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Meningitis

3:23pm Saturday 20th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

It can be very serious, and sometimes leads to death or permanent disability. In fact half of the 300 or so people who die each year are children under 5. And because it can start very suddenly, it's worth reminding yourself of the symptoms.

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Hyperemesis Gravidarum- acute morning sicknes

9:49am Saturday 20th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Mums 'feel shame' about how they feed their babies

11:00am Friday 19th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mothers are made to feel 'marginalised and ashamed' when they breastfeed in public, according to an international study," the Mail Online reports. But the same study found mothers who bottlefeed also feel subject to criticism…

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'Angelina Jolie effect' doubled breast gene tests

10:30am Friday 19th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Referrals to breast cancer clinics more than doubled in the UK after Angelina Jolie announced she had had a double mastectomy,” BBC News reports. NHS services saw a sharp rise in referrals from women worried about their family history of breast cancer…

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Chokeberry extract 'boosts pancreas cancer chemo'

10:30am Thursday 18th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Wild berries native to North America may have a role in boosting cancer therapy,” BBC News reports. It has been found that chokeberries may help increase the powers of chemotherapy drugs in pancreatic cancer...

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Do artificial sweeteners raise diabetes risk?

10:00am Thursday 18th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists," reports The Guardian. But before you go clearing your fridge of diet colas, the research in question – extensive as it was – was mainly in mice…

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Eczema

8:18am Thursday 18th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

The number of babies and children suffering from skin allergies and sensitivity has increased in recent years and although we don't have any solid conclusions as to why this has happened, it's most likely to do with rising levels of chemicals in our homes, clothes and products. Un-surprisingly, the key culprits are the everyday items we use such as bubble bath, sun lotions, soaps and washing powder. Skin allergies can also be sparked off by allergic reactions to house dust mites, pollen or chlorine.

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Cosmetics blamed for raised child asthma risk

10:10am Wednesday 17th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Chemicals in make-up and perfumes fuelling rise in children with asthma," reports the Mail Online. One scientist, the website claims, suggests that women should take measures such as checking the contents of their make-up and avoiding using…

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HPV urine test could screen for cervical cancer

10:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A simple urine test which can detect the human papilloma virus (HPV) could offer women a much less invasive alternative to cervical cancer screening," The Independent reports. Research found urine-based testing…

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Sugar intake guideline 'needs lowering'

11:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sugar intake must be slashed further, say scientists," BBC News reports. A new study suggests that lowering the recommended limit to less than 3% would improve public dental health…

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Brain scans offer fresh insights into ADHD

10:50am Tuesday 16th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Doctors could soon diagnose ADHD in children with a brain scan," is the over-exuberant headline from the Mail Online. The underlying research, based on comparing the brain scans of 133 people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)…

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Jeans for Genes

9:10am Tuesday 16th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Special connections

2:44am Tuesday 16th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

The Netmums Meet a Mum board helps hundreds of mums connect with other mums all over the UK every week. Whether they are looking to meet another mum that speaks their language, a mum with children the same age to have a coffee with or maybe an activity buddy to go running with, new connections are made up and down the country both online and in real life every single day. Together with our friends at Genetic Disorders UK we've created a brand new way for mums to find other mums to make a Special Connection with too. 

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'Rebooted' stem cells may lead to new treatments

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have managed to 'reset' human stem cells," the Mail Online reports. It is hoped studying these cells will provide more information about the mechanics of early human development…

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Could meditation help combat migraines?

10:00am Monday 15th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Daily meditation may be the most effective way of tackling migraine,” the Daily Express reports. This headline is not justified as it was based on a small pilot study involving just 19 people. It showed that an eight-week "mindfulness-based…

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Your Baby's 6 - 8 week check

10:05am Sunday 14th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Before she's two months old your baby will be offered a medical once-over, usually referred to as the six to eight week check, or general review. Although the vast majority of a babies will be absolutely fine, it's a vital chance to pick up a number of potential health problems that could benefit from early treatment.

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Preschoolers

8:50pm Saturday 13th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Pregnant drinking may harm kids' mental health

9:29am Friday 12th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Binge drinking ONCE during pregnancy can damage your child's mental health and school results," says the Mail Online. The headline follows an analysis of results from...

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Weight discrimination study fuels debate

8:41am Friday 12th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

Much of the media has reported that discriminatory "fat shaming" makes people who are overweight eat more, rather than less. The Daily Mail describes how...

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People may be addicted to eating rather than food

10:30am Thursday 11th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Food is not addictive ... but eating is: Gorging is psychological compulsion, say experts,” the Mail Online reports. The news follows an article in which scientists argue that – unlike drug addiction...

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Bacteria found in honey may help fight infection

10:00am Thursday 11th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Bacteria found in honeybee stomachs could be used as alternative to antibiotics," reports The Independent. The world desperately needs new antibiotics to counter the growing threat of bacteria developing resistance...

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Hundreds report waking up during surgery

10:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“At least 150, and possible several thousand, patients a year are conscious while they are undergoing operations,” The Guardian reports. A report suggests “accidental awareness” during surgery occurs in around one in 19,000 operations...

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Prescription sleeping pills linked to increased Alzheimer’s risk

9:30am Wednesday 10th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Prescription sleeping pills … can raise chance of developing Alzheimer's by 50%,” reports the Mail Online. This headline is based on a study comparing the past use of benzodiazepines, such as diazepam and temazepam...

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Sibling bullying linked to young adult depression

10:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Being bullied regularly by a sibling could put children at risk of depression when they are older,” BBC News reports. A new UK study followed children from birth to early adulthood. Analysis of more than 3,000 children found…

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Regular walking breaks 'protect arteries'

9:29am Tuesday 9th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Just a five-minute walk every hour helps protect against damage of sitting all day," the Mail Online reports. Researchers found that people who took five-minute “standing breaks” every hour had improved blood flow…

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Ebola vaccine hope after successful animal study

9:29am Monday 8th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Hopes for an effective Ebola vaccine have been raised after trials of an experimental jab found that it gave monkeys long-term protection," The Guardian reports. An initial animal study found that a new vaccine boosted immunity…

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Wearing a bra 'doesn't raise breast cancer risk'

11:00pm Sunday 7th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Scientists believe they have answered the decades long debate on whether wearing a bra can increase your risk of cancer,” reports The Daily Telegraph. There is an "urban myth" that wearing a bra disrupts the workings of the lymphatic system…

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