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Should we all be an organ donor iStock

Donated organs, tissue, blood and stem cells have saved or transformed millions of lives since the first-ever kidney transplant in 1950. Demand is increasing, thanks to medical advances and population…

Doodle to improve your memory and you might get a lightbulb idea iStock

1. Make a fist Ball up your right hand when trying to remember a phone number or list. When you want to retrieve the information, clench your left hand. Researchers…

Vulva skin is prone to many conditions that could need treatment iStock

The vulva (our external female genitalia) consists of the skin-covered external labia (lips) and the internal labia, clitoris and urethra (urine pipe), and vaginal entrances, covered by delicate membranes. Vulva…

Make a memo board with an embroidery hoop

Organise your home in style with this gorgeouse homemade memo board. Try experimenting with different coloured paints, patterned fabrics and button push pins to give our memo board project a…

What is causing your knee joint pain

Our knees are hinge joints, designed to bend, straighten and support our weight. Strong, gristly ligaments stabilise them at the front, back and sides. Two pieces of cartilage act as…

How to make paper quilling cards

What is quilling? Quilling has been practised for centuries, but it’s only in recent years that a choice of narrow paper strips have been readily available for use in this…

How to permaculture garden toad

The term permaculture is big news in gardening at the moment. But what on earth is it? You could describe it as self-sufficiency with knobs on. Not only is it…

How to lower cholesterol with statins

Statin prescriptions have tripled in just 10 years, but NICE, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence says that lowering the threshold could save 8,000 more UK deaths a…

Healthy habits in Thailand

Eat at the table in France ‘You’d never see a French person having a TV dinner,’ says celebrity trainer and fitness author Christianne Wolff. ‘This means they are paying attention…

Royal rose fit for a queen istock

  Not only has the rose been the national flower of England since Tudor times, but many new varieties have been produced to commemorate key events over our current Queen’s…

How to treat your hirsutism hair iStock

Hirsutism (excessive facial and body hair) affects around one in 10 of us before the menopause, and as the hairs are often thicker and darker, and/or in unusual places, this…

A Hawthorn in flower is a gorgeous garden border Alamy

The style and atmosphere of a garden is created as much by the boundary that you choose to wrap around it as by the lawn, garden borders and sitting areas…

How to make a personalised candle

You will need A pillar candle Letter stamps Christmas stamps Ink pads White tissue paper Heat gun or hairdryer Wax paper Pillar candles, from £1, Hema; red stars, from a…

How to make a personalised pot for planting

You will need Small tree or plant Hessian Ribbon or twine Thin card Rubber stamps Scissors Chalk Bay and citrus trees, rosemary and cyclamens, from a selection at Wyevale Ribbons,…

How to make a personalised craft box

Finished size: 25 x 23cm, excluding loop You will need Tracing paper and a sharp HB pencil 40cm of 90cm-wide plain red felt 40cm of 112cm-wide turquoise patterned cotton fabric…

How to sew an invisible zip

Learn how to sew an invsible zip when making a dress with dressmaking expert, Thelma’s, easy-to-follow techniques. You will need Pins Invisible zip foot Zipper foot Invisible zip Matching thread…

How to make a personalised necklace

Pendant size: 3.5 x 2.7cm You will need A photograph Access to a laser printer Cutting mat 25mm-diameter clear domed glass cabochon Pencil Craft knife or scissors Matte or glossy…