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12:36pm Saturday 28th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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World Book Day

3:29pm Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Primary schools usually tie in with World Book Day in some way, and most distribute the £1 book tokens. There may be other special events happening, such as book fairs, or a visits from famous authors or local writers - they may read to the children or hold a special book signing event. 

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Healthy older adults carry leukaemia mutations

1:00pm Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"DNA develops to acquire genetic mutations linked with cancer as you get older," The Independent reports. A study of samples of blood cells found that DNA in older people began to acquire mutations associated with leukaemia…

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Does deadly diet drug DNP defeat diabetes?

11:30am Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A chemical [DNP] which caused munitions factory workers to lose weight inexplicably in the First World War could cure diabetes," The Daily Telegraph reports. The banned weight loss drug looked effective and safe when given in a modified form to rats…

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Baby formula guide

4:16pm Thursday 26th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

It can be confusing when you see some brands say they support your baby's immune system, and others claim to be gentle on his digestion although the evidence for this is open to question.

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Over two hours screen time a day may raise a child’s blood pressure

11:50am Thursday 26th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Watching TV for more than two hours a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children," The Daily Telegraph reports. A large study, involving more than 5,000 children who were followed up over two years…

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Longer sleep linked to stroke

11:00am Thursday 26th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People who sleep more than eight hours are more likely to have a stroke," The Independent reports. After pooling data from previous research, researchers estimate that people who regularly sleep more than eight hours a day have a 46% higher risk…

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'Game changer' HIV drug cuts infection risk by 86%

1:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%," The Independent reports. The drug, Truvada, has proved very successful in a "real-world" trial…

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Depression linked to violent crime

10:30am Wednesday 25th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Depressed people are three times more likely to commit a violent crime," the Daily Mirror reports. Research into Swedish crime and medical data found that depression was linked with an increased risk of a person committing a violent crime…

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Having a membrane sweep

4:17pm Tuesday 24th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

This involves your midwife manually stimulating your cervix to release hormones called prostaglandins which usually trigger labour.

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Anger possibly linked with non-fatal heart attacks

7:32am Tuesday 24th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Plate-throwing rage' raises heart attack risk nearly 10 fold," The Daily Telegraph reports, slightly inaccurately. This headline reports on a study that found that just seven out of 313 people had felt "very angry"...

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Many deaths of mentally ill in custody 'avoidable'

4:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Hundreds of deaths in mental health units 'were avoidable'," says a report on the front page of today’s Independent. The Guardian highlights 662 mentally ill detainee deaths from 2010 to 2013...

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Media overstates dementia benefits of Mediterranean diet

3:55pm Monday 23rd February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New diet to fight dementia," claims the Sunday Express, somewhat predictably, while The Independent reports: "Mediterranean diet could help beat dementia". Despite the media focus...

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New HPV vaccine may protect against 90% of cervical cancers

1:30pm Friday 20th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New HPV vaccine stops 90% of cervical cancers," the Mail Online reports. The vaccine, which protects against nine common strains of the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), has proved both safe and effective in a study involving 14,000 women…

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Sunlight UV damage to skin persists even after dark

12:00pm Friday 20th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Moving immediately into the shade does not stop sun damage, as UV rays can continue damaging skin cells hours after exposure," The Guardian reports. A study has found evidence that damage to DNA can continue after initial exposure…

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KitchenAid competition

1:41pm Thursday 19th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Lakeland offer a range of over 4000 products, from quality kitchen equipment and storage solutions, to beautiful gift ideas for all the family. Whether you’re serious about baking, looking to refresh your pots and pans or just starting out, Lakeland have everything you need, and if they've made it into the Lakeland range, you can be sure they'll be long-lasting and offer great value for money.

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Nanoparticles used to treat damaged arteries

1:00pm Thursday 19th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New trials suggest microscopic stealth drones could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries," The Daily Telegraph, somewhat overexcitedly, reports. A study in mice has found promising results for a targeted treatment…

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Researchers may have unmasked mystery of cannabis 'munchies'

11:30am Thursday 19th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cannabis 'munchies' explained by new study," The Guardian reports. "Munchies" is widely used slang for a common effect of cannabis: sudden hunger pangs, even if a user has just eaten. A new study set out to find why cannabis causes increased appetite…

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Menopausal symptoms 'last longer' than previously thought

4:00pm Wednesday 18th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Menopause lasts 'up to 14 years'," the Daily Mail reports, with The Daily Telegraph reporting a similar figure – but according to The Guardian, it's "12 years"…

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World book day costume ideas

3:24pm Wednesday 18th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

To get you starteds on making that perfect party otufit, all you really need is a little inspiration. Whatever the occasion, check these out for some fab but simple party costume ideas:

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Impact of daytime naps on children's sleep quality uncertain

11:30am Wednesday 18th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Daytime naps ‘should stop at the age of two’: Children have poorer quality sleep if they rest during the afternoon,” is the inaccurate headline on the Mail Online…

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Daddy cool

11:13am Wednesday 18th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Plain packaging 'may help smokers to cut down'

4:05pm Tuesday 17th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Plain packaging reduced unconscious triggers to smoke," BBC News reports. This claim is based on two related experiments where smokers were either exposed to a picture of a branded pack of cigarettes, a picture of a plain pack...

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Molecule could protect against Alzheimer's disease

10:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Alzheimer's breakthrough: scientists home in on molecule which halts development of disease," The Daily Telegraph reports. The so-called "chaperone molecule", known as "Brichos", helps prevent the clumping of proteins…

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Media heralds the discovery of 'infidelity gene'

12:00pm Monday 16th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women are more likely to cheat on their partner if they carry the ‘infidelity gene'," the Mail Online reports. The "infidelity gene", a variant of the AVPR1A gene, may be associated with female sexual infidelity, researchers have found…

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Nursery rhyme videos

11:39am Monday 16th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Old Macdonald - LittleBabyBum

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Super-strength 'skunk' cannabis linked to psychosis

10:00am Monday 16th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

" 'Skunk-like cannabis' increases risk of psychosis, study suggests," BBC News reports after a new study found high-potency strains of "skunk" cannabis – infamous for both its strength and its pungent smell – could be linked to one in four cases of…

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