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  • Depression could be linked to a single gene

    Depression could be linked to a single gene

    A gene has been linked to the mental illness which impacts over 300 million people across the globe, according to The Independent.  In a recent study, the genetic makeup of almost 2,000 people in an isolated village in the south west Netherlands...

  • Should I trust my diagnosis?

    Should I trust my diagnosis?

    New research has shown that over 20 percent of patients discover their initial diagnosis to be inaccurate when sent for a second opinion, according to The Guardian. This worrying study in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice bares...

  • Longer night sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds

    Longer night sleep tied to worse breast cancer survival odds

    Women with breast cancer who sleep at least nine hours a night may be more likely to die from their disease than patients who get just eight hours of rest, a study suggests. Compared to women sleeping eight hours a night, women who slept at least...

  • Growing on trees

    Growing on trees

    Childhood memories simmered and then bubbled in my mind as a coppery coloured karamella melted in my mouth. Its distinct luscious taste reminded me of the sheer relief and delight I felt as a child when this carob caramel delicacy was the only...

  • We were watching Luftwaffe planes... when a bomb fell right where we were

    We were watching Luftwaffe planes... when a bomb fell right where we were

    The bombs that fell on the Mosta Dome during World War II missed some boys by mere metres – because Frankie Calleja and his friends were up in the church belfry watching dogfights at the time, he tells Jennifer Grech on the 75th anniversary of the...

  • Mobility-challenged pets

    Mobility-challenged pets

    This week, Fulu was welcomed by his new family in Germany. Fulu is an eight-month-old Pharaoh Hound puppy. A couple of months ago, Fulu was hit by a passing car. The damage caused to his spine was irreparable and he was left paralysed from the...

  • Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    Maritime ex-voto paintings: linking seafaring and faith

    In Malta, as in other coastal cultures, mari­time man does not rely on technological knowhow alone. He has also set up a mechanism of a different kind, believing in a sanctified order in which the Lord is a refuge from sea stroms, with the saints...

  • Gym training for kids and youths

    They’ve long been fascinating places, gyms. You see all sorts. The good, the bad and the ugly of human interactions from one-upsmanship to the intricacies of romantic pair bonding. Most gyms were distinctly adult domains for many years, but the...

  • Gozitan athlete to run London Marathon for cystic fibrosis

    Gozitan athlete to run London Marathon for cystic fibrosis

    Gozitan athlete Agnes Mizzi, together with fellow Maltese runners Josette Portelli, Bernard Farrugia and Claudine Zerafa, will be running the London Marathon on April 23 to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The four athletes will be...

  • Malta joins global Unite for Parkinson’s campaign

    Malta will be joining the rest of the world to mark World Parkinson’s Day on Tuesday. Two members of the Malta Parkinson’s Disease Association diagnosed with Parkinson’s share their story with Simonne Pace in a bid to spread more awareness about...

  • Damned lies?

    Damned lies?

    In the issue of February 26, we gave an example to illustrate Simpson’s Paradox. The data in  the table shows that 70 per cent of students from one school, St Giles, passed their SEC exams, while 60 per cent of students from another school, St...

  • My clothes aren’t my consent

    My clothes aren’t my consent

    I’m angry. No. I’m positively fuming. I’m so outraged and frustrated by what I’ve just heard two young women say that I’m sorely tempted to sear my ears shut with a red-hot poker. I was milling around a shop floor looking for something to wear to...

  • The birthday paradox

    The birthday paradox

    How many people should there be in a group so that the probability of at least two of them having the same birthday (that is, they were born in the same month and on the same day) is at least 50 per cent? Perhaps an immediate guess would be half...

  • Explore, think, imagine

    Preparations are well under way to ensure that children have an exciting Easter. But what about activities for adults? Esplora comes up with some fun experiments involving science to try out… Do you know you can use vinegar to make eggs bouncy?...

  • A flower shower for springtime

    A flower shower for springtime

    To welcome springtime, Parfois brings us a collection – Flower Shower – which celebrates this season, where flowers and petals are in the spotlight. With suede and leather cords and fabrics such as velvet, this is a versatile and multifunctional...

  • New Valletta shopping destination

    Sunglass + Sunglass is a premier shopping destination managed by a trusted team at Vision Opticians, featuring top brands, latest trends and high-quality fashion and performance sunglasses. The outlet in Republic Street, Valletta will also offer...

  • New contact lens for perfect wear experience

    New contact lens for perfect wear experience

    New AirOptix plus Hydraglyde contact lenses offer the perfect lens wear experience. Made with Alcon’s SmartShield and HydraGlyde technologies, these advanced lenses have an ultra-thin protective layer that keeps them constantly hydrated for better...

  • Ultimate timeless accessory

    Ultimate timeless accessory

    Coach Eau de Parfum takes its inspiration fr]om the brand’s iconic codes in an olfactory interpretation of modern luxury rooted in the cool, urban ambience of New York. Like the brand’s leather creations, it is the ultimate timeless accessory. A...

  • Red Bull Beat It dance competition in Malta

    Red Bull Beat It dance competition in Malta

    Red Bull Beat It is a revolutionary street-dance contest in which anyone, regardless of their dance ability and style, can take part. The concept is simple. There are no required techniques for participants and dancing is not limited to any...

  • 35 years of changing lives

    35 years of changing lives

    For the past 35 years Dermablend by Vichy Laboratoires has provided the ideal coverage for most complexion flaws – from redness and dark circles to uneven complexions, vitiligo, hyper-pigmentation and even scars. It also effectively covers up...

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