial drug

    A drug widely used to cure malaria has failed for the first time in patients being treated in Britain, raising questions over whether the parasite is becoming resistant to drugs, researchers said today. Four patients who contracted malaria in...

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