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  • Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    Tragic accidents in our history that claimed young lives

    The first tragedy since 1800 that claimed young lives was the Vittoriosa magazine explosion which occurred on July 18, 1806. The magazine was located close to Porta Marina and the explosion killed around 200 people, and more than 100 others were...

  • Joined at the knee

    Joined at the knee

    Knee pain is one of the most common ailments and can affect patients of any age particularly the older generation.  The knee joint is made up of three main bones called the femur (thigh bone), tibia (leg bone) and the patella or knee cap. There...

  • How to spend two hours

    How to spend two hours

    I have just googled “things that you can do in two hours” and apparently, taking a nap, a hot bubble bath or doing a spot of yoga are not activities beyond the realm of possibility. What definitely should not be in the realm of possibility is...

  • The one that nearly got away

    The one that nearly got away

    Le MajolicheElia Zammit Street,PacevilleTel: 7933 9754 Food: 8/10Service: 9/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 I will start with an admission of fault. I walked or drove past the restaurant I’m writing about today countless times and...

  • AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    AX steps up for Parkinson’s

    Parkinson’s is a serious neurogenerative disease that affects the way body parts move. The disease occurs due to problems with certain nerve cells in the brain. These nerve cells are usually producing the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is...

  • Malta’s groundwater drought

    Malta’s groundwater drought

    Water. It’s everywhere. As a country with clean water supply all around the archipelago, it’s easy to take it for granted. But the current situation for our groundwater is anything but refreshing. The Maltese islands have 18 main groundwater bodies.

  • Myth debunked: Autism myths

    In honour of Autism Awareness Day (held on April 2) and everyone who has this condition, this week’s Myth Debunked is going to tackle some of the most persistent fallacies surrounding it. Myth: Repetitive jobs are best suited for people with...

  • Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    Photo of the week - April 7, 2019

    A Hoopoe (Daqquqa tat-toppu) pictured in Għadira.

  • Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere

    The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate and Primary Health Care are visiting different localities in Malta and Gozo to disseminate the message of this year’s World Health Day "Universal Health Coverage: everyone, everywhere". World...

  • French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    French Garfield beach phone mystery highlights plastic pollution

    For more than 30 years bright orange "Garfield" phones have been washing up on the French coast to the bemusement of local beach cleaners, who have finally cracked the mystery behind them. Locals had long suspected a lost shipping container was to...

  • India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    India fights to save its heritage havelis in the desert

    The resplendent mansions of Bikaner once hosted royalty and wealthy merchants passing through India's deserts with their caravans, but centuries later these bygone architectural masterpieces are crumbling. Made from distinctive red sandstone,...

  • Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000: WHO

    Global life expectancy grew by 5.5 years between 2000 and 2016, the World Health Organisation said Thursday, warning though that unequal income and access to healthcare translates into far shorter lives for many. The UN health agency also stressed...

  • Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    Japan probe blasts asteroid, seeking clues to life's origins

    A Japanese probe on Friday launched an explosive device at an asteroid, aiming to blast a crater in the surface and scoop up material that could shed light on how the solar system evolved. The explosive mission is the riskiest yet attempted by the...

  • Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    Enjoy the taste of Italian cuisine

    The second edition of the Italian Taste Food Fair, organised by the Italian Cuisine Academy, will be held at Is-Suq tal-Belt, Merchants Street, Valletta, tomorrow and Sunday from noon to 10pm. Around 30 exhibitors will be presenting their Italian...

  • Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    Dogs in the classroom – coming to a school near you soon?

    When you think about your own school days, you might have had a furry friend to keep you company in the classroom – maybe a school hamster, rabbit or guinea pig. But what about a school dog? That’s what’s being suggested by the vice chancellor of...

  • Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Intuitive eating: a 'diet' that actually makes sense

    Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body...

  • How to survive high pollen counts

    How to survive high pollen counts

    Blooming spring flowers signal the beginning of spring, but for millions of people, they also signal the onset of the misery: allergy and asthma season. Itchy, watery eyes; sneezing, runny nose; cough and wheezing are triggered by an overreaction...

  • Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Keep your voice down when on a wildlife tour

    Anyone who has ever spent time observing wild animals in nature will know that silence is golden. Wildlife tours recommend that people stay quiet in order to see more, but research on Tibetan macaques suggests that high levels of noise from...

  • All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    All too hard: understanding Brexit, Theresa May and the British humiliation

    In a recent poll, 90% of the British public agreed that the way Brexit negotiations were being handled was a “national humiliation”. A lot of people have described the current situation as a constitutional crisis but they are wrong: the word...

  • Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical pre-cancer rates down 88% in decade since HPV vaccinations began

    Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in the UK under the age of 35 after breast and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, the cancer only develops if the patient is infected with human papillomavirus (HPV) types 16 or 18.