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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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Autumn

5:03pm Friday 12th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Autumn is the perfect time of year for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature. Dress up warm, walk in the crisp leaves, play conkers and finish it off with a nice cup of team when you're back home. Perfect.

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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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Book your after school classes

8:50am Thursday 11th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Clubs and classes for school-age children are not only after school, but can run at weekends and during holidays.

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My child has been accused of bullying

11:31am Wednesday 10th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

As parents, our initial reaction to hearing that our child is involved in any antisocial and unacceptable behaviour is frequently disbelief, denial and embarrassment. We need to stand back and think before we react. Schools have rigid anti-bullying policies, and often use the expertise of other agencies to inform their practice, and we should be reassured that any incidents will have been investigated thoroughly. Schools will be keen to support all those involved in order to resolve the situation.

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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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Free family fun

8:24pm Tuesday 9th September 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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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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Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

10:30am Friday 5th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to have longstanding mental health problems," The Independent reports, as well as "bad experiences with their GP". A UK survey found striking disparities in responses compared to heterosexuals…

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1 in 5 child deaths 'preventable'

10:00am Friday 5th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“One in five child deaths ‘preventable’,” reports BBC News. The headline was prompted by the publication of a three-part series of papers on child death in high-income countries published in The Lancet…

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How immunotherapy might treat multiple sclerosis

10:05am Thursday 4th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Breakthrough hope for MS treatment as scientists discover how to 'switch off' autoimmune diseases," the Mail Online reports. UK researchers have discovered that altering the activities of certain genes can change aggressive cells to protective cells…

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Claims e-cigarettes are a 'gateway to cocaine'

10:00am Thursday 4th September 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"E-cigarettes could lead to using cocaine and cannabis scientists say," the Daily Mirror reports. In an article sure to prove controversial, two neuroscientists argue that nicotine may "prime" the brain…

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