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  • A heart-breaking condition

    This week Snoopy was rushed to the clinic as an emergency.  Snoopy is a 10-year-old male Dalmatian with a huge heart just bursting with love for his owners.  He’s usually quite a confident dog when visiting the clinic, but this time he was...

  • 8 benefits of trying out a yoga class

    8 benefits of trying out a yoga class

    In recent years, the yoga trend in Malta has really caught on. Yet, while there are many who swear by yoga and its beneficial effects, others can’t help but wonder what all the fuss is about! Perhaps these 8 reasons will motivate you to roll out...

  • Myth debunked: Is homosexuality unnatural?

    Myth debunked: Is homosexuality unnatural?

    Animals are part of the natural world, right? Well, there are over 1,500 animals that show some form of homosexual be­haviour. Let’s go through some colourful examples. Over nine in 10 of gi­raffe sexual encounters are bet­ween males rather than...

  • Myths and Mediterranean diets

    Myths and Mediterranean diets

    Common to dodos and Mediterranean diets is the fact that they seem to exist in the imagination rather than in fact. There are, moreover, several misconceptions as to what the Mediterranean diet actually consisted of. Those of us who experienced...

  • The ‘art’ of the false nail

    The ‘art’ of the false nail

    Last Christmas I was doing what I like to call some last-minute panic shopping; for those of you wondering what this phrase means, it’s when you procrastinate on your shopping because you’re busy/exhausted/have no idea what to buy anyone and then...

  • Coping with Malta’s diabetes problem

    Coping with Malta’s diabetes problem

    Malta won a prize last September: it tops the EU ranking for obese and overweight people. The problem is so great that a law was passed last January to try and curb it. Obesity is strongly linked to another major health problem: diabetes. Over one...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    NASA’s Mars Science Lab, also known as the Curiosity rover, spotted this strange, dark object on the Martian surface. The rover’s Mast Camera (Mastcam) took this photo of the golf ball-sized meteor on October 30. Further inspection with...

  • Adding music to pain meds may reduce pain

    Adding music to pain meds may reduce pain

    As a complement to traditional pain relief tools like medication, listening to music may lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions, according to a new review. "We have seen and observed this effect in multiple clinical...

  • Dinner with TV may be a recipe for less healthy meals

    Dinner with TV may be a recipe for less healthy meals

    Families that eat dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off, according to a recent US study. This was true even for families that were not paying attention to the TV and only...

  • Stop shaving patients before surgery, WHO says

    Stop shaving patients before surgery, WHO says

    Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organisation said...

  • Some e-cig sweeteners may make toxic fumes at cigarette levels

    Some e-cig sweeteners may make toxic fumes at cigarette levels

    Sweeteners added to the liquid nicotine vaporized in e-cigarettes may release levels of certain toxins that are as high as in smoke from traditional cigarettes, a new study suggests. Many sweetened e-cigarettes list ingredients such as sugar,...

  • Republic Street to lose a splash of colour as Vee Gee Bee shuts down

    Republic Street to lose a splash of colour as Vee Gee Bee shuts down

    Walking into Valletta, whether on our way to work or shopping, we rarely bother to look around and notice everything surrounding us. Familiarity breeds short-sightedness. We walk past the shopping arcade, the theatre and the new Parliament...

  • Cycling for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Cycling for work or play may stave off heart disease

    Adults who bike regularly, whether for fun or for transportation, may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than people who don't spend much time cycling, two new studies suggest. While plenty of previous research has documented the health...

  • Emperor for an evening

    Emperor for an evening

    Teenagers have the opportunity to try their hand at stamp-making and Chinese calligraphy this Friday during a unique workshop being held in Valletta. Organised by Spazju Kreattiv, the China Cultural Centre in Malta and the Educational Team of the...

  • Sweet drinks not linked to obesity, diabetes, according to industry-funded studies

    Sweet drinks not linked to obesity, diabetes, according to industry-funded studies

    Do sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and fruit drinks cause obesity and diabetes? The answer may depend on who funds the research asking the question. An analysis of 60 studies found 26 out of 26 papers that failed to find a link between...

  • New crime story series to probe Gianni Versace murder

    New crime story series to probe Gianni Versace murder

    A new series of American Crime Story will explore how the murderer of fashion designer Gianni Versace was able to remain on the loose, showrunner Ryan Murphy has said. Filming on the follow-up to The People Versus OJ Simpson: American Crime Story...

  • Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery for US women

    Abortion by prescription now rivals surgery for US women

    American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery, marking a turning point for abortion in the United States, data reviewed by Reuters shows. The watershed comes amid an overall decline in abortion, a choice...

  • No holds barred

    No holds barred

    Going weak at the knees is usually associated with spotting the love of your life for the first time. In this case, my knees are not just weak, they are shaking uncontrollably, along with the rest of my legs. And there’s not a handsome suitor in...

  • Porto Salvo church’s other gems

    Porto Salvo church’s other   gems

    The church which is the subject of this feature was originally dedicated to the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of Porto Salvo. Although its titular name never changed, this designation was kept until 1662 when the...

  • Men and pose

    Men and  pose

    There are so many reasons why men should keep well away from yoga. First of all, who in their right mind needs all that extra balance, flexibility and stamina? Moreover, men rarely suffer from back pain, high blood pressure, poor posture or...

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