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The purpose of this website is to bring to the attention of the public a series of articles that were originally published in the local press in Malta and, therefore, directed in the first place to that audience. However, as the topics covered are of general interest, I thought readers in other locations may find the information presented relevant to them.

The articles published in this blog deal with several topics, including issues relating to health, migration, social issues, bioethics, and others.

It is hoped that, in this way, articles which have appeared for a single day in a Sunday paper, will be available for perusal for considerably longer period of time.

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New Publication

Health and Society: Personal and Social Determinants of Health with special reference to the Maltese Islands

Malta University Press 2018

This new book by Professor Maurice N. Cauchi deals with topics relating to the changing patterns of health as they affect today’s society. While infectious disease has largely been controlled, environmental factors, particularly pollution, stress, affluence all affect our health in a way that was unknown a couple of generations ago.

The book deals also with topics such as the role of our genetic make-up as they affect the individual.  In particular, the role of genes play in the causation of conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and other conditions are described. Other chapters deal with the effect of computerisation and the use of digital technology on our health, and particularly on that of our children.

The book, which is published by the University of Malta, is available from various bookshops as well as directly from the University of Malta Gozo Campus, Xewkija, Gozo, or from the author (email: mnc25@optusnet.com.au).

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Three generations of Maltese in Australia: A picture through surveys of the population

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In Australia, almost 50 per cent of the population were born overseas or had parents who were born overseas, a percentage which is bound to increase in the coming years. This has enabled this country to increase its population from just over 7 million in the immediate post-war period to 24 million in 2016, an increase of over 300 per cent.  Maltese and their offspring have contributed several hundred thousand to this increase in population.

In this report we look at surveys which cover all three generations of this population, starting with the aged, followed by the second and third generations. Continue reading

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