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What’s so special about The Mayr?

The importance of good gut health is paramount in expert guidance on living well, and living long. For a fast-track…

I am addicted to these bathroom scales. I think they might be the future of health

These days it often feels like there are 20 million different gadgets or apps thrust under your nose, each promising…

A test has revealed my body’s ‘real age’. The result was delightful

They say that age is just a number. Except, of course, we all know it isn’t. It’s a source of…

Stub out the fags, pour away the booze. Britain has succumbed to the nanny state

The nanny state has spoken and we, the people, have listened. Worse still, we’ve obeyed. Figures released by the Office…

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A hotel retreat aims to nurture your brain. Here’s what that feels like

Hotels and neuroscience aren’t two spheres that have either natural or immediate overlap. In fact, I have confidence in asserting…

Is your cat giving you road rage?

It may be just one nasty symptom of toxoplasma gondi, a bug found in cat poo

Relax, don’t scrub: why we should all bathe like Victoria

In most households in Britain, Sunday nights have recently been dominated by the ITV series Victoria. As it nears its…

I’ve long tried to quit smoking. Now, thanks to Allen Carr, I actually have

I have dedicated a lot of time to giving up smoking. I have attempted pretty much everything: cold turkey, nicotine…

Think having your genome tested might be fun? Trust me, it’s terrifying

They say that curiosity killed the cat. Thanks to DNA testing kit 23 and Me, I now know this to…

I was a sceptic — now I’m a vitamin addict

We are a nation obsessed with our health. But on the subject of vitamins and supplements, we are a nation…

Insomnia is hell. So why aren’t there any good treatments for it?

Margaret Thatcher famously said that sleep is for wimps. But there are no two ways around it: not sleeping is…

A GP delivered to your door? The internet wants to change how you see a doctor

Last week I tried to book an appointment with a GP. I wasn’t dying (which, as a self-confessed hypochondriac, is…

The 5:2 diet works — but the side effects are pain, misery and bad breath

The body is a temple. In January, for the most part, it is a rather large and overfed temple. This…

For smokers who can’t quit, are ‘reduced risk’ cigarettes the future?

Have you ever tried giving up smoking? I’ve dedicated almost as much time to giving up smoking as I have…

The joy of being a hypochondriac

My name is Constance and I am a hypochondriac. I always have been and I always will be — until…