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Could Parkinson's disease start in the gut?

4:00pm Friday 2nd December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Parkinson's disease 'may start in gut'," BBC News reports. New research involving mice suggests that bacteria in the gut may lead to a greater decline in motor function in patients with Parkinson's disease. The study involved a mouse model...

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'Not enough over-50s' taking aspirin to prevent heart disease

4:28pm Thursday 1st December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims," the Mail Online reports. U.S. researchers ran a simulation of what might happen if all Americans over 50 years old took aspirin on a daily basis…

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'No need to wait to try again after miscarriage' advice

2:28pm Thursday 1st December 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women who suffer a miscarriage should try for a baby again within six months, a major study has found," the Daily Mail reports. Current guidance from the World Health Organization recommends couples wait at least six months…

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'Want to live longer? Try racquet sports', recommends study

4:30pm Wednesday 30th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"If you want to stave off death for as long as possible, you might want to reach for a tennis racquet," The Guardian reports. A study looking at the impact of individual sports on mortality found racquet sports reduced the risk of death by around 47%...

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Lack of sleep may disrupt development of a child's brain

3:30pm Tuesday 29th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New brain scans reveal sleep deprivation damages children's brains more than previously thought," the Mail Online reports. Researchers measured the brain activity of children whose sleep had been restricted by four…

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Expensive IVF add-ons 'not evidence based'

4:15pm Monday 28th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nearly all costly add-on treatments offered by UK fertility clinics to increase the chance of a birth through IVF are not supported by high-quality evidence," BBC News reports, covering the findings of a review by experts in evidence-based medicine…

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Low social status 'damages immune function'

4:28pm Friday 25th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Simply being at the bottom of the social heap directly alters the body," BBC News reports. The headline is based on a study in which researchers used female monkeys to simulate social hierarchies. Monkeys of low social status…

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Just a small cut in saturated fats reduces heart disease risk

12:00pm Friday 25th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Swapping butter and meat for olive oil and fish does cut the risk of heart disease," The Times reports. New research suggests that swapping just 15% of your daily calorie intake away from saturated fats could reduce heart disease risk by around 8%...

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Review questions recent official vitamin D guidance

4:28pm Thursday 24th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin D pills branded 'waste of time' and could even be 'harmful' according to new research," The Sun reports. But, despite the headline, no new research has been done. The news comes from a review of existing evidence…

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Men's attitude towards fatherhood 'affects child behaviour'

4:30pm Wednesday 23rd November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children of confident fathers who embrace parenthood are less likely to show behavioural problems before their teenage years," The Guardian reports. A study found a link between positive attitudes towards fatherhood and good behaviour at age 11…

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Can a high-tech treatment help combat some of our oldest fears?

4:30pm Tuesday 22nd November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have raised hopes for a radical new therapy for phobias," The Guardian reports. Brain scanners were used to identify brain activity pinpointing when people are most receptive to the "rewriting" of fearful memories…

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Bagged salads 'pose salmonella risk,' say researchers

4:50pm Monday 21st November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Bagged salad can fuel the growth of food-poisoning bugs like salmonella and make them more dangerous," BBC News reports. Researchers found evidence that the environment inside a salad bag offers an ideal breeding ground for salmonella, a type of…

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Online calculator that tries to predict IVF success released

4:30pm Friday 18th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Couples can find out their chances of having a baby over multiple cycles of IVF treatment using a new online calculator," BBC News reports. The calculator is designed to predict the success of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) – often used when a woman…

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Does vitamin D cut lung infection risk in older adults?

2:28pm Friday 18th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Why you should take vitamin D as you get older: High doses reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses by 40%," the Mail Online reports. Researchers in Colorado investigated whether a high dose of vitamin D in older adults…

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Fat storage problems may increase diabetes risk

2:28pm Thursday 17th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Inability to store fat safely increases diabetes risk," BBC News reports. Researchers have found links between genetic variations known to affect the storage of fat in the body and type 2 diabetes, as well as heart attacks and strokes…

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Study looks at nursing assistants’ effect on patient outcomes

3:30pm Wednesday 16th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Patients are a fifth more likely to die on wards where nurses have been replaced by untrained staff, a major study has found," the Daily Mail reports. This latest research into 243 hospitals across Europe...

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Testing sense of smell may give early warning of Alzheimer's risk

3:30pm Tuesday 15th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A new four-point test has fine-tuned smell exams to check for Alzheimer's," the Mail Online reports. The testing is based on recognising and then recalling certain distinct smells, such as lemon or menthol…

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First time flu infection may affect lifetime immunity

4:30pm Monday 14th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A person's chances of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests," BBC News reports. Researchers created a modelling study, based on historic data…

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Probiotics 'aid memory in people with Alzheimer's disease'

4:30pm Friday 11th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Probiotics found in yoghurt and supplements could help improve thinking and memory for people with Alzheimer's disease," The Daily Telegraph reports after a small study found…

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Scouts and Guides 'grow up to have better mental health'

3:28pm Thursday 10th November 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scouts and guides provide 'mental health boost for life'," BBC News reports. A study of adults with a scouting or guiding background found they were less likely to be anxious or depressed in later life…

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Ideas for boxing day

4:17pm Friday 25th December 2015 content supplied by Netmums

A winter walk in the country is a great Boxing Day tradition – unless you’ve got kids who act like every single step is torture. Throw in an element of adventure, though, and it’ll stop the whinging in its tracks. We love geocaching – a modern day treasure hunt using your phone or a satnav – for getting that Famous Five vibe with a 21st-century twist.

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reward charts

10:38am Saturday 9th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

We've put together some cute reward simple and more detailed reward charts as well as placemats to colour in, based around pirates, fairies and monsters - you choose.

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