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  • Quitting smoking wins you more friends, study finds

    Quitting smoking wins you more friends, study finds

    Some smokers fear that quitting will result in losing friends, but the opposite seems to be true, according to a new study. Smokers may worry that trying to quit will alienate them from other smokers, said coauthor Megan E. Piper of the Center for...

  • ‘Volunteering boosts mental well-being’

    Middle-aged and elderly people can boost their mental well-being by volunteering, a study suggests. But those under 40 are less likely to reap similar benefits, the authors found. Previous research has linked volunteering to mental well-being but...

  • Teens keep vaping because it is cheaper than cigarettes, study finds

    Teens keep vaping because it is cheaper than cigarettes, study finds

    Young people try electronic cigarettes out of curiosity about the devices and alluring flavors ranging from cotton candy to pizza, but keep vaping because of their low cost, according to a new study. The report published in Pediatrics found that...

  • Paying for medicines per pill could soon be a thing of the past

    Paying for medicines per pill could soon be a thing of the past

    Global pressure on health spending is forcing the $1 trillion-a-year pharmaceutical industry to look for new ways to price its products: charging based on how much they improve patients' health, rather than how many pills or vials are sold. In the...

  • Is a Mediterranean diet the secret to sanity in later life?

    Is a Mediterranean diet the secret to sanity in later life?

    Elderly people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet may benefit from better brain health and a lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new US study. "It suggests that a healthy dietary pattern and specific dietary...

  • Olympics: What's with those purple spots on Phelps' shoulders?

    Olympics: What's with those purple spots on Phelps' shoulders?

    It wasn't just Michael Phelps' big win on Sunday that had people talking about the US swimming star. It was also the dark purple circles on his shoulders. Phelps, who won the 19th Olympic gold medal of his career on Sunday and helped the U.S.

  • Using Tinder lowers your self-esteem

    Using Tinder lowers your self-esteem

    Users of online dating application Tinder experience lower self-esteem, are less satisfied with their body and report more body shaming episodes than non-users, a new study presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological...

  • 5 summer wedding outfit ideas

    Summer in Malta often means way too many wedding invitations from friends, acquaintances and family members start flowing in. By your third one you run out of all wedding-appropriate outfit options in your wardrobe. What to do then? Whether it's a...

  • Patients on social media cause ethics headache for doctors

    Patients on social media cause ethics headache for doctors

    As more and more sick patients are going online and using social media to search for answers about their health, it's raising a lot of thorny ethical questions for doctors. "The internet and ready access to vast amounts of information are now...

  • Dom Mintoff – on the centenary of his birth

    On August 6, 1916, Ċetta tax-Xiħ from the heart of Il-Bastjun, Cospicua, gave birth to her third child, her first son. It was the day of St Dominic’s demise, but the feast of Our Saviour according to the liturgical calendar. She and her husband...

  • Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    Dormition of the Blessed Virgin

    In the western Gozitan countryside, known as Id-Deżert, lying west of the Citadel of Victoria, on a rise at the edge of an inland cliff, there arose a chapel of unknown date. The chapel lay near the hamlet of Ta’ Għammar, between the village of...

  • Climax to triple anniversary year

    Climax to triple anniversary year

    As President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca arrives for the Pontifical High Mass at the Basilica of St Dominic in Valletta this morning, she will be leading the congregation in the climax of celebrations in this parish’s triple anniversary year. The...

  • New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    New Master degree shifts focus to teaching practice in schools

    Teaching is becoming a more demanding and complex undertaking and assessing learning that takes place even more so. In the midst of all the developments taking place within the profession, locally and internationally, teacher educators play a...

  • Treating Maltese limestone

    Treating Maltese limestone

    Our landscape of stone. We readily connect with the beautiful ones. Those in the historical palaces of the city, the parish churches of the older villages and those shaping the cliffs on the coast. We disconnect just as quickly however, when those...

  • Back to back

    Back to back

    I am looking at back pain again. Mainly because the latest innovation in back pain treatment is less interested in where it hurts than in which of your movement habits, built up over a lifetime, are responsible for the pain. The theory is that...

  • Myth debunked: Detoxing

    Myth debunked: Detoxing

    We all feel the aftermaths of a few days of heavy eating on junk food or the odd beer session. However, do detoxing juices and meals help in any way? No, but first of all what exactly are toxins? Toxins are the chemicals in our bodies that...

  • The dangers of sitting down

    The latest research tells us that sitting down is bad for us. People who spend more time sitting down face higher risks of adverse health reactions and premature death. If it is the actual act of sitting down that is dangerous when carried out to...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The pink iguana is only found on one of the Galápagos islands. It is one of the species Charles Darwin used as evidence for his theory of evolution and is now classified as an endangered species. Credit: Larry Moore

  • New drug could be 'game changer' in battle against asthma

    New drug could be 'game changer' in battle against asthma

    The first new asthma drug for nearly 20 years could have the power to significantly reduce the severity of the condition, researchers have found. The new drug, which has been hailed as a "game changer", could reduce the number of people who die...

  • Independent pathways connect brain and gut in irritable bowel syndrome

    Independent pathways connect brain and gut in irritable bowel syndrome

    There might be independent gut-to-brain and brain-to-gut pathways in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), researchers from Australia report. "This is an exciting time as the causes of IBS and other functional gastrointestinal disorders...

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