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The placebo effect can still work, even if people know it's a placebo

12:30pm Monday 27th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The placebo effect is real – even if you know the treatment you've been given has no medical value, research has concluded," the Mail Online reports. The study in question aimed to further understand how placebos – inactive or dummy treatments – work…

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Velcro baby tips

4:24am Monday 27th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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15 of the weirdest pregnancy myths

12:50pm Sunday 26th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

'Ah - it's your first baby - it's bound to arrive late.'

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Whooping cough

4:42pm Saturday 25th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

The video (below) shows a little girl, who is in intensive care, coughing and struggling to breathe. It's not easy to watch as it takes a long time for her to fall asleep in her mother's arms.

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Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

12:00pm Friday 24th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers," the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact...

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Home birth

1:12pm Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Family days out

12:58pm Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

1. Go wild at the garden centre Yes, really.

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Study says 'size really doesn’t matter' when it comes to a penis

11:30am Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists claim they've worked out what makes the perfect penis," The Independent reports. According to Swiss researchers, women value overall cosmetic appearance of a penis over length…

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Unhealthy thinking about body and weight 'can start in childhood'

10:40am Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight," The Guardian reports. A new UK survey of around 6,000 children found the roots of unhealthy thinking about body and weight can predate adolescence…

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Sugary drinks linked to 8,000 new UK diabetes cases a year

11:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Are sugary drinks causing 8,000 cases of diabetes every year?," the Daily Mirror asks, as a new study estimates they could cause thousands of type 2 diabetes cases in the UK, and millions in the US…

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Summer holiday childcare

12:14pm Tuesday 21st July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Ah, family tends to be the first port of call come the summer holidays. If they live nearby - AMAZING!! Babysitters on tap for as much of the summer as they can handle (you hope).

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5 relationship game changers

10:56am Tuesday 21st July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Of course, parenthood means new roles for you and him. And, as well as your new responsibilities - you may also find you're adopting certain roles you hadn't thought about before. 

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Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

9:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Irregular sleeping patterns have been 'unequivocally' shown to lead to [breast] cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests," BBC News reports. Scientists are concerned a similar effect may occur in women working night shifts…

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Study finds obese people may struggle to reach a healthy weight

12:50pm Monday 20th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Obese men have just a '1 in 210' chance of attaining a healthy body weight,” The Independent reports. This was the findings of a study that looked at the body mass index (BMI) measurements of almost 300,000 people...

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Teens - need you less

7:39am Monday 20th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Remember the days when you used to walk to the duck pond hand-in-hand with your toddler? They giggled at funny things you said, chattering nineteen to the dozen as you walked along.

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Brush kids teeth

5:00am Sunday 19th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

The recommendation comes from the Royal College of Surgeons in a bid to improve children's dental health habits.

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Count the kicks

2:23pm Friday 17th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

What's most important, say Count The Kicks, is to monitor what's normal for your baby. That way you can easily spot any differences or changes in movement and get them checked out if necessary. 

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Sugar intake should be drastically reduced says report

2:00pm Friday 17th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sugar intake 'should be halved'," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by a government report that recommends no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from "free sugars". The previous recommendation was 10%...

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Homer Simpson and Peppa Pig 'linked to childhood obesity'

10:35am Friday 17th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Peppa Pig and Homer Simpson could be fuelling the child obesity crisis by causing youngsters to eat more," The Daily Telegraph reports after a series of psychological experiments found a link between exposure to overweight characters…

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Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use

1:30pm Thursday 16th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Smartphone behaviour 'could diagnose depression' says new scientific study," the Daily Mirror reports. But based on the data presented in the study the paper is reporting on, we would disagree...

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Should we worry about the 'flesh-eating killer bug'?

8:59am Wednesday 15th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

A "terrifying" and "flesh-eating" bug that "kills one in four it infects invasively" is spreading around the world, warns The Daily Telegraph in news that surprisingly didn't make its front page...

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Researchers identify protein that spreads cancer

11:00am Tuesday 14th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have found a way of preventing the spread of cancer from the site of the original tumour," The Independent reports. Targeting proteins called DNA-PKcs could prevent cancer cells moving to other…

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No proof tea is the 'elixir of life'

12:30pm Monday 13th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Is the elixir of life as simple as two cups of tea?," the Mail Online asks, prompted by a study looking at whether tea drinking is associated with a longer life expectancy in women…

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Are teens confused about their size and weight?

4:00pm Friday 10th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Third of overweight teenagers think they are right size, study shows," The Guardian says in one of many headlines on widely covered UK research...

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Online symptom checkers’ reliability assessed

11:00am Thursday 9th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“The danger of an online diagnosis: Millions of emergencies are MISSED through symptom checker websites,” the Mail Online reports. American researchers have assessed the accuracy and reliability of 23 symptom checkers...

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Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

3:30pm Wednesday 8th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable…

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People may age at different rates

1:20pm Wednesday 8th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Ageing rates vary widely, says study," BBC News reports. For 12 years, researchers tracked a range of biomarkers associated with the ageing process, such as cholesterol levels, and found striking differences in people of the same chronological age…

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Reports that 1 pregnant woman in 3 in UK binge drink unconfirmed

10:00am Tuesday 7th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A third of British women risk doing severe harm to their unborn babies by binge drinking during pregnancy," the Mail Online reports. While a concerning statistic, the evidence behind the headline is perhaps not as clear-cut…

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Does a lack of sleep lead to a lack of self-control?

10:30am Monday 6th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Not enough shut-eye makes you more impulsive and can fuel addiction," the Mail Online reports. The claim was prompted by a review of evidence into the link between sleep and self-control carried out by American psychologists…

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Gene therapy breakthrough for cystic fibrosis

12:00pm Friday 3rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cystic fibrosis hope as new gene therapy improves condition," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have, for the first time, managed to successfully "smuggle" healthy copies of genes into the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis…

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