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  • Trying to give up a bad habit? Stop trying not to think about it

    Trying to give up a bad habit? Stop trying not to think about it

    Let me set you a task. For the next minute, I want you to not think about Donald Trump. You must block all thoughts of Trump from your mind. How did you get on? If trying not to think about Trump increased your thoughts about him, then you...

  • Migraines linked to heart problems

    Migraines linked to heart problems

    Suffering from migraines could indicate underlying heart problems, a 19-year investigation involving more than half a million people has suggested. Research involving both those who were diagnosed with the headache disorder and those who did not...

  • Liver fear over fish oil

    Consuming too much fish oil can increase the risk of serious liver disease, a study suggests. Both fish oil and sunflower oil were linked to harmful long-term changes and ageing effects in the liver. The end result was non-alcoholic...

  • Virtual reallty could help mental health patients

    Virtual reallty could help mental health patients

    NHS patients with mental health problems are to be treated by virtual reality therapists in a new project. Experts are embarking on a multimillion-pound trial to see whether people with severe mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, who...

  • Stand up and lose weight - but you need to stand six hours a day

    Stand up and lose weight - but you need to stand six hours a day

    Standing instead of sitting can help people burn calories and possibly help them to lose weight, new research has found. Substituting time spent sitting for standing for six hours a day could help people lose 2.5kg over the course of a year,...

  • E-cigarette industry needs global regulations

    E-cigarette industry needs global regulations

    The e-cigarette industry has been increasingly viewed as one of the most disruptive changes in the tobacco market, with vapes now commonly perceived as an alternative to traditional tobacco products. In my own survey of 781 adult vapers, 83 per...

  • Wanted: a new generation at the Casino Maltese

    The exclusive club in Republic Street is looking for new members. Kristina Chetcuti finds out about the history of this hallowed place whose vitality its president would like to revive. The Casino Maltese was born out of a sheer sense of competition.

  • Compulsive shopping: the addiction no one is talking about

    Compulsive shopping: the addiction no one is talking about

    Many people will have hit the shops or gone online to bag a bargain in the January sales over the last few weeks and may now be feeling the pinch until their next payday. It is an annual tradition for some – with tales of shoppers getting up in...

  • India has 21 million 'unwanted' girls due to preference for sons

    India has 21 million 'unwanted' girls due to preference for sons

    Some 21 million girls in India are "unwanted" and receive fewer resources because their parents wanted a son, the government said, as analysts called for action to boost women's earnings. The government's annual economic survey, presented to...

  • Smoke from e-cigarettes 'may cause DNA damage and cancer'

    Smoke from e-cigarettes 'may cause DNA damage and cancer'

    Smoke from e-cigarettes damages DNA and can increase the risk of cancer and heart disease, scientists have warned. The battery-driven devices, which deliver an instant nicotine "hit" without burning tobacco, have been widely promoted as a safer...

  • Mediterranean diet linked to IVF success, study finds

    Mediterranean diet linked to IVF success, study finds

    A Mediterranean diet could help women receiving IVF to achieve successful pregnancies, a study has suggested. Researchers asked women about their eating habits before they underwent the treatment and found those who ate more fresh vegetables,...

  • Catching flu ‘increases risk of heart attacks sixfold’

    Catching flu ‘increases risk of heart attacks sixfold’

    Flu can increase the risk of having a heart attack six times within the space of a week, research has shown. The study, involving thousands of flu cases, provides strong evidence of a link between influenza and heart attacks. Scientists said the...

  • Diabetes linked to long-term cognitive decline

    Diabetes linked to long-term cognitive decline

    People with diabetes experience higher rates of long-term cognitive decline, new research suggests. The study also found that worse control of blood sugar levels, whether someone is diabetic or not, could also lead to a decline in brain function...

  • Why aren't UK doctors using statin test

    Why aren't UK doctors using statin test

    Heart disease stubbornly remains one of the biggest killers in the UK, where there are 7 million people living with the condition. During the past 60 years, the management of cholesterol has become an important weapon in the fight against this –...

  • Today is World Leprosy Day: Improving lives of leprosy sufferers

    Today is World Leprosy Day: Improving lives of leprosy sufferers

    For thousands of years, people with leprosy have been stigmatised and, till this very day, in some countries they are even banished from their respective communities. While leprosy has been eradicated from Malta, and the subject is just mentioned...

  • The real priorities

    The real priorities

    In today’s fast and furious lifestyle, many a dormant childhood dream is put on the back burner indefinitely owing to time pressures. Until one is forced to steer into the slow lane, or stop on the hard shoulder, and with plenty of time on one’s...

  • Malta and World War I – snippets from January-March 1918

    Malta and World War I – snippets from January-March 1918

    World War I continued during 1918 in many fronts, especially in Europe. It was nearly four years since the outbreak of what was then known as the Great War. However, by the end of 1918, the Central Powers were forced to surrender after they had...

  • Politicians ‘must act’ on diabetes

    “Diabetes shouldn’t be a political issue, so as politicians and legislators, we are duty bound to do all that is necessary to reduce the impact of this epidemic, which is on the rise.” This was the gist of an address by MEP Francis Zammit Dimech,...

  • Embracing our roots

    Embracing our roots

    A famous post-colonial theorist once penned the words: “Those who have no history have no voice”. In the absence of a history, you have no choice but to create one; however, the danger here lies in what you pick and choose to serve as your...

  • Does stress cause dementia?

    Does stress cause dementia?

    Stress not only kills brain cells, stress kills people. We learned that stress is a killer from an important study on civil servants carried out in the UK more than half a century ago. In this study, Michael Gideon Marmot, then with the University...