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  • US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    US surgeons separate Nigerian conjoined twins

    12-month-old twin girls Miracle and Testimony Ayeni, who were born fused together at the lower half of their bodies, are separated after an 18-hour operation in Memphis. See video above.

  • One billion people suffer from high blood pressure

    One billion people suffer  from high blood pressure

    The number of people with high blood pressure has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists said yesterday, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing...

  • ‘Heredity is not destiny’ when it comes to heart attacks – study

    If heredity puts you at higher risk for a heart attack, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can bring that risk down, below the risk faced by some people whose genes would normally protect them from heart disease, according to an analysis of more than...

  • Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    Beer meets oak casks as barley wine hits local market

    To discerning drinkers, oak casks are synonymous with wine, cognac and whiskey.  But the sight of wooden casks in craft breweries is becoming more commonplace, with brewers keen to impart earthy aromas and smooth the taste of some of their choice...

  • Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    Are you among the 1 billion people suffering from hypertension?

    The number of people with hypertension has almost doubled in 40 years to over 1.1 billion worldwide, scientists have said, with the burden of the condition shifting from the rich to the poor. In the largest study of its kind analysing blood...

  • Watch: Pink catwalk showcases the season’s top fashion trends

    Watch: Pink catwalk showcases the season’s top fashion trends

    The season’s top trends were showcased yesterday to live baroque and classical music at The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event held at the Manoel Theatre in Valletta. An established and sought-after event on the local catwalk calendar, the...

  • The Manoel Theatre becomes a catwalk tonight

    The Manoel Theatre becomes a catwalk tonight

    The Manoel Theatre is being transformed to host The Pink Fashion Show, a Times of Malta event, this evening, where 30 models are busy getting ready to showcase the top brands in a unique setting that is not accustomed to this scene. The backstage...

  • Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia, Alzheimer's are leading cause of death in UK for first time

    Dementia and Alzheimer's disease has become the leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time, new figures show. An ageing population and better diagnosis of the condition has led to dementia and Alzheimer's knocking ischaemic...

  • Weekend shake-up

    Weekend shake-up

    The daily grind getting just a little bit too much to handle? Had it up to here with traffic jams and work quandaries? Need to get away from it all? Some of these questions are just the sort that prompt us to consider taking holidays in the hope...

  • Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Anthony Buhagiar – a lifetime’s service with the Royal Navy

    Born at Vittoriosa on March 7, 1915, Anthony Buhagiar was one of eight siblings. His father Lorenzo was a Malta Dockyard engineer and Buhagiar was encouraged to join the firm. But the young man was drawn to the sea. On his father’s demise he tried...

  • Let food be your medicine

    Let food be your medicine

    Once again I am looking at the effect of food on the body. Never forget what Hippocrates said: “Let food be your medicine.” Eating nuts is good for us. Forget the issue that they could increase your weight. I never met anyone who found themselves...

  • Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    Experimental study by Maltese physiotherapist sheds light on ice bag application to ankle injury

    A dissertation entitled ‘An investigation into the skin surface temperature changes using ice bag application and local immersion technique at the ankle’ – by Marco Vella – was chosen to be presented at this year’s fourth edition of the European...

  • Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Brain plasticity: are we too old to recover from stroke?

    Although we think that the adult brain remains formed and static, we are finding that the brain changes and heals itself. Even early psychologists like William James (1890) argued that our brain is flexible and changing when he wrote The...

  • Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    Myth debunked: Electrical safety myths

    We all use electricity, but not all of us really understand it. As useful as it is, it is equally dangerous, as it can kill or injure. This danger, coupled with common myths about it, is very troubling. So let’s go ahead with some shockers! Myth:...

  • Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Pharmaceutical mirrors

    Just before stepping through the mirror in Lewis Carroll’s novel Through the Looking Glass, Alice stops to ponder if ‘looking-glass milk’ will be good for the cat. Mirror image forms are as serious a business for today’s medicine researchers as it...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The Enterprise Bridge spans a dried up section of Lake Oroville in California, as the US state suffers a drought for the third year running.

  • Customer without the care

    Customer without the care

    You know that ubiquitous phrase which states that the customer is always right? Well, it would appear that when it comes to customer care in Malta, we not only failed to get the memo, but we actually threw it out with the daily rubbish. While many...

  • Bird flu hits Europe

    Bird flu hits Europe

    Several European countries have reported outbreaks of a severe strain of bird flu, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, while France raised safety checks to counter the virus which can have a major impact on farmers. OIE said...

  • Measles ‘kills 400 children a day’

    The number of deaths from measles has fallen by 79 per cent worldwide since 2000, thanks mainly to mass vaccination campaigns, but nearly 400 children still die from the disease every day, global health experts said. In a report on global efforts...

  • Maltese quality never smelt so good

    Maltese quality never smelt so good

    A range of locally-produced cosmetics, fragrances and hand-balm candles will be among the items on display at this weekend's Kwalita Malta event at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre, Ta Qali. Gozitan entrepreneur and aromatherapist Stephen...

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