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  • Tom trumpets jazz festival

    Tom trumpets jazz festival

    Award-winning jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell performs during the Malta Jazz Festival at Ta’ Liesse in Valletta. The three-day festival comes to a close this evening with the Joseph Camilleri Trio, Francesca Galea Quintet, the Brecker Brother Band...

  • Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Inhalers ‘stunt growth’

    Corticosteroid drugs given via inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, according to two systematic reviews of scientific studies on the issue. Health experts who conducted the review and published it in The Cochrane Library...

  • Gene therapy creates ‘biological pacemakers’

    Scientists have used a gene therapy technique to create “biological pacemakers” from the heart’s own cells. The procedure, tested on pigs, could be ready for human trials in three years. In future, it could help infants born with heart block – a...

  • Montreux gets soulful

    Montreux gets soulful

    Motown legend Stevie Wonder gave a soulful two-hour concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, blending his hits with covers of the Beatles and Michael Jackson for an audience that included producer Quincy Jones. The African-American singer and...

  • Ron Howard to direct documentary on the Beatles

    Oscar-winning director Ron Howard said he will produce and direct an authorised feature-length documentary about the Beatles, covering the Fab Four touring years from 1960 to 1966. The as-yet-untitled film will be made with the cooperation of Paul...

  • Classic wine festival at Valletta gardens

    Classic wine festival at Valletta gardens

    In just under four weeks’ time, the popular Delicata Classic Wine Festival will get under way at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, for the 13th year running. Delicata is currently running a competition on its Facebook page...

  • EU spending on wine questioned

    A recent report published by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that the need for an investment measure specific to the wine sector is not justified, as such support already exists under the EU rural development policy. The auditors...

  • Sardines paté

    Sardines paté

    Ingredients100g fresh or tinned sardinesflour for dusting Juice of half a lemonParsley2 tbsps soft cheeseBread roll, sliced thinlyOil for frying Method Clean the sardines and fillet. Dust in flour and fry until golden brown. Do not fry if using...

  • Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress, depression affect how the body processes fat

    Stress and depression have long been linked with a heightened risk of weight gain, but a new study sheds light on how those mental states may alter the way the body processes fatty foods. Compared to women without stress in the study, stressed-out...

  • Farsons introduce Kinnie Vita

    Farsons introduce Kinnie Vita

    Farsons have launched a new variant of the popular Kinnie soft drink, Kinnie Vita. It said it offers the same great Kinnie taste with a tangy orange twist, with the added benefits of only half the sugar and calories of a regular soft drink. There...

  • Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Under 40s could be at risk from high cholesterol

    Research in the UK shows that 62 per cent of people under 40 have never had a cholesterol test, with only one in 10 saying they have asked their doctor to test them for high cholesterol. Furthermore, almost 40 per cent have never looked into...

  • Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Mild injury 'causes brain damage'

    Even a slight bang on the head – for instance after falling off a bicycle – can cause brain damage affecting thinking and memory, research has shown. Scientists compared 53 people who had suffered mild or moderate head injuries several days...

  • Arthritis drug hope for Alzheimer’s

    A drug commonly used to treat arthritis could potentially slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, an academic study has found. Scientists at the University of Southampton conducted a small control study with a group of 41 patients exhibiting...

  • Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers 'can stunt growth'

    Asthma inhalers can stunt the growth of children, research has shown. During the first year of treatment, the widely used remedies cut growth rates by about half a centimetre, said scientists. But they and other experts stressed that slight loss...

  • Floored Rocky show throws in the towel

    Floored Rocky show throws in the towel

    Broadway musical Rocky is hanging up its gloves after being battered at the box office. Producers said the show would play its final performance at the Winter Garden Theatre on August 17, after playing 28 previews and 188 regular...

  • Ben Affleck delights children at party

    Ben Affleck delights children at party

    Ben Affleck and his actress wife Jennifer Garner stopped off at Detroit Kid City in Southfield, Michigan, and asked if they and their two-year-old son Samuel could join the fun. The actor who plays the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman v...

  • Lamb koftas

    Lamb koftas

    Ingredients150 minced lamb shoulder5g garlic, crushed5g ginger, minced10g coriander, chopped5g cumin, ground5g curry powder20ml natural yoghurt Method Place the mince and fresh ingredients in a bowl. Toast the dried spices under a grill or in a...

  • Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

    Marvel unveils Thor as a woman

    Comic book superhero character Thor, who first appeared in 1962 and is based on the Norse hammer-wielding god, will now be a woman, publisher Marvel Comics said. The publisher said the female Thor is an effort to bring new readers and to appeal to...

  • ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    ‘Pre-diabetes’ label ‘worthless’

    Telling people they have borderline diabetes has no medical value, researchers have said. A recent study estimated that more than a third of adults in the UK now have borderline diabetes, also known as pre-diabetes. The research, published in the...

  • Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Exercise ‘may cut dementia risk’

    Simple lifestyle changes such as taking more exercise and improving diet may protect against dementia in at-risk older adults, research suggests. Scientists studied the effects of healthier living in 1,260 men and women aged 60 to 77 considered to...

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