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  • Exercise no matter what the barrier

    Exercise no matter what the barrier

    I was engaged in some channel surfing recently during a somewhat uncharacteristic sofa-lounging session; just me, a smart TV and a nice cup of hot tea. I caught the tail end of an international rugby match between Ireland and Italy and became...

  • Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Lorella Fava is inspired by Fr Cyril Axelrod, an internationally-renowned deaf-blind priest, who is in Malta where he wishes to impart his message of hope. South African priest Cyril Axelrod is a deaf-blind Catholic priest of the Redemptorist...

  • Fashion Week moving to Fort St Angelo

    Fashion Week moving to Fort St Angelo

    The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Malta’s most highly anticipated fashion event, is this year introducing a new concept of a Fashion Fortress and it will be held at Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa. The week consists of several fashion shows,...

  • Halt the rise: beat diabetes

    Halt the rise: beat diabetes

    The number of adults with diabetes has quadrupled worldwide in four decades, a World Health Organisation study showed yesterday. The figure rose from 108 million in 1980 to a staggering 422 million in 2014. Exacerbated by ageing populations and...

  • The benefits of singing in a choir

    The benefits of singing in a choir

    Singing in a choir may be just what the doctor ordered for cancer patients, scientists have found. One hour of choral singing was found to boost levels of immune proteins, reduce stress and improve mood. Ian Lewis, director of research at the...

  • Daily vitamin D ‘can improve function in damaged hearts’

    A daily dose of vitamin D can improve the blood-pumping performance of damaged hearts, a study has found. Researchers studied 160 patients being treated for heart failure using a variety of proven drug treatments and pacemakers. Participants who...

  • Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    The threat of terrorism and global migration will grow worse in both rich and poor nations without greater worldwide cooperation to tackle the root causes of poverty and extremism, leaders of an international forum on peace building said. The...

  • Processed food: long-term pain for short-term gain

    Processed food: long-term pain for short-term gain

    Anyone aiming to live a long healthy life should stay away from processed foods, or they will have to contend with obesity, heart problems and diabetes, nutrition expert Robert Lustig has warned. “Fifty years of global processed food consumption...

  • Shortage of some medicines prompts question: too cheap?

    Shortage of some medicines prompts question: too cheap?

    Philip Aubrey buys medicines for British government-funded hospitals across London, capital of the world’s fifth-largest economy, but last year he struggled to secure supplies of a basic Aids drug. He is not alone. Shortages of essential drugs,...

  • The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    On Friday, April 4, 1946, at about 11.15am, a 19.68-metre Vickers Wellington B Mk bomber crashed in the built-up area of St Publius Street, Rabat. The bomber had two radial engines and a fuel capacity of 3,409 litres, with an additional tank of...

  • Smoking during pregnancy ‘alters DNA in unborn babies’

    Smoking during pregnancy ‘alters DNA in unborn babies’

    Modification could affect the functioning of genes that play role in lung and nervous system development, smoking-related cancers and birth defects Pregnant mothers who smoke chemically alter the DNA in their unborn babies, mirroring patterns...

  • Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Action demanded as often stateless N. African and Eastern European migrants working in tomato fields in region of Puglia are being held in slave-like conditions Baah, a tall, broad-shouldered Ghanaian man, stares through a grimy window, his face...

  • Brain’s natural ‘pruning’ system could be targeted to help fight Alzheimer’s

    Brain’s natural ‘pruning’ system could be targeted to help fight Alzheimer’s

    A major discovery linking Alzheimer’s to a natural process that ‘prunes’ nerve connections in the brain has raised hopes of stopping the disease in its tracks. Scientists demonstrated the mechanism in mice engineered to suffer Alzheimer’s-like...

  • Build a homemade projector

    Build a homemade projector

    Smartphones are used more frequently for watching videos than ever before, but sometimes you just want a bigger viewing area. For those strapped for cash or in the mood to do something creative, you can construct your own home­made projector. All...

  • Brain uploads

    Brain uploads

    Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe. Researchers claim to have developed a stimulator which can feed information directly into a...

  • How much training is enough?

    How much training is enough?

    Take a look at the stereotypical hardcore fitness fanatic nowadays, and see how you too can become super fit in just a few easy steps. First, you must clear your entire weekly schedule and start spending all evening, every evening, in the gym. You...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    NASA just released this new Hubble image of two galaxy clusters about to collide. The result of this cosmic collision of galaxy clusters was the formation of a new, massive structure called MACS J0416, which lies roughly 4.3 billion light-years...

  • Exercise as effective as drugs for depression

    If you are diagnosed with depression, the chances are you will be prescribed one of a number of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs for short. These are the most prescribed drugs for depression and among the highest selling in the...

  • Ultrasounds may not detect brain damage

    Ultrasounds may not detect brain damage

    Three ultrasounds done in the early weeks of pregnancy in a Finnish woman living in the US infected by Zika failed to show signs of brain damage in a foetus later diagnosed with the birth defect microcephaly, US researchers said in a study...

  • From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    From Senegal to Libya: an African student joins IS

    When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Islamic State fighters in Libya. Until...

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