Change is in the air: time to plan ahead One of the biggest pressure points can be the change in routine. Mealtimes, bedtimes, everything changes in one fell swoop at the end of August. Photograph: Getty Images

New beginnings can be stressful at this time of year but anticipating change and starting new habits in advance will help

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Low-cost ‘polypill’ reduces risk of heart disease, study finds The polypill contained aspirin, a statin and two drugs to lower blood pressure. Stock photograph: Getty Images

Treatment found to be more effective than receiving only lifestyle advice

‘People were gone demented . . . I’ll never travel on Irish Rail again’ The Webbs: Frances,  Jamie and Samantha  from Ballyhaunis, Mayo on the platform. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Stressed or irate passengers describe overcrowding chaos as network pushed to capacity

Tips to turn your home smart Installing a smart meter will give you control of your heating and hot water, anytime, anywhere. Photograph: iStock

You don’t have to spend a fortune on the latest appliances – small changes can make a big difference

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