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Family query corruption chief Xie Yexin's 'suicide'

The family of a Chinese anti-corruption investigator has demanded an inquiry after authorities claimed he stabbed himself to death several weeks after he was taken off an investigation into a Communist Party official.

Christie Brinkley's anti-ageing range

Christie Brinkley is launching her own skincare range.

Who will pay for your long-term care?

Care fees are set to come under scrutiny on Monday when the Commission on Funding Care and Support – led by economist Andrew Dilnot – will report to Government. The report will make recommendations on how to achieve an affordable and sustainable funding system for care and support.

Susannah Shops: The sweet smell of Sisley

It has taken me no less than 40 years to realise what health experts have known all along: that sunscreens actually work.

Minor British Institutions: Men in shorts

The British male has an invincible compulsion to show a bit of leg, even though it is rarely appropriate, or fetching. Our climate, after all, doesn't often demand drastic lower ventilation; and the most common cut of leg is blobular thigh married to challenged calf, usually of a mortuary or mottled hue. The oft-accompanying socks, too, nod to the knotted handkerchief rather than the sportif (although they do at least cover up the feet).

Video: Sloppy sunscreen habits pose health risk

Experts are warning SPF 15 isn't as effective as researchers say because we aren't using as much sun lotion as they do in the lab tests.

F15 sunscreen 'won't protect against cancer'

Medical journal argues that Nice guidance is inadequate, and warns GPs to be on the lookout for malignant melanoma

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The hub

A new canal boat hire base has opened on the Grand Union Canal, Paddington Arm, at Willow Tree Marina near Greenford, west London.

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Moisturisers 'can aggravate eczema'

Using moisturiser to treat eczema could make the condition worse, scientists have claimed. Ointments such as aqueous cream BP reduce the thickness of healthy skin, aiding irritation, research from Bath University found.

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