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  • ‘Please have your symptoms ready…

    ‘Please have your symptoms ready…

    …to save the doctor’s time.” So read a notice in a family doctor’s waiting room. The considerate patient knows that the art of medicine is for the doctor and not the patient, of course. The doctor must elicit symptoms and mentally arrange them in...

  • Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta - a Mother to all

    Mother Teresa was called a living saint. Today, 19 years after her death, she will hold the title officially. Two prominent Maltese priests recall with tenderness their encounters with her. Former Jesuit provincial Fr Paul Chetcuti spoke to Ronald...

  • Standing is the new sitting

    Standing is the new sitting

    Last week I touched on the benefits of standing at your desk. To expand on that prospect, it seems that sitting has been recognised as the new health hazard. It has even been stated that sitting is the ‘new smoking’ in terms of health hazards. It...

  • Senglea – a gem enclosed by spectacular bastions

    Senglea – a gem enclosed by spectacular bastions

    During the years 1523-1530, the Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of St John were in search of a new home, since in December 1522 they had forced to surrender Rhodes to the Ottomans following a six-month-long siege. By a decree dated March...

  • Go on, ride the waves

    Go on, ride the waves

    With another Olympic flame extinguished, we Maltese are once again left wondering if even the smallest spark of podium glory could ever ignite for us. Which sport will yield Malta’s first ever Olympic medal, and when? What sort of national pride...

  • Myth debunked: Do fans cool our homes?

    Myth debunked: Do fans cool our homes?

    How do fans work and do they make our rooms any cooler? No, fans simply make us feel cooler since they are moving the same air over our skin. In fact, if the room is closed the fan may actually raise the room temperature but only very slightly.

  • Will driverless vehicles be the key to the future of transport?

    Will driverless vehicles be the key to the future of transport?

    We are still along way off from the computer controlled highways of the classic 2004 iRobot film. However, the first steps toward a not too dissimilar reality may not be that far away. In 2012 Google had already crossed the half a million...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The future of autonomous cars is not yet known but they may one day make that time spent on the trip to the office much more useful. This would revolutionise the way people work and make remote working much more important. On the other hand it may...

  • Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss for kids

    Laser pointers can cause irreversible vision loss for kids

    Used incorrectly, laser pointers can damage the retina of the eye and may cause some irreversible vision loss, according to researchers who treated four boys for these injuries. Doctors, teachers and parents should be aware that this can happen,...

  • Balancing benefits and risks

    Balancing benefits and risks

    Women taking combined hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer than non-users, and the risk may increase with longer use, a study published in the British Journal of Cancer has found. Those taking...

  • Migrants lured by sex into Egypt's backstreet kidney trade, says report

    Migrants lured by sex into Egypt's backstreet kidney trade, says report

    Brokers in Egypt's underground trade in human body parts use prostitutes to tempt migrants to sell their kidneys as hospitals turn a blind eye to illicit dealing in donated organs for transplants, a report says. Undocumented African migrants...

  • Reformed gangster on adventure challenge with Sir Richard Branson

    Reformed gangster on adventure challenge with Sir Richard Branson

    A former gang leader is joining Sir Richard Branson on a hiking, swimming and cycling challenge from Switzerland to Sicily. Karl Lokko, 26, left the gang scene in Brixton, south London, five years ago and now devotes his time to helping young...

  • Opening the door to an English language teaching career

    Opening the door to an English language teaching career

    Attending the internationally-recognised CELTA teacher training course at IELS Malta gives you an all-access pass to teaching English anywhere in the world. The CELTA is a level 5 qualification designed for those with little or no English language...

  • Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes for first time

    Florida finds Zika in trapped mosquitoes for first time

    Authorities in Florida have found the Zika virus in three groups of trapped mosquitoes in Miami Beach, the first time this has happened in the continental United States. The Zika-carrying mosquitoes were trapped in a 1.5-square-mile area of Miami...

  • Late dinners can cause heart attacks, doctors warn

    Late dinners can cause heart attacks, doctors warn

    Eating meals late at night is putting millions in danger of suffering heart attacks, doctors have warned. Having dinner within two hours of going to bed can leave the body on "high alert" and mean blood pressure does not fall properly overnight,...

  • Italian couple find love at IELS in Gozo

    Italian couple find love at IELS in Gozo

    They say learning a new language can open new doors. For Emanuele Carloni, owner of the Maldorado Bistro in Victoria, Gozo, an English-language course at IELS, Gozo changed his life forever – and not just thanks to his improved fluency in...

  • Caritas gets €4000 donation from Planning Authority

    Caritas gets €4000 donation from Planning Authority

    The Planning Authority has donated €4000 to Caritas, having raised the funds from entrance fees of two educational initiatives held earlier this year. Fees from the monthly Educational Sunday Biodiversity and Heritage Planning Tours and the...

  • How to make a healthy peach, plum and pear smoothie

    How to make a healthy peach, plum and pear smoothie

    This smoothie is simple to prepare, tastes divine and is packed full of nutritional goodness. It is an ideal snack to have in between meals and keeps you feeling full and energised. The ingredients that you will need are:1/2 a carrot – these...

  • Vodafone pushes into home internet market

    Vodafone pushes into home internet market

    Vodafone Malta is introducing fixed internet and telephony for homes and offices, the company has announced.  The package enables customers to benefit from free unlimited calls to all local landlines and Vodafone mobile numbers. Customers may also...

  • Statins can work like viagra, researchers say

    Statins can work like viagra, researchers say

    Statins taken to reduce cholesterol can give men a boost in the bedroom by improving erections, researchers have found. The drugs, used by around eight million people in Britain every day to help reduce the potential for heart disease, was found...

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