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Tooth brushing and the truth about your teeth

MYTH 1 You should brush your teeth straight after meals   ‘Never brush teeth immediately after meals or snacks,’ warns Karen Coates of the Oral Health Foundation (dentalhealth.org). ‘Eating alters…

Butternut squash

Butternut squash & sweet potatoes Their vibrant orange colour is packed with immune-boosting beta-carotene – the brighter the pigment, the more antioxidants you’re also getting for cardiovascular health. ‘Both are…

Bamboo

Bamboo can be relied on to add texture and colour to an evergreen planting scheme and wind filtering through the stiff canes makes a gentle rustling sound, which in urban…

Ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer affects around one in 50 UK women – that’s 7,100 each year – but it can be hard to diagnose early, as symptoms are often vague to start…

How to care for carers

One in 10 of us is a carer – that’s around 7 million of us, saving the UK an estimated £132 billion a year. And 60% of us will act…

Orange peel

Every year we throw away seven million tonnes of food and drink – enough to fill around 97 million wheelie bins, or around one and a half wheelie bins for…

Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome affects up to one person in 200, and is a high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a lifelong condition that affects the way people interact with the…

Fabric trays

Finished sizes of the trays: Large tray: 16 x 16cm Medium tray: 13 x 13cm Small tray: 9 x 9c For the large tray: 
Two pieces of 25cm-square cotton fabric …

Diane Kenwood

Any idiot’s guide needs an idiot and I’m only too happy to present my impeccable credentials for the role when it comes to knitting. In spite of the best efforts…

Tips for giving the illusion of a big garden

Depth illusion Use plants with warm colours, such as yellow and orange, at the front of the garden and those with lighter or cooler shades, such as blue, green and…

Hay fever

Who knew? In the last three decades, the number of people affected by hay fever has trebled. There are now 18 million sufferers in the UK, and even if we…

Multiple sclerosis

More than 100,000 people in the UK have multiple sclerosis (MS), a long-term condition that affects the nervous system. It occurs in three times as many women as men and…

A peerless writer, actor, comic and playwright (to name just a few of her talents), Victoria Wood was also renowned for being one of the most down-to-earth people in the…

Victoria Wood sat at piano smiling

1. Acorn Antiques – As Seen On TV A Victoria Wood classic, Acorn Antiques explored the fictional world of an antiques shop run by glamorous Miss Babbs (Celia Imrie) and…

Menopause

1 Which foods are better to avoid? A Spicy B Soya Answer: A Spice is a notorious stimulant and likely to trigger night sweats and hot flushes if you’re one…

Heart

Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common cause of hospital admissions, with more than 67,000 a year in England and Wales. And although it’s more likely as we get…