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'Morning sickness' linked to healthier babies

2:19pm Wednesday 30th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Morning sickness isn't all bad news: Women battling the condition may have 'healthier, more intelligent babies'," the Daily Mail reports. A review of the evidence found a link between nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and improved pregnancy outcomes…

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Summer treasure hunts

2:01pm Wednesday 30th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Summer treasure hunt - older kids Download and print out our summer treasure hunt - perfect for older children

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Eating more than 5 a day 'brings no extra benefit'

10:17am Wednesday 30th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating more than five a day has 'no extra health benefit'," reports The Independent. The paper reports on a review that combined the results of previous research looking at the effect of increasing the amount of fruit…

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Screens and sleep

3:56pm Tuesday 29th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Tiny area of the brain linked to fear of the future

10:26am Tuesday 29th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression," BBC News reports. UK scientists think they have identified part of the brain responsible for feelings of foreboding. This part of the brain, called the habenula, may also be associated with depression…

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Running 7 minutes a day 'halves heart death risk'

10:00am Tuesday 29th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Running for just a few minutes each day can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease," The Guardian reports. Ultimately, you can't outrun the Grim Reaper. But this news accurately reflects the results of a large long-term US study on health outcomes…

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Exercise in pregnancy

1:39pm Monday 28th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

In this NHS video a midwife talks you through your options so you can find the best type of exercise for your fitness level and stage of pregnancy.  

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Over-60s exercise claim based on just 12 people

11:00am Monday 28th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Two minute of exercise … is enough to boost pensioners' health," the Daily Mirror reports. A pilot study into high intensity training suggests it may be an effective method of combating the effects of ageing…

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Should donor blood be screened for hepatitis E?

10:30am Monday 28th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"One in almost every 3,000 blood donors in England could be infected with hepatitis E, according to a new study," The Times reports. Hepatitis E normally causes only a mild infection that usually clears up by itself without the need for treatment…

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Chat app

8:16am Saturday 26th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Get the Free Netmums Chat App for your device

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101 ideas

3:37pm Friday 25th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Head to the beach - find one near you

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Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

10:40am Friday 25th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports. The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people…

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TV and gaming after work 'leads to feelings of guilt'

10:30am Friday 25th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

'Watching TV after work makes you feel 'guilty’' The Independent reports. The results of an online survey suggest watching TV and playing video games after work to relax could be self-defeating, as the activities trigger feelings of guilt and shame…

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Talking to your baby

3:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Engaging in conversation is the best way to pass on the vital skills of speech and language development, and will also show her how much you love her and how much she interests you, which will boost self-esteem and confidence as she grows. And this advice continues to hold true as your baby grows into a toddler, and then a child. Experts are concerned that so many modern children have poor speech and language skills - they fear it's because their parents just aren't talking to them enough in their early years. So talking (and listening) to our kids is one of our most important roles as parents.

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Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

10:45am Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Deadly Mers virus 'could now be airborne'," The Independent reports. Air samples suggest that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has an estimated 30% case fatality rate, could now be spread through the air...

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Paracetamol 'doesn’t work' for lower back pain

10:30am Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Paracetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill,” BBC News reports. A well-conducted trial casts doubts on the widespread recommendation that paracetamol is an effective treatment for lower back pain…

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Sleep deprivation may affect memory

2:19pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sleep deprived people are more likely to … hold 'false' memories of the past," The Daily Telegraph reports. New results suggest that lack of sleep may make more people more vulnerable to develop certain types of memory problems…

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Umami flavouring 'may help you feel fuller faster'

10:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Always hungry? You need more UMAMI in your life: study finds so-called 'fifth taste' in sauces and meat helps us feel satisfied," reports the Mail Online. Umami is a Japanese term that roughly translates as "pleasant savoury taste"…

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Commonwealth games

10:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Apart from the Olympic Games and Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games is the biggest sporting event in the world. Take a look at our quick Q and A for some basic facts on the Games:

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Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

10:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments…

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Summer reading challenge

10:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Probiotics 'may improve blood pressure'

10:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Eating probiotics may lower blood pressure,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Probiotics, so-called “friendly bacteria”, have been found to moderately reduce blood pressure in a new study…

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HIV 'reservoirs' may form earlier than expected

10:26am Monday 21st July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Early HIV drugs 'may not stop virus'," BBC News reports. The report is based on a study of HIV treatments in monkeys, and has been linked by the BBC to the emergence of HIV in a four-year-old girl thought to have been cured of the virus as the...

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Could new potential treatment mean safer IVF?

6:46am Monday 21st July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dozen babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment," reads today’s headline in The Independent. This headline was based on a new study providing proof of concept that the natural hormone kisspeptin-54 could...

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Childcare awards

11:27am Sunday 20th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Simply find your childcare provider from the categories below in our Childcare section and leave a review by 1st September.

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Birth stories

12:36pm Saturday 19th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

From nervous mums-to-be to proud new parents, we all love to hear about babies being born. If you're expecting your first child, you'll no doubt be wondering what to expect when you finally give birth to your baby.

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Obese women may have 'food learning impairment'

10:30am Friday 18th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Obese women show signs of food learning impairment," is the headline on the BBC News website. It reports on a behavioural study involving 67 individuals of normal weight and 68 obese individuals…

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'More adults should be taking statins,' says NICE

9:40am Friday 18th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

NICE suggests thousands of lives a year could be saved if more adults were offered these cholesterol lowering drugs

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Steroid asthma inhalers restrict children’s growth

10:50am Thursday 17th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children who use inhalable steroids for asthma grow slower than their peers in the first year of taking the medication," The Guardian reports. The effect found by researchers was small, on average a reduction of half a centimetre per year…

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Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

10:25am Thursday 17th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Diabetes could be cured 'in single jab'," is the misleading headline in the Daily Express. The news comes from an exciting new mouse study that found promising results for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. But the study did not show that it would cure…

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