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  • Żabbar celebrating 400 years as a parish

    Żabbar celebrating 400 years as a parish

    As spectacular fireworks displays celebrated the arrival of the new year, Żabbar residents were preparing to usher in 2016 with a special event this week marking 400 years since the town was elevated to the status of parish. A true festa of colour...

  • Alcohol advice needs updating - health chief

    Alcohol advice needs updating - health chief

    The idea that drinking a glass of red wine a day is good for you is an "old wives' tale", England's Chief Medical Officer has said. Dame Sally Davies defended a move to issue new guidance on drinking, saying there was a need to update the advice...

  • Refugees’ economic potential proved by Syrians in Turkey

    Refugees’ economic potential proved by Syrians in Turkey

    Sitting in the bare office above his factory where thousands of baby rattles and plastic bottles are cranked out everyhour, Saad Chouihna believes that if you can make it in Turkey, you can make it anywhere. “The Turkish market is the hardest,”...

  • Does screening truly save lives? Answer is unclear

    Does screening truly save lives? Answer is unclear

    Study argues that any reduction in cancer deaths due to screening may be offset by fatalities connected to harmful effects of the tests or unnecessary treatments Bigger studies are needed to tell whether cancer screening really saves lives,...

  • Research finds genetic link to heart condition affecting pregnant women

    The cause of a life-threatening condition that can lead to heart failure in pregnant women could be genetic, a global study has found. Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) can lead to a woman developing heart failure in late pregnancy or shortly after...

  • Is free speech under threat?

    Is free speech under threat?

    The chairperson of the Institute of Maltese Journalists, Karl Wright, shares his thoughts about free speech with Ronald Cassar. He also discusses the need for an update on the current Code of Ethics for journalists. “One year on from the Charlie...

  • A year after Je suis Charlie, France suffers deep divisions

    A year after Je suis Charlie, France suffers deep divisions

    France today marks the first anniversary of the Islamist attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket as it faces social, political, economic and identity crises One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of...

  • Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo front cover

    Vatican newspaper denounces ‘woeful’ Charlie Hebdo front cover

    The Vatican newspaper has criticised French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for depicting God as a Kalashnikov-carrying killer, saying it was “woeful” and disrespectful to true believers of all faiths. The cover was an anniversary edition,...

  • A year on, solemn tribute to mark Charlie Hebdo tragedy

    A year on, solemn tribute to mark Charlie Hebdo tragedy

    France this week solemnly marks the anniversary of the Islamist assault on the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the first of two such deadly attacks which bookended a bloody 2015 of unprecedented violence in the French...

  • Drug approvals at 19-year high belie the industry’s challenges

    Drug approvals at 19-year high belie the industry’s challenges

    2015 was a good year for innovation in medicine with the US Food and Drug Administration approving 45 novel drugs, four more than in 2014 and the most since the all-time record of 53 set in 1996. Across the Atlantic, the European Medicines Agency...

  • US company bags pot discount for gum to treat MS

    US company bags pot discount for gum to treat MS

    Axim Biotechnologies Inc., a small, Manhattan-based company with ties to the Netherlands, says it has a trump card in its quest to develop a cannabis-based chewing gum to ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The company says it will be able to...

  • Top humanitarian concerns for 2016

    Top humanitarian concerns for 2016

    There’s one prediction for 2016 that the majority of aid workers can make with confidence – that the new year will usher in rising humanitarian needs. Besides displacement caused by long-term conflicts in places like Syria and South Sudan, there...

  • Fighting diabetes complications

    Fighting diabetes complications

    A study led by the Diabetes Foot Research Group of the University of Malta highlights that healthcare professionals should be cautious when conducting vascular foot assessments and that both ABPIs and Doppler waveforms should be used in the...

  • Pets at more risk from passive smoking than human beings

    Pets at more risk from passive smoking than human beings

    Pets that are exposed to second-hand smoke at home are more likely to develop health problems than those in non-smoking households, an ongoing study has found. Scientists at the University of Glasgow have established a direct link between family...

  • Malta during 1916 – the Year of Attrition of World War I

    Malta during 1916 – the Year of Attrition of World War I

    In the context of World War I, 1916 has been described as the Year of Attrition. The struggle of the war was generally continued at a slow pace. It was not to be a blitzkrieg (lightning war a violent campaign intended to bring about a speedy...

  • New test for kidney disease

    New test for kidney disease

    Last week Julian’s blood results came back. Julian is a beautiful 11-year-old blue Persian with mesmerising golden eyes and calm demeanour. His owners had welcomed him to their loving home when still a tiny kitten and my first encounter with him...

  • Considerations for resolutions

    Considerations for resolutions

    Every year we consider setting up resolutions for the coming year. Invariably, we do not keep to them. I am including a few options that are low key and could easily be included in your routine throughout the year and would help some part of your...

  • Dreaming of a better future

    Dreaming of a better future

    The year 2015 saw a record number of people fleeing their homes, with more than 60 million people uprooted by wars, conflict and persecution in countries ranging from Syria to South Sudan and Afghanistan, according to the UN. Worldwide that means...

  • Migrants taking sea route to Europe last year top one million

    More than one million refugees and migrants braved the seas in 2015 seeking sanctuary in Europe, nearly five times more than in the previous year, the UN refugee agency said. About half of the 1,000,573 men, women and children who made the...

  • 3D printing brings art to the blind

    3D printing brings art to the blind

    Writer and podcast host Romeo Edmead is using his fingers to unlock a world he has never experienced before. Edmead lost his sight when he was just two years old, so he has always had a complicated relationship with art and museums. While he has...

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