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Festivals

4:15pm Tuesday 15th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Before I take you through my top tips you might want to consider a day ticket rather than going the whole hog. I think it's the best introduction to the workings of a festival; you can see how the kids last, test boredom and patience thresholds, and know that you've got the comfort of your own bed and bathroom at the end of the day to look forward to!

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Eating chocolate probably won’t save your marriage

10:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“As blood glucose levels plummet, aggression levels rise, and people take it out on those closest to them,” The Daily Telegraph reports.

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Salt cuts have 'saved lives,' says study

9:20am Tuesday 15th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cutting back on salt does save lives," is the good news on the front page of the Daily Mail. The headline is based on a study of data obtained from the Health Survey for England, the National Diet and Nutrition Survey, and the Office for National…

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Benefits over Easter

4:20pm Monday 14th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

1. When are Easter payments made? If your Tax Credit payment is due on 18th April (Good Friday) then you will receive it on the 17th. 

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Could statins also protect against dementia?

11:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Heart pills taken by millions of people in Britain could dramatically reduce the risk of dementia," the Daily Express reports. A study from Taiwan has found an association between statin use and reduced dementia risk…

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Toddler tantrums

4:19pm Sunday 13th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Tantrums typically start from about 18 months or earlier and one in five two-year-olds has a temper tantrum every day. They are a sign that your child is learning that they can assert themselves and have some control over their surroundings and the people around them, especially parents. This can feel very challenging as your once happy, co-operative child starts to fling themselves to the floor, scream, shout and perhaps throw things in a fit of rage. Tantrums reach a peak at about age two, generally once your child can talk more they’re less likely to have tantrums. By the age of four, tantrums are far less common.

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How to ride a bike

4:18pm Saturday 12th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Does your little one know how to ride a bike? Our great video from mum and TV presenter Katy Hill shows you how to easily teach your child to ride a bike without stabilisers. Simply click the arrow below to see step-by-step what to do. Katy has some great tips to make learning to ride a bike easy, pain-free and quick. Soon you can enjoy family outings, riding your bikes together. 

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Gardening with children

4:17pm Friday 11th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

  Gardening has loads of other things going for it too! It's a healthy, outdoor activity which will keep them away from slumping in front of their computer games and it's something that you can plan and enjoy doing together. All the parenting experts tell us that, to bond happily with your children, you need to find an activity that you as adults enjoy as much as the children.

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No way to reliably identify low-risk prostate cancer

10:30am Friday 11th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Men with prostate cancer being given 'false hope',” The Daily Telegraph reports. UK researchers have examined the accuracy of different methods that have sometimes been used (mostly outside the UK)…

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Lab-grown vaginas successfully implanted

11:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Doctors implant lab-grown vagina" is the headline on the BBC News website, reporting on the latest breakthrough in the increasingly exciting field of tissue engineering. In this latest study, tissue engineering was used to develop a vagina…

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Theme parks guide

8:59pm Thursday 10th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

There are hundreds of theme parks up and down the country so in addition to the big name parks such as Alton Towers and Legoland, you'll find details for a host of other attractions in our Theme Park listings.

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Effectiveness of Tamiflu and Relenza questioned

9:25am Thursday 10th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Ministers blew £650 MILLION on useless anti-flu drugs,” the Daily Mail reports. The paper cites a large study, which investigated the effectiveness of the antiviral drugs Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir).

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Home HIV testing kits now legal in UK

9:00am Thursday 10th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Kits allowing people to test themselves for HIV at home can be bought over the counter in the UK for the first time,” BBC News recently reported. The UK government has amended the law so “do it yourself” home testing kits…

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Add your hospital review

4:12pm Wednesday 9th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Does paying drug users boost hep B jab uptake?

9:30am Wednesday 9th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Heroin addicts are being 'bribed' with £30 in shopping vouchers for agreeing to undergo vaccinations," The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mail said addicts were to get a "£10 supermarket 'bribe' to stay clear of…

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Painkiller use linked to irregular heartbeat

11:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Painkillers used by millions of Britons have been linked to higher risk of an irregular heartbeat that could trigger a stroke,” the Mail Online reports.

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Baby feeding guide

8:52pm Tuesday 8th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Our friends at the wonderful charity Best Beginnings have kindly allowed us to feature five sample chapters from their Bump to Breastfeeding film that will help you if you are planning to breastfeed. Best Beginnings has a down-to-earth attitude to support for new mums and we think the films will help to answer your questions, such as...

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Could a blood test be used to detect lung cancer?

7:14am Tuesday 8th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Simple blood test could soon diagnose if patient has cancer and how advanced it is," reports the Mail Online. But this is a rather premature headline given the early stage of the research that the news is based on...

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Incorrect claims gambling is caused by brain damage

6:15am Tuesday 8th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“The gambler’s fallacy explained? Misguided belief in the big win just around the corner could be down to brain damage,” The Independent incorrectly reported. The news is based on a small experimental study...

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Baby names

10:48am Monday 7th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

There are few decisions more important in life than choosing a name for your new baby boy or girl. Check out the 4,300+ baby names in The Netmums Real Baby Name Guide. Find boys names and girls names, their meanings and origins, and find out what the baby names you love mean to others. Plus make a list of your favourite names and ask other Netmums what they think of your choices. If you're looking for inspiration for baby names take a look at our ideas below, from traditional favourites to unusual, celebrity-inspired names. 

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Milk may slow progression of knee osteoarthritis

11:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Milk could be the key to beating crippling arthritis," reports the Daily Express, while the Daily Mail adds that, "A glass of milk a day keeps arthritis at bay". Both headlines are potentially misleading. The study the…

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Emergency childbirth

4:00pm Sunday 6th April 2014 content supplied by Netmums

In the rare event of a baby arriving quickly, you should not try to “deliver” the baby; the birth will happen naturally without intervention. Your role is to comfort and listen to the wishes of the mother and care for her and her baby. A woman who goes into labour unexpectedly or early may be very anxious. You will need to reassure her and make her comfortable. Miscarriage, however, is potentially serious because there is a risk of severe bleeding.

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Review recommends plain cigarette packs

12:00pm Friday 4th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“The government has announced its support for the introduction of standardised cigarette packets, following a review,” BBC News reports. The review concludes that plain packaging would have a positive impact on public health.

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Is frequent mouthwash use linked to oral cancer?

10:55am Friday 4th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Experts warn using mouthwash more than twice a day can give you cancer," the Daily Mirror reports. The news comes from a European study that compared the oral health and dental hygiene of 1,963 people diagnosed with cancers of the mouth, throat…

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Vegetarians have 'poorer quality of life' study claims

9:30am Friday 4th April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Vegetarians are 'less healthy and have a lower quality of life than meat-eaters’,'' The Independent reports. A study from Austria suggests there is an association between a vegetarian diet and an increased risk of certain chronic diseases…

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Can warm-water exercise help high blood pressure?

10:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Working out in warm water could be a radical new cure for high blood pressure," the Mail Online reports. Results of a small study suggest that "hot aquarobics" may benefit people who had failed to respond to conventional treatment for high blood…

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Ketamine tested as severe depression treatment

11:00pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“The illegal party drug ketamine is an ‘exciting’ and ‘dramatic’ new treatment for depression,” BBC News reports. A small study found that some people with severe depression responded well to the drug...

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