Menopause: women’s life circumstances are hardly ever thought about when difficulties during menopause are discussed. Photograph: iStockphoto

Why do so many women use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to cope with the menopause, particularly when it might damage their health? Recent resear(...)

Lena, the western lowland gorilla at Dublin Zoo, breastfed her baby immediately and will continue to do so for up to five years. She “did not need a lactation consultant to urge her to do what is best”. Photograph: Patrick Bolger

The sight of Lena, the western lowland gorilla, cuddling her new-born baby in Dublin Zoo was heart-warming. In media photos she looked pleased with he(...)