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Farm animals knitting pattern

When it comes to quiet afternoons, there’s nothing we enjoy more than settling down to a craft project. If you’re looking for a something new to get stuck into in…

Sunlight

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth, but it’s becoming clear that it does many other jobs, too, and that deficiency may be linked to breast and other…

Star cushion

Finished size of star cushion: 40cm You will need: ✤ Access to a photocopier ✤ Three pieces of cotton fabric, each measuring 35 x 50cm ✤ Polyester toy filling ✤…

Tips for healthy feet

During the winter months, our feet need extra care and protection whether we’re indoors or out. In particular, easing them into restrictive footwear can cause friction on toes, heels and…

Heart disease

Heart disease is often seen as a male problem, but in reality we’re not far behind the men. And although coronary heart/artery disease (CHD) doesn’t usually affect us until after…

How to maintain a garden pond

Over the last century, nearly 70% of garden ponds have been lost from the UK countryside, meaning that man-made garden ponds have an increased importance for wildlife. A well-planted garden…

Shingles

If you’ve had chickenpox, there’s a one-in-five chance that you’ll develop this painful condition Over 90% of us have had chickenpox, usually as children. But although the rash and fever…

Terry Wogan smiles as he's interviewed on The Alan Titchmarsh Show

Woman’s Weekly Deputy Editor Geoff Palmer remembers a very special man. ‘Readers with longer memories will remember with affection the column the Terry Wogan wrote for Woman’s Weekly for several…

Spiced carrot cake

Serves 15 For the carrot cake you will need: * ¼ltr (8fl oz) vegetable oil * 4 eggs * 400g (14oz) light muscovado sugar * 300g (10oz) self-raising flour *…

Antibiotics

There are more than 42 million prescriptions written for antibiotics each year. But many of these aren’t actually doing us any good. All colds and most coughs and sore throats…

Gut

Digestive symptoms are very common, and most settle naturally. But it’s important to run persistent or severe symptoms past your GP, even if they’re embarrassing, in case you need tests,…

Smartwatch

Welcome to the world of ‘wearables’ – armbands, watches and other items containing on-board mini computers that can monitor our body functions and lifestyles. They are becoming increasingly sophisticated and…

Cancer cells

One in three of us will eventually develop a cancer and, currently, one in four of us dies from the disease. Earlier diagnosis can improve survival rates and reduce extensive…

How to make a royal dog coat

Finished size: 50 x 41cm excluding straps, for a dog measuring 64cm around its tummy and 53cm from collar to base of tail. To make a royal dog coat you…

Sew seeds gathered from your garden iStock

Saving and swapping seeds isn’t just a brilliant way of saving money on creating a great garden, but it’ll also open it up to whole new avenues of possibility. Seeds…