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  • Kicking your way to better attention span

    Kicking your way to better attention span

    Martial arts require a good level of physical strength, but those who take up training need to develop an incredible amount of mental acuity, too. Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger...

  • Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Grey’s Anatomy could be distorting public expectations of trauma care

    Medical television drama Grey’s Anatomy may be creating “unrealistic” patient expectations after injury, a study suggests. The popular series, based around a team of surgeons working in Seattle, in the US, may give viewers a “false expectation”...

  • Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Have something to look forward to: it's good for you!

    Moving from a city to the beautiful Welsh countryside a few years ago made me acutely aware of the seasons and how they change. Most recently signs of spring have appeared in my garden over here on the Ceredigion coast. This mindfulness and...

  • Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Sexual orientation discordance has potential for suicide - study

    Discordant students are 70 percent more likely to have had suicidal ideas or to have made suicide attempts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Suicide is a major national concern in the US. In 2016, it was the...

  • Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    Whole new meaning to joint problems: older people turn to cannabis

    When most people think of cannabis users, they probably think mainly of the younger generations. But it’s actually the 45 to 64 age group who show the highest proportion of household spending on cannabis. Recent figures on cannabis use in Canada...

  • Notes from London Fashion Week

    Notes from London Fashion Week

    One of the key notes to take away from the first few days at London Fashion Week this February is that maximalist fashion is here to stay. Minimalist fashion has taken a step out of the limelight and its place we see lots of colour, jewelled...

  • Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    Hand osteoarthritis drug found to be no better than placebo

    An off-label drug thought to be commonly prescribed by doctors to treat osteoarthritis of the hand when conventional medication has failed is ineffective, researchers have said. Hand osteoarthritis is estimated to affect nearly a third of people...

  • Nature in a bite

    Nature in a bite

    Julianne Ponan, 28, is anaphylactic, meaning she suffers from a serious allergic reaction. One of her main issues was struggling to find any allergen free snack bars which are healthy but also taste good. With her passion and drive to change...

  • As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    As many as 22% women fear pregnancy

    It’s very common for women to feel anxious about labour and birth. Worries about the pain of contractions, interventions and the uncertainty of the process are not unusual. But for some women, the fear of labour and birth can be so overwhelming...

  • Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods could raise cancer risk

    Ultra-processed foods such as fizzy drinks, packaged bread and cake, cereal and processed meats could increase the risk of cancer, according to a study. Processed foods make up to 50 per cent of the average person’s diet in some developed...

  • Cleaning products and perfumes ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Cleaning products and perfumes  ‘are a big source of air pollution’

    Chemicals in household cleaning products, paints and perfumes could now rival motor vehicles as the top contributor to urban air pollution, a study has said. Scientists in Los Angeles found that the amount of chemical vapours emitted into the...

  • Film company shines light on taboo subjects

    Film company shines  light on taboo subjects

    Mike Tabone, a young doctor who set up a maverick film company five years ago, talks to Simonne Pace about the creativity behind this exciting venture and its latest production, Cancer Warriors. Five years ago, a bunch of creative minds got...

  • Female hormones may be linked to asthma

    Fluctuations in female sex hormones could play a role in the development of allergies and asthma, a report suggests. Analysis of studies involving more than 500,000 women noted a link between asthma symptoms and key life changes such as puberty...

  • Intriguing stories behind John Wilson Carmichael’s The Grand Harbour of Malta from the Corradino Point painting

    Intriguing stories behind John Wilson Carmichael’s The Grand Harbour of Malta from the Corradino Point painting

    A few months ago, I had the good fortune to view an oil painting that had just been cleaned and conserved. The painting, in its ornate carved and gilded frame, is splendid; it depicts an early morning view of the Grand Harbour; however, in...

  • Kids need fun during exams

    Kids need fun during exams

    After dry January, or ‘Veganuary’, depending which generation you form part of, parents of school-going children enter February dragging their heels. A colleague of mine recently remarked that the phenomenon of shouldering the responsibility of...

  • Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol: take steps to stay safe

    Alcohol consumption in many societies is a common feature of social gatherings or events. However, it can become a habit, and drinking too much alcohol can harm people’s health. The impact on people and society is determined by the volume...

  • The trappings of entitlement

    The trappings of entitlement

    We are a people imbued with entitlement. Our students expect stipends till kingdom come, people supporting either side of the house expect to be handed jobs they are not remotely qualified or capable of doing and, in the latest twist in our sordid...

  • Fashion and fragrance join hands at launch party

    Fashion and fragrance join hands at launch party

    The Malta debut of new fragrance Boss Black The Scent - Parfum Edition took place at the Hugo Boss Malta flagship store in St Julian’s. Bringing the best of fashion and fragrance together, Boss Parfums and Boss menswear and womenswear have...

  • 2018: the Year of Multimodality

    2018: the Year of Multimodality

    Change is coming to transportation and some early adopters have already been, or are currently, testing innovative technologies within the transport sector. These technologies are set to change the way we plan and pay for our journey and how we...

  • New look for make-up store in Sliema

    New look for make-up store in Sliema

    NYX Professional Make-Up has re-opened its store in Tower Road, Sliema with a brand new design, aligning the design and products offered by NYX Professional Make-up at the Maltese store with the brand giant across the world. Named after the Greek...