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'Putting clocks forward boosts kids' exercise'

9:52am Friday 24th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Moving the clocks forward by one extra hour all year in the UK could lead to children getting more exercise every day, say researchers," reports BBC News. In the UK...

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Sunshine isn't slimming and can't halt diabetes

9:29am Friday 24th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sunshine can make you thin," claims the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Express splashed on its front page that, "Sunlight is key to fighting diabetes". Both are strong contenders for the title of the day's most inaccurate health headline...

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Diwali

1:16pm Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Diwali recipes

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'Shift workers should avoid steak' claim mistaken

10:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice…

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Dopamine drug linked to compulsive sex, shopping and gambling

10:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drugs for restless leg syndrome cause gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping," Metro reports. A US study found that the dopamine receptor agonists class of drugs carries the rare but severe side effect of encouraging compulsive behaviours…

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Changes in 'Parkinson’s walk' predicts dementia

10:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Subtle changes in the walking pattern of Parkinson's patients could predict their rate of cognitive decline," The Times reports after new research compared the gait of people with Parkinson's disease with those of healthy volunteers…

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NICE wants tooth brushing to be taught in schools

9:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children should get their teeth brushed at school, says NHS watchdog," The Daily Telegraph reports. The new guidelines have been welcomed by some, but others have accused the watchdog of acting like a "supernanny state"...

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Eating out

2:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Finding places to eat out that are family friendly, can sometimes be tricky. Whether you're looking for a friendly atmosphere, somewhere for the children to play, healthy more interesting children's meals, or somewhere able to warm up baby food, try our lists of suggestions from other Netmums members.

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Paralysed man walks again after pioneering surgery

10:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"World first as man whose spinal cord was severed WALKS," the Mail Online reports. In what has been described as pioneering research, transplanted cells have been used to stimulate the repair of his spinal cord…

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Smokers' homes 'as polluted as Beijing'

9:29am Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Living with smoker 'as bad as living in polluted city'," BBC News reports. Scottish researchers have estimated that the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in smokers' households is similar to those found in a heavily polluted city such as Beijing…

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BMI tests 'miss' over a quarter of obese children

11:00am Monday 20th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Quarter of obese children missed by BMI tests," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a review that combined the results of 37 studies in more than 50,000 children and found body mass index (BMI)…

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Viagra could double up as heart failure drug

9:30am Monday 20th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sex pill Viagra could help men suffering from heart disease," reports the Mirror. This headline follows a new review into the potential heart benefits of the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra)…

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Family Arts Festival

3:35am Monday 20th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

The national 2014 Family Arts Festival brings the arts alive for families with thousands of events to enjoy across the UK from 17 October - 2 November. A huge variety of high quality arts events will be available to families of all ages, including circus, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts. Netmums are delighted to support the Family Arts Festival and many of the events are listed in our What's On pages. Find out more about the festival plus listings that can be sorted by genre, age range and interest www.familyartsfestival.com. New events are uploaded daily.

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Autumn

5:03pm Sunday 19th October 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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Exercise data signs could cut sugary drink intake

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices," BBC News reports. Signs in shops in an area of Baltimore led to a change in shopping habits amongst teenagers…

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How to carve a pumpkin

6:58pm Thursday 16th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

With some assistance from Undley Pumpkin Patch we've put together some top tips on how to carve a pumpkin...take a look at our gallery and be inspired!

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Crash diets 'work best' claim misguided

10:00am Thursday 16th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Crash diets DO work, claim experts,” the Mail Online reports. It reports on an Australian study involving 200 obese adults who were randomly assigned to either a 12-week rapid weight loss programme on a very low-calorie diet…

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New way to distinguish between ovarian tumours

9:29am Thursday 16th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A new test can help doctors identify ovarian cancer more accurately and cut down on instances of unnecessary surgery," BBC News reports. The BBC accurately reflects the findings of researchers who developed new tests for ovarian cancer. These tests…

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Paper pumpkins

6:50pm Wednesday 15th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Stem cells used to improve low vision

11:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Embryonic stem cells transplanted into eyes of blind restore sight," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering a study where human stem cells were transplanted into the eyes of people with visual impairment…

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Ebola could reach the UK, but outbreak risk is low

10:12am Wednesday 15th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Global threat of Ebola: From the US to China, scientists plot spread of deadly disease across the world from its West African hotbed,” reports the Mail Online. This is a terrifyingly apocalyptic-sounding headline, yet...

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Warnings issued over energy drinks

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Energy drinks could cause public health problems, says WHO study," The Guardian reports. A new review discusses the potential harms of these drinks, especially when they are mixed with alcohol…

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Broccoli could 'hold the key' for treating autism

10:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Broccoli chemical may improve autism symptoms," The Daily Telegraph reports. A small study suggests sulforaphane, a chemical that gives broccoli its distinctive taste, may help improve some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder…

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Can we count on counting calories?

11:00am Monday 13th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

It's a concept at the cornerstone of most diets: counting the calories of your food intake so you don't go over the limit. But just how accurate are calorie labels...

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When to have another baby?

3:37pm Saturday 11th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

After having your first child you may have got to the point where you are now settled in a routine, with even getting more sleep! You and your partner have probably found that you have got more time for each other again.

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October holiday planner

3:09pm Friday 10th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

It couldn't be easier with our printable holiday planner, which helps you schedule in activities both at home and away, indoors and out - the perfect solution to make cries of "I'm bored, mum!" a thing of the past...

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