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Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis

12:00pm Friday 3rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have, for the first time, managed to successfully "smuggle" healthy copies of genes into the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis…

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Festivals with kids

8:00am Friday 3rd July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

...because they'll meet so many great people Let's face it, festivals are the one place on earth where people come together for a totally brilliant time and nothing else.

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Stay safe in the sun

12:24pm Thursday 2nd July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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'Sleeping on it' may not be best after traumatic event

11:00am Thursday 2nd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Staying awake may be the best way to stop disturbing flashbacks," the Daily Mail reports. A psychological experiment carried out at Oxford University suggests that sleep may actually help embed traumatic events in the memory…

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Orange juice and grapefruit linked to melanoma skin cancer

1:30pm Wednesday 1st July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking a glass of orange juice or eating a fresh grapefruit for breakfast may increase the risk of skin cancer," the Mail Online reports. A US study did find a small increase in the risk of melanoma, but the benefits of unsweetened fruit juice…

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Cyber bullying

1:40pm Tuesday 30th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Sugary drinks killing 'hundreds of thousands', study estimates

1:00pm Tuesday 30th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year, says study,” The Independent reports. This is the alarming claim of researchers who created a model of sugary drink-related deaths based on global consumption rates…

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Report warns of threat to unborn babies from CMV virus

11:00am Tuesday 30th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Thousands of pregnant women are unwittingly passing on infections to their unborn babies that cause severe disabilities," is the headline in the Daily Mail after a new report highlighted the risks cytomegalovirus (CMV) can pose to pregnancies…

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Camping

9:00pm Monday 29th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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GP receptionists 'could help prevent stroke deaths'

12:10pm Monday 29th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Teaching doctors' receptionists to spot the warning signs of strokes could save thousands of lives a year," the Daily Mail reports. Educating staff about the warning signs of a stroke, such as a droopy face and speaking…

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'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

11:00am Monday 29th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies…

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Nub theory

8:08am Sunday 28th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Read on to find out more about the nub theory and join the chat over on our Coffee House where many other mums-to-be are uploading their scan photos and having fun using the nub theory to guess what sex baby they are having. 

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Starting secondary school

1:12pm Saturday 27th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Secondary school: what to expect We hope that by taking into account some practical and emotional considerations about your child's secondary school education you'll both be able to negotiate the transition with ease and enjoy this milestone event.

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Your first day back at work

1:48pm Friday 26th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

You want to arrive at work cheerful, calm and unflustered, but you’ll probably have more to do before you get there than most of your colleagues do in a week! Cut down on stress by making a plan for each stage of your first morning, from getting yourself ready, to dealing with child care, to getting to work and the things you need to do when you get there.

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Antidepressant use in menopause linked to broken bones

12:30pm Friday 26th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Taking antidepressants like Prozac to counter mood changes in menopause 'raises risk of broken bones'," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests that using SSRIs during the menopause may significantly increase the risk of bone fracture…

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Women with history of stillbirth at 'high risk of another'

12:00pm Friday 26th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Women who suffer stillbirths are four times more likely to suffer the tragedy again,” the Daily Mirror reports. Researchers warn that women with a history of stillbirth should be regarded as being at high risk of another...

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Picnic recipes

3:12pm Thursday 25th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Some health food brands may 'do more harm than good' claim

11:30am Thursday 25th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"How so-called 'healthy' snacks could do more harm than good," the Mail Online reports, after a US study found that people who were presented with a food branded as healthy were then less likely to exercise as hard as people offered a normal food option…

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No evidence 'cocktail of everyday chemicals' causes cancer

11:00am Thursday 25th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Fifty everyday chemicals…could be combining to increase our risk of cancer," the Mail Online reports. However, a major review into chemicals commonly found in the environment found no proof that these chemicals were definitely increasing cancer risk…

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Mushroom supplement could be one way to tackle obesity

1:30pm Wednesday 24th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A mushroom used for centuries in Chinese medicine reduces weight gain in animals," BBC News reports. A supplement from the Ganoderma lucidum mushroom reduced weight gain by altering bacteria inside the digestive system of mice…

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Elderly living near noisy roads have 'increased stroke risk'

12:00pm Wednesday 24th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Living in a neighbourhood with noisy road traffic may…increase the risk of stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers looked at noise levels across London and found a link...

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Breastfeeding

8:20am Wednesday 24th June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

A great way of getting to grips with breastfeeding is to look at some videos on it. We have a whole page of useful videos covering everything from the first breastfeed to help and support with getting the right latch. You'll see films from four pregnant mums who are planning to breastfeed. 

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Holiday playschemes and clubs

4:16pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Could a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

12:00pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A 'smart' insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check," the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice...

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A case report about skinny jeans sparks media frenzy

11:00am Tuesday 23rd June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Russell Brand and Kate Moss take note – skinny jeans are bad for your health," The Guardian reports. A new case report has told the story of a woman who had to be hospitalised due to nerve damage caused by prolonged squatting in skinny jeans…

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Being a 'couch potato' linked to increased anxiety risk

12:30pm Monday 22nd June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being a couch potato is bad for your mental health," the Mail Online reports. However, the evidence gathered by a new review is not as clear-cut as the headline would lead you to believe…

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Drinking plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

12:00pm Monday 22nd June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

Sorry to be party poopers but The Daily Telegraph’s headline "How to lose weight - drink plenty of red wine," is simply nonsense. The study it reports on did not involve red wine and was carried out on mice, not humans…

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Meningitis B vaccine 'available from September'

10:45am Monday 22nd June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"All newborn babies in England and Scotland are to be offered a vaccine to combat meningitis B from September," BBC News reports. This will be the world’s first publicly funded vaccination programme for the potentially fatal disease…

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Weighing yourself every day may help with weight loss

11:30am Friday 19th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Stepping on the scales every day could be the key to weight loss, a study has found," the Mail Online reports. This report was based on a US study which suggested daily weighing can lead to a small, though sustainable, loss in weight...

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New chlamydia vaccine shows promise after being tested on mice

11:00pm Thursday 18th June 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Researchers in the United States say they have developed a vaccine that can protect against chlamydia,” The Independent reports. Initial results in mice have shown promise…

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