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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…

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…