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  • Mental health labelling can hamper treatment

    Mental health labelling can hamper treatment

    Study claims that diagnosing and tagging patients with ‘personality disorder’ and ‘schizophrenia’ can lead to administering less effective medication Diagnosing patients with medical labels such as ‘personality disorder’ and ‘schizophrenia’ can...

  • Playing in tune together

    Playing in tune together

    ConcertsEuropean Foundation for Support of Culture/Summer Music Academy/Opera StudioAtelie Lyrique/dir. Andriana Yordanova;Julia Miller, pianoRobert Samut Hall/Sir Temi Zammit Hall/MCC Bulgarian soprano Andriana Yordanova has recently directed a...

  • It’s cool to be a spy

    It’s cool to be a spy

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)Certified: 12ADuration: 116 minutesDirected by: Guy RitchieStarring: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Jared Harris, Hugh Grant, Luca Calvani, Simona CaparriniKRS Releasing Ltd After...

  • Beatles’s first recording contract to be auctioned

    The Beatles’ first recording contract is expected to fetch up to $150,000 when it is sold at auction in New York next month. The deal was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed their craft performing in the city’s boisterous nightclub...

  • Side effects may lead breast cancer patients to skip drugs

    Side effects may lead breast cancer patients to skip drugs

    Breast cancer patients who report more side effects of their hormone therapy drugs and less confidence communicating with their doctors are more likely to intentionally or unintentionally miss a dose, according to a study. “Endocrine” therapy,...

  • Amy Winehouse documentary is UK box office hit

    A film telling the story of Amy Winehouse’s life has become the second most popular documentary at the UK box office. The latest figures show Amy has grossed £3.44 million. Directed by Asif Kapadia, who was also behind the award-winning Senna...

  • Fast food salt levels vary from country to country amid calls for cuts

    Fast food salt levels vary from country to country amid calls for cuts

    The same children’s meals at popular fast food chains have been found to contain hugely varying levels of salt in different countries, which campaigners say shows that the companies could reduce levels if they wanted to. Research by World Action...

  • Taking aspirin ‘can help overweight people combat cancer’

    Taking aspirin ‘can help overweight people combat cancer’

    An aspirin a day could help keep cancer away for people that are overweight, a study has claimed. The research by Newcastle University and the University of Leeds found that being overweight more than doubled the risk of bowel cancer in people...

  • Coffee boosts chances of surviving bowel cancer

    Coffee boosts chances of surviving bowel cancer

    Regular cups of caffeinated coffee can increase the chances of surviving bowel cancer, research has shown. A study of nearly 1,000 treated patients found that those who consumed four or more cups of coffee a day were 42 per cent less likely to see...

  • Cliff Richard still worries about tour ticket sales

    Cliff Richard still worries about tour ticket sales

    Sir Cliff Richard has admitted he still worries about selling tickets to his shows, as he prepares for his 75th birthday tour. Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Paul O’Grady, Sir Cliff, who is due to tour the UK next month, said he “still wonders if...

  • Queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

    Queen poised for record after rallying troubled monarchy

    Elizabeth II, who is visiting Malta in November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, to become UK’s longest-reigning monarch next month Queen Elizabeth II, who rallied support for the monarchy despite presiding over what was once...

  • Women who work or lift a lot may struggle to get pregnant

    Women who work or lift a lot may struggle to get pregnant

    Women who work more than 40 hours a week or routinely lift heavy loads may take longer to get pregnant than women who don’t, a US  study suggests. Researchers followed 1,739 nurses who were trying to get pregnant and estimated 16 per cent of them...

  • Sir Elton John slams ban on same-sex relationship children’s books in Venice

    Sir Elton John slams ban on same-sex relationship children’s books in Venice

    Sir Elton John has attacked the new mayor of Venice on social media after he banned books about homosexuality from the city’s schools. The multi-award winning singer told his fans that “beautiful Venice is indeed sinking, but not as fast as the...

  • Violent video game use linked to aggressive behaviour

    Violent video game use linked to aggressive behaviour

    Psychologists have confirmed that playing violent video games is linked to aggressive and callous behaviour. A review of almost a decade of studies found that exposure to violent video games was a “risk factor” for increased aggression. But the...

  • One Direction scoop eight Teen Choice awards

    Boy band One Direction have landed eight Teen Choice awards, bringing their “lifetime” total to 23. The band, currently on tour, accepted the awards in a taped video shown at the Los Angeles ceremony. The 17th Teen Choice Awards threw its full...

  • Brit lights up Berlin with spies, lies, censorship art

    Brit lights up Berlin with spies, lies, censorship art

    British artist and anti-surveillance activist James Bridle is illuminating Germany with artwork exploring the darkest state secrets, cover-ups and information blackouts. Bridle’s The Glomar Response, showing this month at the newly-opened Nome...

  • Architecture festival, curtains down

    Architecture festival, curtains down

    The past 17 days saw the ditch around Valletta enjoying a flurry of unusual activity with a number of events luring passers-by towards an area of the city that is typically devoid of life. The events were part of the European Architecture Student...

  • 5 things to escape to this season

    5 things to escape to this season

    5. A gig on a bus The Busker’s bug gig is back for a second round with a delightfully retro and unique approach to the eternal question: where can a young band hold a gig? Judging by the response from last year, “on a vintage Maltese bus” is one...

  • Prime purveyors of percussion

    Prime purveyors of percussion

    Some believe that music and rhythm can be created using anything and everything available. With a musically-attuned ear one can transform the bustle of everyday noises into a melody of music and rhythm. To some extent that is what Stomp did in...

  • Exploring the contemporary

    Exploring the contemporary

    As the annual Divergent Thinkers exhibition gets set to return to St James Cavalier as part of the Valletta International Visual Arts Festival later this month, Jo Caruana learns more about the young artists who will be presenting their work this...

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