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How often should you replace bed linen - every few years or only when the cotton starts to wear thin?

Figures suggest a higher proportion of strokes are now occurring in middle-aged people, like marathon runner Paul Brough, who was a fit 47-year-old when his life changed in an instant.

In my student days I had a friend called Nick. Nick was a musician and bon viveur who wasn’t remotely interested in the mundane, which, by definition, as far as he was concerned, included anything that could be termed domestic.

She hasn’t been a regular fixture on our screens for almost three decades but the years have been kind to former Anglia TV presenter Christine Webber, who really who really hasn’t changed very much since her time on the broadcaster’s flagship About Anglia programme.

It may only be a week but February half term can present something of a challenge to parents, especially those on a tight budget.

None of us likes the prospect of growing old but in reality it’s something all of us hope we’ll get the chance to do.

Apparently, it was Blue Monday on January 15, calculated to be the most depressing day of the year, when factors such as the weather, debt levels and low motivation are most likely to come together to make the perfect storm of despondency.

In the not too distant future, barring accidents and other catastrophes, will it be possible to live for hundreds of years? Some scientists certainly think so. Sheena Grant reports on the hunt for a ‘cure’ for ageing and gets the views of an East Anglian academic.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with rates set to rise due to the increase use of sun beds and increased availability of travel to sunny destinations. Even though one in five people will develop the disease at some point, no NHS screening is available; however, the good news is the earlier skin cancer is found, the easier it is to treat.

There aren’t many things in life that are free. From basic life essentials such as clean water to how we spend our leisure time, almost everything has been taken, twisted and commercialised for profit.

At first sight, former doorman and bodybuilder Paul Kerton doesn’t look like the kind of man who dines on borlotti beans, broccoli and flaxseeds.

There’s a problem when it comes to men and mental health. It’s not that men’s mental health is any worse than women’s mental health. It’s just that men are not so good in talking about it and, crucially, seeking help. That could be one of the reasons behind the shocking statistic that three out of every four suicides are men.

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I’ve got a ever-growing number of glass jars on my kitchen worktop, all washed up and ready for recycling.

In the days and weeks after Christmas, money can be tight. And when the last of the leftover turkey has been used up in sandwiches, soups, curries and any other way you can think of to recycle it, you may be looking for other ways to economise on food, writes Sheena Grant.

Christmas should be a time of joy but for many it brings so much stress it’s impossible to fully enjoy the season of goodwill, writes Sheena Grant

For most of her life Paula Meir has lived with the knowledge that she could have inherited a fatal disease for which there is no cure.

It takes a long time to grow a Christmas tree, even a relatively small one, writes Sheena Grant.

Black Friday 2017 passed me by completely but apparently Britain’s online retailers won the battle for sales in the US-inspired event, with overall spending up on 2016 despite a drop in the number of shoppers visiting stores, writes Sheena Grant.

Findings from a raft of studies suggest female friendship could be one of the most powerful forces for boosting women’s health. Sheena Grant looks at the evidence...

Our bodies are incredible, whatever shape or size they come in so why do so many of us loathe the way we look? Sheena Grant speaks to one woman who’s challenging negative messages around body image.

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