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  • Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Africa Studio/Shutterstock   The human immune system is actually quite good at killing cancer cells. In fact, we believe it does so quite frequently. People who have AIDS or have had an organ transplant have suppressed immune systems and go on to...

  • Three things to learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media

    Three things to learn from people who don't use smartphones or social media

    Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or e-mails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat,...

  • Five psychological reasons why people fall for scams – and how to avoid them

    Five psychological reasons why people fall for scams – and how to avoid them

    Con artists, fraudsters and their hapless victims are a staple of the news cycle and hardly a week seems to pass without a story about an e-mail lottery scam or a telephone fraud. Many reading these stories perhaps just raise their eyebrows and...

  • Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Mindfulness meditation: ten minutes a day improves cognitive function

    Practising mindfulness meditation for 10 minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory”. The brain achieves this by becoming more efficient, literally requiring...

  • VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

    VS Naipaul: a man who cast doubt on post-colonial liberal certainties

    VS Naipaul after receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. EPA   No author in contemporary times more wilfully damaged his reputation with cantankerous observations as did VS Naipaul. He had extreme and contrarian opinions on the big...

  • Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    Delay eating breakfast and eat dinner early to lose body fat – new study

    junpinzon/Shutterstock.com   Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time between the first and last calorie consumed each day. There is strong evidence to support the...

  • Violence during pregnancy

    Violence during pregnancy

    Violence by an intimate partner is manifested by physical, sexual or emotional abusive acts as well as controlling behaviours. Research clearly shows that pregnancy does not prevent the occurrence of intimate partner violence. The majority of...

  • Why pandemic influenza is so much more deadly than seasonal flu

    Why pandemic influenza is so much more deadly than seasonal flu

    The Spanish flu virus infected a third of the world’s population 100 years ago and claimed the lives of up to 100 million people. The virus continued to evolve and its descendants went on to cause all subsequent flu pandemics, leading to the 1918...

  • Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    Why we're looking for cancer clues in urine

    The human immune system is actually quite good at killing cancer cells. In fact, we believe it does so quite frequently. People who have AIDS or have had an organ transplant have suppressed immune systems and go on to develop cancer more often...

  • Apple's new iPhones a slight notch above the X: reviewers

    Apple's new iPhones a slight notch above the X: reviewers

    The absence of a striking new feature left major tech blogs and newspapers lukewarm on the new XS range of Apple Inc's iPhones in the first batch of reviews on Tuesday, although most praised the improvements to a wide range of standard...

  • Military cemetery revisited

    Military cemetery revisited

    The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem will be organising a discussion about the history and architecture of Ta’ Braxia cemetery, as part of their Castello Lanzun charity lecture series. Ta’ Braxia was commissioned at the...

  • Sacro Cuor parish, Sliema, celebrates its centenary

    Sacro Cuor parish, Sliema, celebrates its centenary

    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart parish church, Sliema, better known as Sacro Cuor, is this week marking 100 years since it became the second of Sliema’s four parishes on September 24, 1918. It was preceded by the church of Our Lady Star of the Sea...

  • Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again

    Robotic trousers could help disabled people walk again

    Could the answer to mobility problems one day be as easy as pulling on a pair of trousers? A research team led by Bristol University’s Professor Jonathan Rossiter has recently unveiled a prototype pair of robotic trousers that they hope could help...

  • Fibromyalgia: researchers trying to fathom the causes of this painful condition

    Fibromyalgia: researchers trying to fathom the causes of this painful condition

    Fibromyalgia is something of a mystery. It can’t be detected with scans or blood tests, yet it causes lifelong pain for millions of people. The disease mainly affects women (about 75-90% of cases), causing pain all over the body. Because not all...

  • Tourists not welcome: how to tackle the issue of overtourism

    Tourists not welcome: how to tackle the issue of overtourism

    Nowadays, it’s easy and cheap to reach European destinations. This makes these types of experiences appealing to large numbers of tourists. But when a lot of people are all heading off to the same places, the issue of overtourism arises. This is...

  • Kentucky – the cradle of fast food

    Kentucky – the cradle of fast food

    There were no members of the Buckethead Army changing the guard.  I was the only tourist in the queue and the only one not wearing a tool belt, drill holster or nail and hammer pouch. Or hard hat. We stared up at the menu. As up at a...

  • From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 3)

    From the Customs House to Imgherbeb Point (Part 3)

    Hidden and hemmed in between the stores and the bastion wall was a flight of steps that provided a short cut from the Barriera to Porta di Monte. In 1710, nobody could have guessed that Nix Mangiari Steps would acquire quite a reputation in the...

  • An invasion of Malta: military manoeuvres on an island garrison

    An invasion of Malta: military manoeuvres on an island garrison

    On April 7, 1899, an invading naval fleet approached the northern shores of Malta, and having carried out a reconnaissance to select the most suitable landing places, effected a successful invasion of our islands. At 8am that day, two battalions...

  • Nature’s finest work

    Nature’s finest work

    Honey is a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, flowers and mother nature herself. Here are a few recipes, courtesy of Jessico Koslow, made for the US National Honey Board. Honey breakfast cake Makes 2 loaves Ingredients For cake:Butter, enough...

  • Learning to live with arthritis

    Learning to live with arthritis

    We do not know what causes some diseases. These are known as idiopathic diseases, from the Greek idios – ‘one’s own’ – and pathos – ‘suffering’. Very often the words ‘primary’, ‘agnogenic’ or ‘cryptogenic’ are used in clinical notes to describe a...