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  • Flu: why this year's outbreak is one of the worst

    Flu: why this year's outbreak is one of the worst

    Jarun Ontakra/Shutterstock The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total of 664 hospital admissions and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported since the beginning of winter 2017. The British media have blamed...

  • Da Vinci self-portrait in Malta exhibition

    Da Vinci self-portrait in Malta exhibition

    Medieval art historian Nicola Barbatelli will be bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portrait to Malta as part of an exhibition to be held at the University’s Valletta campus. He tells Simonne Pace about his passion for the Renaissance world and...

  • Explainer: where do the names of our months come from?

    Explainer: where do the names of our months come from?

    Our lives run on Roman time. Birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and public holidays are regulated by Pope Gregory XIII’s Gregorian Calendar, which is itself a modification of Julius Caesar’s calendar introduced in 45 B.C. The names of our months...

  • Ads encourage teenagers to eat junk food

    Ads encourage teenagers to eat junk food

    Teenagers who are bombarded with junk food adverts could be eating hundreds more packets of crisps, chocolate bars and fizzy drinks each year then those who are not, new research has found. Cancer Research UK said teenagers who watch more than...

  • Why more men are wearing makeup than ever before

    Why more men are wearing makeup than ever before

    The male beauty business is booming. Shutterstock   Male grooming is now a multi-billion pound worldwide industry, thanks to a growing number of men spending more on their appearance. Face wash, moisturiser, pore strips and hair removal products...

  • Health officials defend handing cancer data to tobacco-linked firm

    Health officials defend handing cancer data to tobacco-linked firm

    Health officials have defended the decision to hand over data on NHS cancer patients to an American firm linked to one of the world's largest tobacco companies. Public Health England (PHE) said that it handed over the information after the...

  • How to turn Blue Monday into Happy Monday

    How to turn Blue Monday into Happy Monday

    Over the past decade, hordes of innocent people have bought the idea that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year – despite there being no scientific evidence to support it. While retailers, beauty salons, travel agents...

  • The seaplanes are back

    The seaplanes are back

    The Rolex Middle Sea Race celebrates Malta’s maritime connections. Another, albeit lesser known, event has the same aim: the Como to Malta Seaplanes Rally – Roberts Cup. Its originator, Jonathan Galea, recalls the country’s rich aviation history...

  • Exercise regimen should be ‘prescription for life’ in bid to reverse heart failure risk

    Walking, swimming and running could help middle-aged couch potatoes reverse their risk of heart failure, a study suggests. Decades of damage caused by leading a sedentary lifestyle could be reversed over two years with the “right dose” of...

  • Mysteries of the Main Guard inscription

    Quite recently, Arnold Cassola discovered in a foreign repository an important hoard of hitherto unknown Melitensia: watercolours, Victorian photographs, literature and engravings. These were put together by an inquisitive and wealthy foreign...

  • A Mediterranean diet for diabetes

    A Mediterranean diet for diabetes

    A diet of fibre-rich foods, such as the Mediterranean diet which includes fruit and vegetables, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, diabetes expert and president elect of the International Diabetes Federation, Prof.

  • How to spring clean the right way

    How to spring clean the right way

    Although I don’t particularly believe in new year’s resolutions, I do believe in the power of new beginnings ​and fresh starts. The reality is that many of us hold onto things for way too long, be they feelings, grudges or clothes, which is why I...

  • Will we rock down to Electric Avenue?

    Will we rock down to Electric Avenue?

    We live in a country of petrol heads. Nearly 400,000 petrol or diesel-powered cars choke our roads and lungs and guarantee long commutes, ever more asphalt and a shortened lifespan. If you happened to be a keen cyclist like me you’d know what it...

  • If you want to lose weight, ask yourself: is this really self-improvement?

    If you want to lose weight, ask yourself: is this really self-improvement?

    Shutterstock.   After the feasting of Christmas, January is a time of detox and self-denial. It’s when people start new diets, begin new exercise regimes and make new year’s resolutions. We promise ourselves that we will do better – that we will...

  • Scientists to make waves in Malta after groundbreaking discovery

    Scientists to make waves in Malta after groundbreaking discovery

    The year 2016 heralded the arrival of a new probe of nature – the first direct observation of gravitational waves that earned scientists the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for this groundbreaking discovery. Sure, we had seen hints before; in fact,...

  • Precision medicine for Maltese colorectal cancer patients

    Colorectal cancer, also known as bowel cancer, affects about 250 Maltese men and women each year. These cancerous growths of the bowel wall develop for several reasons, but who we are (i.e., our genetic make-up) and what we are exposed to...

  • Myth debunked: Burying your head in the sand

    Myth debunked: Burying your head in the sand

    The phrase “burying your head in the sand”, is used frequently – even in the columns of this newspaper.  It is used when someone ignores obvious facts, or advice, while hoping that, given time, the problem at hand will simply go away. This phrase...

  • Undefined is my definition

    Undefined is my definition

    Parfois has launched its spring-summer campaign – which makes one stop and think about the labels we apply throughout our lives. A modern vision of the world and of what it means to be a woman, the campaign seeks to break boundaries and follow the...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    This leopard seal in Antarctica is tearing up its dinner (a penguin).

  • Denim, the versatile closet must-have

    Denim, the versatile closet must-have

    On March 8, Lidl and Heidi Klum will be launching the third ‘Esmara by Heidi Klum’ collection, #Letsdenim, for the first time also inclusing a children’s range After the launch of two successful fashion collections in 2017, Lidl and Heidi Klum...