Friend, not enema – spa life the easy way

Nicola Sturzaker takes a spa break at Grayshott and finds more gain than pain

Climbdown over plan to vet contact with children

Nationwide outrage kills off scheme that could have criminalised millions of innocent helpers

Penis implant brings hopes to thousands

An unusual organ implant grown in the laboratory and rigorously tested on highly-sexed male rabbits could bring new hope to thousands of men.

Indra Nooyi: No woman should die while bringing new life into this world

Where I was born in India, pregnant women receive months of pampering from their mothers and other family members. Because my mother received this care during her pregnancy with me, she was there to give me the same treatment when I gave birth to my two children in the United States.

Why fear of flying is just plane stupid

Treat it as the irrational terror it truly is and travelling will be a breeze, one expert tells air phobic Tim Walker

Relax your way to perfect health

Cutting-edge scientific research now proves what the yogis have always known: deep relaxation can have a profound effect on a wide range of medical conditions. Anastasia Stephens reports

Snackers won't fork out for knives

It was once assumed that a knife and fork always went together - but research out today suggests the cutlery double act is being split up.

National Express agrees debt buffer with banks

National Express has struck a deal with banks to delay for six months a tightening of the terms governing its £1.2bn debt mountain.

Debenhams raises £323m in share sale

The department store Debenhams moved decisively to take its debt pile off the agenda yesterday with a placing and open offer to raise £323m, ending months of speculation.

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Shearer seeks advice of local heroes

Alan Shearer has spoken to Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish and Sir Bobby Robson in this his first full week of management and the message from the former Newcastle managers was: "Welcome to the mad house." As if to illustrate the difficulties of the job, Shearer revealed that he may be forced into playing Damien Duff at left-back in the crucial relegation battle at Stoke City tomorrow evening.

India poised to relax laws on foreign direct investment

New guidelines could allow multi-brand Western firms to scale up operations

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