Gift vouchers that never give: The problems with ‘experience days’

Gift vouchers that never give: Why you shouldn’t buy trendy ‘experience days’ like wine-tasting as presents without checking the small print Complaints soaring about vouchers for experiences — such as spa days A common gripe is that there is a very limited number of dates to choose from Look out for short expiry periods, some … Read more

VICTORIA BISCHOFF: Saving should pay

Many investors will be cheered no end by last week’s overwhelming Conservative victory. The ‘Boris bounce’ has already boosted a £100,000 nest-egg invested in the FTSE 100 by a whopping £5,400, according to experts at AJ Bell. But, while great news for those with pensions invested in the stock market, it won’t help the millions … Read more

Getting a good sleeping routine can offset genetic risk of heart disease and stroke

Getting a good sleep routine could cut your chances of heart disease and stroke – even if you’re genetically at-risk, researchers claim.   Scientists calculated a ‘sleep score’ for 385,000 people, based on factors such as how many hours they slept for each night. All of their DNA was then screened to allow experts to compare … Read more

Women are suffering ‘severe pain’ and infection risk because NHS medics leave tampons inside them

Blundering NHS doctors are leaving tampons and surgical swabs inside women for up to FIVE DAYS after they give birth, report reveals A report by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) made the warning It found vaginal swabs had been left inside patients 91 times in three years Women are at high risk of infection … Read more

The world’s most viewed homes for sale on Rightmove

A Spanish villa where One Direction made their debut in an X Factor judge’s house performance and a bulletproof townhouse in New York feature in the most viewed properties on Rightmove this year. All of the five most popular overseas homes for sale on the property website – except one – have a price tag … Read more

Caring for a grandchild helps elderly avoid loneliness, scientists say

Grandparents who take care of their grandchildren ‘are less lonely because looking after little ones expands their social circle’ More than 3,800 grandparents were quizzed on their feelings of loneliness Those with an active role in childcare scored better and had more friends The margins were very slim, but researchers said it was a positive … Read more

The hello house offers neighbours a friendly greeting

Inside the ‘hello’ house: Quirky white brick facade hides a modern haven with a wooden open plan kitchen, two bedrooms and a stunning bathroom The ‘hello’ house is a two-bedroom Victorian-era home and creative studio located in Richmond, Melbourne Most noticeably the property features a large welcoming sign that sparks conversations with neighbours   The original … Read more