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Zika virus: your questions answered

3:00pm Wednesday 10th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

The World Health Organization reports that the Zika virus has now spread through both South and Central America and expects three to four million people to be infected in 2016. So what is the Zika virus and what steps can you take to protect yourself?

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Paracetamol use in pregnancy and infancy linked to child asthma

1:25pm Wednesday 10th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Babies given paracetamol are nearly a third more likely to develop asthma," the Mail Online reports. The study the news is based on also found a link between maternal use of the painkiller in pregnancy, and childhood asthma…

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New NICE guidelines on sun exposure warn 'tanning is unsafe'

10:00am Wednesday 10th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"No safe way to suntan, new NICE guidance warns," BBC News reports. Though the guidelines also stress the benefits of moderate sun exposure to prevent vitamin D deficiency; which is more common in the UK than many people realise…

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'Bionic spine' could pave the way for new paralysis treatments

3:30pm Tuesday 9th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Bionic spine' could enable paralysed patients to walk using subconscious thought," reports The Guardian. In a study using sheep, Australian researchers have developed a device that can record movement signals…

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Hope that blood test 'could diagnose five types of cancer'

1:30pm Monday 8th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A new blood test that detects five different forms of cancer is one step closer to becoming a reality and could save millions of lives around the world," the Mail Online reports. The test looks for abnormal changes…

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8 jobs mums dream of

10:30am Saturday 6th February 2016 content supplied by Netmums

Some jobs, though, sound like the Holy Grail, offering the key to a happier, easier, more fulfilling life. And when you’ve had a crappy day at work, or are approaching the end of your maternity leave and panicking about how you’re going to cope with being a working mum, it’s easy to fantasise about jacking it all in and following your dreams.

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School boys dresses

1:07pm Friday 5th February 2016 content supplied by Netmums

In most US high schools, there is no school uniform, but pupils are expected to adhere to a dress code.

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Resting bitch face

1:03pm Friday 5th February 2016 content supplied by Netmums

Victoria Beckham, Twilight star Kristen Stewart and actress Anna Kendrick all have RBF, according to scientists at international research and innovation firm Noldus Information Technology. Researchers decided to investigate why some people's 'resting' expression is seen as comfortably neutral while others look downright peed off (despite the fact they're probably just having a think about what to have for tea).

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Could statins treat common cause of vision loss?

12:00pm Friday 5th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Statins could be miracle cure for blindness," reports the Express, following a new study into dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in adults...

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Smoking bans linked to fewer heart attacks and strokes

12:00am Thursday 4th February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

The ban on smoking indoors in public places “has helped save the lives of passive smokers,” says the Daily Mail. The headline refers to a review of the effects of smoking bans, which found fewer admissions to hospitals...

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Just one hour of sitting down may increase diabetes risk by a fifth

2:28pm Wednesday 3rd February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Every extra hour sitting down can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by a fifth," the Daily Mirror reports. The paper reports on a study that looked at the effects of sedentary behaviour on type 2 diabetes risk…

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Weight loss in middle age: A warning sign of dementia?

12:30pm Wednesday 3rd February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"How losing weight in middle age 'could be a sign of dementia'," the Daily Mail reports. A US study suggests there is an association between middle-age weight change and risk of mild cognitive impairment – which can be an early sign of dementia…

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UK regulators give go-ahead for 'embryo editing'

1:28pm Tuesday 2nd February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos," BBC News reports. The UK body that regulates research into embryos…

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Single mums know

10:47am Tuesday 2nd February 2016 content supplied by Netmums

Yes, you have to bear the whole load by yourself, but you’re also the undisputed Number One in your child’s life, and that feels pretty awesome.

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12 types of mum tired

10:39am Tuesday 2nd February 2016 content supplied by Netmums

Sure, our partners come home from work and moan about how knackered they are, but we mums know that they don’t even come close to outstripping us in the tiredness stakes. Because unless you’re a mum, there are some types of tired that you’ll just never understand.

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Young women with high-fibre diet may have lower breast cancer risk

10:28am Tuesday 2nd February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Teenage girls who get their five-a-day cut breast cancer risk by up to 25 per cent," the Daily Mirror reports. A US study suggests that a high-fibre diet based on eating plenty of fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of breast cancer in later life…

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Proton beam therapy 'effective' and 'causes fewer side effects'

1:00pm Monday 1st February 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Proton beam cancer therapy 'effective with fewer side effects'," BBC News reports. A US study found the technique caused fewer side effects than conventional radiotherapy…

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High-flavonoid foods, like berries and apples, 'prevent weight gain'

11:00am Friday 29th January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Get fruity to get fit: Eat more berries to beat a big belly," The Sun reports. The advice is based on the findings of a major new study looking at the effects of foods rich in the compound flavonoid, such as berries and apples, on body weight…

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Sepsis

4:46pm Thursday 28th January 2016 content supplied by Netmums

An NHS England report published this week, found 16 blunders responsible for the death of baby William Mead.

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Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens

11:00am Thursday 28th January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated," The Daily Telegraph reports. A review of patient reports compiled by drug companies suggests risks may have been under-reported…

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New clues that Alzheimer’s may have been spread during surgery

1:30pm Wednesday 27th January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Researchers have reported a second case that suggest [sic] Alzheimer's can be transmitted during medical treatments," the Mail Online reports. Researchers carried out autopsies of seven people who died from Creutzfeld Jakob Disease…

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Pyjamas school run

8:56am Wednesday 27th January 2016 content supplied by Netmums

In the letter to parents, the headteacher writes that she has 'noticed an increasing tendency for parents to escort children while still wearing their pyjamas and, on occasion, even slippers'.

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'Autistic' monkeys created in controversial study

10:30am Tuesday 26th January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Genetically modified (GM) monkeys that develop symptoms of autism have been created to help scientists discover treatments for the condition," The Guardian reports. Chinese researchers used gene editing techniques to create monkeys with autistic traits…

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Playground equipment contains toxic levels of lead paint

1:30pm Monday 25th January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Paint on playground equipment has been found to contain high amounts of the toxin lead – up to 40 times recommended levels," BBC News reports. Researchers sampled levels at 26 playgrounds in the south of England…

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Seasonal affective disorder 'may be a myth', study argues

12:00pm Friday 22nd January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Stop blaming SAD for your bad mood - it doesn't exist! Seasonal changes have 'NO effect on depression'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study found no significant association between lack of sunshine and reported symptoms of depression…

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Paternal depression linked to premature birth

2:00pm Thursday 21st January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Depression in expectant fathers linked to premature births," The Independent reports. A Swedish study found a link between paternal depression occurring for the first time and an increased risk of very premature birth…

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New genetic risk factor for ovarian cancer identified

1:30pm Thursday 21st January 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A faulty gene has been identified that increases the risk of ovarian cancer more than threefold," The Independent reports. The genetic mutation, found in the BRIP1 gene, adds to the known genetic warning signs for ovarian cancer…

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dare to be different

4:35pm Monday 18th January 2016 content supplied by Netmums

When you’re young and trying to fit in, anything that makes you stand out from your friends can be painfully embarrassing, whether you’re the nerd in a class of sporty kids or the only one in your year to wear glasses.

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Ideas for boxing day

4:17pm Friday 25th December 2015 content supplied by Netmums

A winter walk in the country is a great Boxing Day tradition – unless you’ve got kids who act like every single step is torture. Throw in an element of adventure, though, and it’ll stop the whinging in its tracks. We love geocaching – a modern day treasure hunt using your phone or a satnav – for getting that Famous Five vibe with a 21st-century twist.

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reward charts

10:38am Saturday 9th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

We've put together some cute reward simple and more detailed reward charts as well as placemats to colour in, based around pirates, fairies and monsters - you choose.

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    LEWIS / PETERS Richard and Gill Dad and Stepmum are pleased to announce the Engagement of JOANNE