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  • Helping the extremely poor

    Helping the extremely poor

    The Oħloq tbissima marathon, in aid of the Missionary Society of St Paul in Peru, Pakistan and the Philippines, kicks off today for 60 hours of non-stop activities at St Joseph Home in Santa Venera. Funds collected will also go towards the...

  • Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    Zika outbreak will end in 2 or 3 years, scientists predict

    The Zika outbreak rampaging through Latin America will likely burn itself out in the next two to three years, based on the fact that people develop immunity to the virus after an initial infection, British scientists have said. The researchers,...

  • Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    Healthy pasta recipes that won't blow up your waistline

    The best thing about all of these positive pasta vibes is that it’s a fantastically convenient and versatile ingredient to cook with. But be careful!DW Fitness Clubs personal trainer and expert nutritionist Carly Tierney said many people let...

  • Soft drinks linked to gallbladder cancer

    Soft drinks linked to gallbladder cancer

    People who drink lots of soda or other sugary drinks may have a higher risk of developing rare biliary tract cancers, particularly gallbladder cancer, according to a new study. The causes of biliary tract and gallbladder tumors are mostly unknown,...

  • How to study abroad without breaking the bank

    How to study abroad without breaking the bank

    Going to university in another country can bring some solid advantages, letting students tap into foreign cultures or experience a different approach to learning. It also looks great to prospective employers on a CV. The downside is that for...

  • Is pasta really the weight-loss food you’ve been looking for?

    Is pasta really the weight-loss food you’ve been looking for?

    If you were compiling a list of the best weight-loss foods to add to your diet, you’d be forgiven for omitting pasta.We’re forever being told that in order to shed pounds, we need to be cutting right back on complex carbohydrates. However, a new...

  • Sustainable growth in ICT skills

    Sustainable growth in ICT skills

    As a nation we must start to think 10 years ahead and not just a few years, in order to stay in the ICT leading pack, Carm Cachia, executive coordinator at the eSkills Malta Foundation, says. When was the eSkills Malta Foundation set up and with...

  • Chemicals in pomegranate hold key to youthful ageing

    Chemicals in pomegranate hold key to youthful ageing

    It may not make you immortal, but a ruby-red superfruit revered in ancient times as “food of the gods” could hold the key to youthful ageing. The pomegranate contains a chemical that combats a fundamental ageing process which causes muscles to...

  • Nurse, mother describes her US arrest as ‘the work of God’

    Nurse, mother describes her US arrest as ‘the work of God’

    The black woman in the photograph stands in calm protest, her long dress fluttering in the breeze as two policemen clad in the heavy black padding and helmets of riot gear rush to remove her from the middle of a street in Baton Rouge,...

  • E-cigarettes drive increase in adoloscent tobacco use

    E-cigarettes drive increase in adoloscent tobacco use

    The proliferation of e-cigarettes has reversed the declining trend of tobacco use among adolescents, according to data from the Southern California Children’s Health Study (CHS). “We used data that we’d collected over the past 20 years to...

  • Thumb-suckers and nail-biters less likely to have allergies

    Thumb-suckers and nail-biters less likely to have allergies

    Children who suck their thumbs or bite their nails are less likely than others to have allergies later, according to a new study. According to the "hygiene hypothesis," early life exposure to microbes may decrease the risk of developing allergies,...

  • One in eight women have trouble getting pregnant

    One in eight women have trouble getting pregnant

    One in every eight women and one in every ten men have experienced infertility at some stage in their lives, according to a UK study. Infertility was defined as having spent more than one year trying unsuccessfully to conceive.  Among participants...

  • ‘Psychologically prepare parents to bond with child’

    ‘Psychologically prepare parents to bond with child’

    Parents should be prepared both physically and psychologically on how to bond with their children even before birth, according to a consultant psychiatrist “We need to invest in infant psychiatry, which involves working with mothers even before...

  • Too much internet ‘could damage immune system’

    Too much internet ‘could damage immune system’

    Spending too much time on the internet could damage your immune system, a study has found. Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Science found that people who have greater levels of internet addiction catch more colds and flu bugs than...

  • Unfit people ‘have most to gain from higher activity levels’

    Unfit people ‘have most to gain from higher activity levels’

    People who are unfit and feeble stand to gain the most from physical exercise, research has shown. Scientists looked at the benefits of physical activity such as increased lifespan and reduced heart disease risk in a group of almost 500,000 study...

  • Appealing to the other senses

    Appealing to the other senses

    “I found this place to be very stimulating. The centre provides me with a place where I can enjoy drama, music and discussions. It has changed my outlook on life,” says a man who frequents the Spero centre. Spero is a training centre for the blind.

  • The epic air battle of Malta

    The epic air battle of Malta

    Just like the Great Siege of 1565, the epic air battle of Malta during World War II is recorded in the annals of history as the turning point of the war in the Mediterranean, if not of the war in North Africa, followed by that in Europe. The...

  • Dun Pawl Micallef – a meritorious, saintly priest

    Dun Pawl Micallef – a meritorious, saintly priest

    This year, Gozo’s Sacred Heart Seminary is commemorating its 150th anniversary. The immense influence of this seminary in the educational, religious and cultural fields during these years cannot be fathomed. Two Presidents, a Prime Minister and a...

  • When the doctor is a dog

    When the doctor is a dog

    Some years ago in the UK, I observed a new notice installed on the door to the operating theatre which read ‘Dogs operate here’. I met the administrator who, though not a medical doctor or surgeon, called himself ‘director of operations', and...

  • Myth debunked: Summer health myths

    You can’t get a sunburn on a cloudy day: Ultraviolet (UV) rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that have a shorter wavelength than visible light, similar to microwaves and X-rays. The sun is the main source of UV rays on earth with more...

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