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Surviving toddler groups

4:29pm Wednesday 27th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

1. AHHHH! I don't want to go on my own... Who knew that walking into a room full of adults chatting and toddlers playing could be abso-freakin'-lutely terrifying? But it is. It really, really is.

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Modified herpes virus 'could combat skin cancer'

1:00pm Wednesday 27th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus," The Guardian reports. A new study suggests a novel form of immunotherapy could be effective for treating some cases of advanced skin cancer...

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Mum's guide to surviving half term

12:19pm Wednesday 27th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Judging by comments from some of our Netmums, a number of you out there dread the half term holidays. 

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Combined contraceptive pills 'increase risk of blood clots'

8:48am Wednesday 27th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women who take the latest generation of contraceptive pills are at a greater risk of potentially lethal blood clots," The Times reports. Though while the increase in risk is statistically significant, it is very small in terms of individual risk…

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Mum's guide to Minecraft

4:27pm Tuesday 26th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

We hate to break it to you, but Minecraft isn't going anywhere. It's constantly evolving, so the chances of your child getting bored are about as likely as them voluntarily offering to take a screen break to do the dishes. Trust us – we’ve been waiting for five years.

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Obesity in teen boys may increase bowel cancer risk in later life

1:00pm Tuesday 26th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Teenage boys who become very obese may double their risk of getting bowel cancer by the time they are in their 50s," The Guardian reports. A Swedish study found a strong association between teenage obesity and bowel cancer risk in later adulthood…

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new mum indignities

4:15pm Monday 25th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

There are few times in life when you're obliged to talk about your toilet habits quite so openly as you do in the first days after a birth. And few times you're expected to talk about it In front of an audience i.e. the other women in the maternity ward, with no choice but to listen as your midwife grills you on whether you've pooed or not that day. Whispering a reply doesn't help either - she just repeats what you said, even louder. Sigh.

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Getting organised for a birthday party

4:05pm Saturday 23rd May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Take a look at our helpful party checklists. They are printable so keep them somewhere visible, give yourself plenty of time to tick off the different tasks and we guarantee that planning your child’s party will be a stress-free - and, dare we say, fun - experience!

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Holidays and parties mean we may drink more than we think

1:48pm Friday 22nd May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The amount of alcohol people in England drink has been underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine a week," BBC News reports…

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Quarter of sun-exposed skin samples had DNA mutations

12:00pm Friday 22nd May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

A sobering BBC News headline greets sun worshippers on the eve of the spring bank holiday: "More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer"…

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Claudia speaks out

3:58pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Claudia says she regrets dressing her eight year old daughter Matilda in a fancy dress costume bought from a supermarket. Matilda was dressed up as a witch for Halloween in a long flowing skirt, hat, cape and stripy tights, which cost about £5. The outfit was set alight by a candle as they were out trick or treating.

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Minor ailment scheme doesn't provide free Calpol for all

2:00pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Thousands discover Calpol has been free on NHS 'for years' as mum's Facebook post goes viral," the Daily Mirror reports. This and other similar headlines were prompted by a post made on the social networking site Facebook…

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Is paracetamol use in pregnancy harmful for male babies?

1:48pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus," The Guardian reports. Researchers found evidence that taking paracetamol for seven days may lower the amount of testosterone testicular tissue can produce…

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Mildly cold weather 'more deadly' than heatwaves or very cold snaps

1:00pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mildly cold, drizzly days far deadlier than extreme temperatures," The Independent reports. An international study looking at weather-related deaths estimated that moderate cold killed far more people than extremely hot or cold temperatures…

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Links between hay fever, asthma and prostate cancer inconclusive

1:00pm Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men with hay fever are more likely to have prostate cancer – but those with asthma are more likely to survive it," the Daily Mirror reports. Those were the puzzling and largely inconclusive findings of a new study looking at these three conditions...

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Children of the 90s more likely to be overweight or obese

12:48pm Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children of the 90s are three times as likely to be obese as their parents and grandparents," the Mail Online reports. A UK survey looking at data from 1946 to 2001…

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coolest professor

9:14am Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Festivals

4:15pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Before I take you through my top tips you might want to consider a day ticket rather than going the whole hog. I think it's the best introduction to the workings of a festival; you can see how the kids last, test boredom and patience thresholds, and know that you've got the comfort of your own bed and bathroom at the end of the day to look forward to!

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Stem cells could provide a treatment for a 'broken heart'

2:00pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Heartbreak' stem cells could repair damage of heart attack," The Daily Telegraph reports. Research in mice suggests that stem cells could repair the damage to muscles that occur during a heart attack and relieve symptoms of heart failure…

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Bioengineering advances raise fears of 'home-brew heroin'

12:00pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Daily Mirror carries the alarming headline that, "Heroin made in home-brew beer kits could create epidemic of hard drug abuse". It says scientists are "calling for urgent action to prevent criminal gangs gaining access…

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mumbod

8:14pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

So here they are in all their glory, introducing the mumbod...

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No proof orange juice boosts brain power

1:00pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking orange juice every day could improve brain power in the elderly, research shows," the Mail Online reports. Despite the encouraging words from the media, the small study this headline is based on does not provide strong evidence that an…

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Drug combination for cystic fibrosis looks promising

12:00pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A 'groundbreaking' new therapy for cystic fibrosis could hugely improve patients' quality of life," The Daily Telegraph reports after a combination of two drugs – lumacaftor and ivacaftor – was found to improve lung function…

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Does holding your breath during an injection make it less painful?

12:00pm Friday 15th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Hate injections? Holding your breath can make the pain of jabs more bearable," the Mail Online reports. A team of Spanish researchers mechanically squeezed the fingernails of 38 willing volunteers to cause them pain…

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Single mothers have 'worse health in later life'

11:30am Friday 15th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Single mothers more likely to suffer ill health, study finds," The Independent reports. A study involving over 25,000 women found evidence that single mothers were more likely to report ill health and be affected by disability…

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Cannabis-extract pills 'not effective' for dementia symptoms

2:00pm Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cannabis pills 'do not help dementia sufferers'," reports The Daily Telegraph. Previous research suggested one of the active ingredients in cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)…

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Could testing grip strength predict heart disease risk?

11:40am Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Poor grip can signal chances of major illness or premature death," the Mail Online reports. An international study has provided evidence that assessing grip strength could help identify people who were at higher risk of cardiovascular events…

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Study finds seasons may affect immune system activity

11:25am Wednesday 13th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Winter immune boost may actually cause deaths," The Guardian reports. A new gene study suggests there may be an increase in inflammation levels during winter, which can protect against infection but could also make...

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