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…

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…

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 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…

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…

Gardening

Whether you love smelling sweetly scented lilacs and freesias in the warmer months or prefer to see bright red berries growing on your holly bush during the winter, it’s almost…

One in three women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 70. Woman’s Weekly in partnership with Be Clear on Cancer explain the signs to look out for Many older women…