Beware jeans, avoid the gutter, keep your saddle dry … 10 tips to make...

Desperate to get the country moving again, the government is promising a new era for cyclists, with pop-up bike lanes, car-free corridors and major investment to make roads safer across the UK. It just goes to show that sometimes you have to be forced to see the light. My own cycling conversion happened back in…

How Can Seniors Improve Their Immune Systems?

The immune system is the body’s best defense against illnesses. As we age, our bodies become more vulnerable to germs and illnesses.Seniors have fewer immune cells and take longer to recover from injuries and infections.By improving their immune systems, older adults can give themselves the best fighting chance against viral diseases.For those 65 and older,…

Egyptian father to stand trial on charges of forced FGM of three daughters

Egypt’s public prosecutor has ordered the immediate trial of a father on charges of forcing his three young daughters to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), after he told them they were going to be vaccinated against coronavirus. The doctor involved will also go on trial.The procedure was banned in 2008 and criminalised in 2016.The man…

Hints From Heloise: Bootleg beans a la Heloise

Dear Heloise: I've heard about your "Bootleg Beans," and it seemed like a recipe my family would enjoy. Would you please reprint this recipe?— Shirley in OregonShirley in Oregon: I’d love to! You’ll need:3 strips of bacon1 small onion, chopped1 can of pork and beans in tomato sauce1 tablespoon packed brown sugar2 to 3 tablespoons…

Vitamin K found in some cheeses could help fight Covid-19, study suggests

Patients who have died or been admitted to intensive care with Covid-19 have been found to be deficient in a vitamin found in spinach, eggs, and hard and blue cheeses, raising hopes that dietary change might be one part of the answer to combating the disease.Researchers studying patients who were admitted to the Canisius Wilhelmina…

From going grey to hand washing: 12 lockdown habits we’re going to keep

In Australia social gatherings are back on the agenda, intrastate travel is permissible; playgrounds have reopened, and so have restaurants.At the beginning of lockdown, we were told Shakespeare wrote King Lear while sheltering from a plague; we were told we would eat, and eat again; and we were told – many times – that life…

‘We sold eight bikes in 20 minutes!’ Will the cycling boom last?

It takes Sarah Cain, a medical secretary at the Callington Road hospital in Bristol, 40 minutes to get to work. Correction: it took Sarah Cain 40 minutes to get to work – until the day we speak, when it took 16 minutes. Because Cain, who previously walked to work, has got herself a bike. “It…

Harm from drinking alcohol at home spikes in Australia amid coronavirus

The director of emergency medicine research at one of Australia’s busiest hospitals says she has seen “extreme examples of people with severe alcohol dependency and intoxication” throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and that while less people are being harmed due to alcohol-related street and bar injuries and accidents, more harm is occurring in homes.Prof Diana Egerton-Warburton,…

Working out with my kids is so good I’m never going back to the...

My gym is reopening next weekend. They’ve got stringent social distancing measures in place and they’re really looking forward to welcoming me back (or so they say in their email). But it doesn’t matter how much hand sanitiser is available – I won’t be going back. I’m not the only Australian defecting from the gym. A…

It’s hard to find a fix for my faulty Brompton bicycle

I’m an NHS worker who was inspired to buy a Brompton bike after using one through its Wheels for Heroes campaign during lockdown. I purchased it online through Cycle Republic, which is owned by Halfords. Within the first week the connecting chain to the gear hub fell off while I was cycling to work. I…
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