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  • Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Is your memory failing? Consider handing over the car keys

    Seniors with memory problems and related attention and decision-making issues may struggle with driving tasks, according to a Canadian study. Not all patients with mild cognitive impairment have issues with driving, the researchers note in their...

  • More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    More stories linking P&O and Malta for 180 years

    P&O continued to provide liner servi­ces during World War I. German submarines operating in the Mediterranean took their toll, the ships being targeted on outward and homeward voyages to the Orient and Australia, often after the usual Malta call.

  • Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    Tribute to a gentleman journalist: Lino Bugeja

    The sad news of Lino Bugeja’s passing, although not unexpected, shocked me and others, notably my colleagues at the Tumas Fenech Foundation for Education in Journalism, who worked closely with Lino over the last 18 months. Lino was keen to...

  • A leading cause of vision loss

    A leading cause of vision loss

    A couple of decades ago, age-related macular degeneration was an unknown disease in the public’s knowledge of health. I was introduced to it when my mother was diagnosed with wet and dry age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). This meant she had...

  • Operations: caring for your pet

    Last week, Pippin’s owner finally and reluctantly took the decision to spay her cat. Pippin is a three-year-old grey female Persian with a pair of large golden eyes. Pippin’s owner decided she did not want her cat mated, so for health reasons it...

  • Dry eye delayed diagnosis could impact life negatively

    Dry eye delayed diagnosis could impact life negatively

    Dry eye disease can be difficult to diagnose, and delays in diagnosis may lead to more severe symptoms and a greater impact on patients’ daily lives, according to a European study. People with a delayed diagnosis were likely to have a more...

  • Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    Myth debunked: Why do we need to learn maths if we have calculators?

    This common complaint has an adult version, “Why do we need mathematicians if we have (statistics) software?” Apart from the notoriously wrong political polls of last year, the following story may provide a partial answer: In 1943, at the peak of...

  • Three species of shoppers

    The sales are upon us once again and while many bargain hunters will be trying their luck, after my previous forays into the mad world of this season I will probably wait for the hustle and bustle to subside before venturing back into my safe...

  • How does a CT scan work?

    Tomography is the imaging of the interior of an object from information obtained outside it. A familiar example is a CT scan in which a slice of the brain or other organ is imaged from X-ray scans of it. It is not a simple X-ray of the brain but...

  • Photo of the week

    James Cooley (1926 – 2016) died in June of last year. He invented, with John Tukey, the Fast Fourier Transform, sometimes described as “the most important numerical algorithm of our lifetime” because it speeds up time-critical calculations in...

  • Behaviour issues in children with night terrors could be helped with cognitive therapy

    Behaviour issues in children with night terrors could be helped with cognitive therapy

    Young children who receive cognitive behavior therapy to help them cope with night terrors may have fewer behavior problems tied to poor sleep than kids who receive therapy that doesn't include advice on how to manage symptoms, a recent study...

  • It’s not just another day

    It’s not just another day

    For many people, one look at the calendar today will make them very nervous. Some will nurse mild anxiety while others will suffer full-blown panic attacks and reschedule all their meetings. And yet, for others, Friday 13 is no different than any...

  • 40 per cent of John Lewis's sales came from the internet over Christmas

    40 per cent of John Lewis's sales came from the internet over Christmas

    Britain's biggest department store John Lewis said it needed to invest heavily in its online business this year after 40 per cent of total sales came from the internet over Christmas, showing the speed of change ripping through the...

  • Need a good night’s sleep?

    Need a good night’s sleep?

    People in middle to old age should stop drinking tea or coffee after lunch in order to get a good night’s sleep, experts have said. A new report also suggests that older people should limit daytime naps to no more than half an hour. It states that...

  • High intake of red meat ups risk of diverticulitis in men

    Men who eat lots of red meat are much more likely to have diverticulitis than their peers who stick mainly with chicken or fish, a new study suggests. Researchers examined more than two decades of data on more than 46,000 men and found frequent...

  • WHO: Smoking deaths to rise a third by 2030

    WHO: Smoking deaths to rise a third by 2030

    Smoking will kill a third more people per year by 2030, and it costs the global economy more than $1 trillion per annum, a World Health Organisation study said. Lucy Fielder reports.

  • Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    Rescued from South Korea meat market, dogs head for new homes in the US, UK and Canada

    "You're OK, you're OK," Lola Webber, a campaign manager with the Humane Society International (HSI), whispers to a lab-mix puppy, cradling her in a jacket as dozens of dogs bark in nearby cages. The puppy is moved from a rusty cage on a dog-meat...

  • Misuse of medicine worldwide

    Misuse of medicine worldwide

    Up to 70 per cent of hysterectomies in the US, a quarter of knee replacements in Spain and more than half the antibiotics prescribed in China are inappropriate, overused healthcare, researchers said yesterday. Experts who carried out a series of...

  • Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

    Ralph Lauren joins fight to ensure fabrics not damaging forests and lives

    Fashion giant Ralph Lauren Corp, whose designs are sashayed on Hollywood’s red carpets, has unveiled plans to trace wood pulp used in its clothes to avoid buying from regions destroying forests or violating human rights. Rising cotton prices have...

  • Menswear trends from London

    Menswear trends from London

    London relaunched its menswear fashion week last Friday with a new name and quirky designs as the city seeks to hold on to its status as a creativity hub following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. In contrast to fashion capital rivals...

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