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  • People still confuse the common cold with flu

    People still confuse the  common cold with flu

    Seasonal influenza is an acute respiratory infection caused by influenza viruses, which circulate in all parts of the world. Yearly influenza epidemics can seriously affect all populations but the highest risk of complications occur in pregnant...

  • Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman who fell in love with Malta

    Frederick W. Ryan – An Irishman   who fell in love with Malta

    The 1930s were as politically turbulent for Malta, and Frederick Ryan, though seemingly unwilling to challenge doctrines then still current on the redeeming destiny of the em­pire, had genuine sympathy for those Maltese who did not suffer colonial...

  • Know your fats and carbs

    Know your fats and carbs

    The idea that saturated fats cause heart disease was promoted by Ancel Keys, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. It started to change public health policies after Keys published his famed Seven Countries Study in 1970, which suggested...

  • Think of your body as one unit

    Probably one of the most useful pieces of advice I’ve ever received in sport and exercise is to consider the body as one unit. We often tend to break it up into constituent parts, focusing on specific muscles or segments when carrying out...

  • Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Extreme heat, cold can kill older adults in their homes

    Both extreme cold and hot weather kill older adults. The US Centres for Disease Prevention and Control report that between 2006 and 2010 deaths from cold weather for older adults (aged 65 and older) were three times those caused by heat. Cold...

  • Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    Myth debunked: Interstellar: fact or fiction?

    In Interstellar, director Christopher Nolan takes Matthew McConaughey and his team on a trip through a worm hole to find a habitable planet for humanity but what’s the science behind it? A worm hole is simply a black hole that connects two...

  • Voucher vultures

    Voucher  vultures

    While I love buying presents for my nearest and dearest, I’m not equally enthusiastic about gift-giving when it comes to people whose tastes I’m not particularly familiar with. The truth is that while receiving something is always lovely, I can’t...

  • Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    Dark matter, the strongmen keeping the galaxies together

    On clear nights in non-light polluted areas, maybe after a tasty barbecue or out camping, one can view the majestic starry night. If the conditions are right, a foggy white band will be visible (especially in areas such as Dwejra and Miġra l-Ferħa).

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This example of a Hoag-type galaxy is 600 million light years away and found in the constellation of Serpens. The circular gas ring appears to be the result of a nearby dwarf galaxy being stretched round the central galaxy. This may shed light on...

  • Our second chance at love

    Our second chance at love

    Kristina Chetcuti and Marielouise Caruana Galea talk openly about their respective second chances at love and the building of their big, blended families.  Publishing editor and columnist Kristina Chetcuti's partner is Opposition leader Simon...

  • Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children identify problems with psychiatric healthcare

    Children who make use of mental health services say they are happy with the care received, despite identifying a number of shortcomings in the present system, a report published recently shows. Addressing a mental health conference organised by...

  • Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Fathers get depressed during and after pregnancy, too

    Women aren't the only ones who may feel depressed when welcoming a newborn- a new study from New Zealand finds that some men also experience depressive symptoms during and after their female partners' pregnancies. In the study of almost 4,000 men,...

  • Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year

    Curbing outdoor air pollution may help prevent 2.7 million premature births a year, a condition that threatens children's lives and increases their risk of long-term physical and neurological problems, scientists said on Thursday. Fine particles...

  • Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    Former football stars to donate brains for head injury research

    World Cup winner George Cohen and former Manchester United star Pat Crerand have pledged to donate their brains to science after research tentatively linked heading the ball with dementia. The British sporting heroes, both 77, said they wanted to...

  • Peugeot set to acquire Opel amid German government concerns

    Peugeot set to acquire Opel amid German government concerns

    The PSA Group, owners of French car maker Peugeot and General Motors, owner of Opel, have mobilised their chief executives to defend the Peugeot maker's planned acquisition of Opel against a German-led backlash that could derail the deal even...

  • Second hand car sales hit record in the UK

    Second hand car sales hit record in the UK

    Sales of second-hand cars in the UK reached a record high last year. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 8.2 million used cars were sold in 2016, up 7.3% on the previous year. The industry body claimed there is "no reason"...

  • Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Weight gain over lifetime can dramatically increase cancer risk, study shows

    Health experts have urged younger people to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout their lives as stark new figures show that gaining weight over a lifetime can dramatically increase a person's risk of getting certain types of cancer. People...

  • Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Brain damage in former players fuels football 'heading' fears

    Scientists have found signs of brain damage that could cause dementia in a handful of former football players, fuelling worries about the danger of frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with others on the field. The small study was...

  • Flights of fancy

    Flights of fancy

    Carnival aficionados give their all for their ‘pastime’, sometimes going to extremes to turn their pipe dream into reality. Stephanie Fsadni talks to one such enthusiast, whose love of dancing led her into the carnival arena. Stephania Gellel has...

  • A Roman’s last journey in Rabat

    A Roman’s last  journey in Rabat

    Young and old were yesterday treated to a day of cultural entertainment and discovery at St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat. Heritage Malta held a full day event, highlighting among others the Roman feast of Agape – a meal held to celebrate the memory...

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