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Geocaching

1:23pm Wednesday 6th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

If you'd like to find out more your first port of call is right here, where you'll find an introduction to the how's and where's of the wonderful world of geocaching!

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Heart failure drug digoxin linked to premature death

12:30pm Tuesday 5th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A heart drug taken by 250,000 Britons can actually hasten death, a major study has found," the Mail Online warns today. An analysis of previous research on digoxin, used to treat heart failure, suggests it can raise the risk of premature death…

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New test could improve diagnosis of ovarian cancer

12:10pm Tuesday 5th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New ovarian cancer test twice as effective as existing methods," The Guardian reports, after new research proved relatively successful in diagnosing ovarian cancer. This study hasn't identified a new blood test for…

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Retraining

9:29am Tuesday 5th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) do not actually require a formal qualification to teach at entry-level in state-funded schools. But as competition is usually high for posts, and because each school or local authority can decide what skills they want their school staff to have, it is usually advisable to have some training behind you. If you have some nursing or childcare qualifications these may be useful in getting a foot in the door, but whatever your background and experience the first step is to try and get some informal, voluntary work at a local school for a few hours' a week (bear in mind you'll need a relevant up-to-date CRB check to do so.)

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Asthma day

9:36am Monday 4th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Asthma facts Asthma sufferers can experience symptoms or indeed asthma attacks when they come into contact with a trigger like cigarette smoke, pollutants, chemicals or household dust. Others may also get a bout of asthma when they have colds or respiratory infections affecting their chest and throat.

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Pregnancy

10:35am Saturday 2nd May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Use our tool to work out the best days to become pregnant

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Royal baby: live video feed

8:31pm Friday 1st May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

   

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May 2015 competitions

3:33pm Friday 1st May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Bookmark us now for some of the best UK competitions for families, with new prizes to win every single month! Free prize draws, great giveaways and star prizes on offer with over £12,000 of prizes in May. Click here to find competitions local to you. See all of our competition winners and check out some great special offers near you too. You can also join in our competition chat in our competition forum. Good Luck! Please read our Netmums Terms & Conditions

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Replacing sugary drinks with water may reduce diabetes risk

12:30pm Friday 1st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Swapping orange squash for a cup of tea cuts diabetes risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. The news is based on a major UK study, involving around 25,000 adults...

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Texting may help relieve pain during minor surgery

10:45am Friday 1st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Need pain relief for surgery? Try a text," the Daily Mail reports. The advice was prompted by a small study that found people who used a mobile phone during minor surgery were less likely to require additional pain medication…

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baby boxes

4:02pm Thursday 30th April 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Every mum-to-be in Finland receives a baby box. They are totally free and provided by the government. They are packed full of baby clothes, cloth nappies, bath towels and a picture book and teething toy.The clothes are all gender neutral.

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UK life expectancy expected to rise to late 80s by 2030

11:50am Thursday 30th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Life expectancy is rising faster than thought, with 90 expected to become the norm in some affluent areas of the country by 2030," The Guardian reports. The same predictions led the Daily Mail to warn of a "life expectancy timebomb"...

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New prostate cancer treatment has promising results in mice

11:00am Thursday 30th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Prostate cancer resistant to conventional treatment could be all but wiped out by a therapy that boosts the immune system," the Daily Mail reports. The therapy, as yet only used in mice, destroyed previously resistant cancerous cells…

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Diet swap study highlights bowel effects of Western-style diet

12:30pm Wednesday 29th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Diet swap experiment reveals junk food's harm to guts," BBC News reports. African-American volunteers were asked to eat an African diet, while Africans were asked to eat a typical American diet, and the effects on the bowel were striking…

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Bullying may have worse long-term effects than child abuse

11:10am Wednesday 29th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Bullied children are five times more at risk of anxiety than those maltreated," reports the Daily Mail. A study looking at both UK and US children found an association between childhood bullying and anxiety, depression and self-harm in adulthood…

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Choosin the right pet videos

4:47pm Tuesday 28th April 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Once you've decided on the right pet for your family Netmums is here to help you every step of the way with lots of advice on settling your new pet in, introducing it to your family and answers to the most common questions on pet ownership. Take a look at the Netmums  pets and your family section.

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Brain’s 'hunger hub' could be switched off

11:30am Tuesday 28th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Have scientists found a way to banish hunger pangs?,” the Mail Online asks. The question is prompted by research in mice looking at the “biological pathways” that regulate appetite and hunger…

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No evidence organic milk in pregnancy lowers a baby's IQ

11:00am Tuesday 28th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pregnant women who switch to 'healthier' organic milk may be putting the brain development of their unborn babies at risk," The Guardian reports after researchers found…

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Parents 'may pass anxiety on to their children'

12:00pm Monday 27th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Mail Online has given stressed-out parents one more thing to worry about, saying: "Anxiety is 'catching' and can be passed on to children", adding that, "Attitudes of over-anxious parents can severely affect children's behaviour"…

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Baby development

3:14pm Saturday 25th April 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Gene editing technique could prevent inherited diseases

12:45pm Friday 24th April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their children," The Guardian reports…

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Air pollution linked to silent strokes

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

"Adults who live in towns and cities suffer ageing of the brain and increased risk of dementia and [silent] strokes because of air pollution," The Daily Telegraph reports. A "silent stroke" (technically known as a covert brain infarct…

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Surveys

8:39am Friday 24th April 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Boots survey - win a £50 Boots gift card Boots want to find out what you think about them as a brand and also if you have heard of their Parenting Club. Take this short survey and all entrants will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Boots gift card!

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New asthma treatment within five years, researchers hope

11:50am Thursday 23rd April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Asthma cure could be in reach," The Independent reports. Researchers have discovered that protein molecules called calcium-sensing receptors play a pivotal role in asthma. Drugs known to block these proteins already exist...

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A magnet for mosquitoes? Blame your genes

10:30am Thursday 23rd April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mosquitoes 'lured by body odour genes','' BBC News reports. Researchers tested a series of non-identical and identical twins, and found that identical twins had similar levels of attractiveness to mosquitoes…

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Athlete’s foot cream could also treat multiple sclerosis

11:10am Wednesday 22nd April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Two common drugs – one used for treating athlete's foot and another for alleviating eczema – may be useful therapies for multiple sclerosis," BBC News reports. The drugs have shown promise in lab and animal studies…

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Coffee could make breast cancer drug tamoxifen more effective

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

"A cancer-killing cocktail of the hormone drug tamoxifen and two coffees every day was found to reduce the risk of [breast cancer] tumours returning," the Mail Online reports. The same study also found evidence that caffeine slowed the cancer's growth…

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Mindfulness 'as good as drugs for preventing depression relapse'

1:00pm Tuesday 21st April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression," The Guardian reports…

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Mistreatment of extreme morning sickness 'leading to abortions'

10:50am Tuesday 21st April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Extreme morning sickness causes 1k abortions a year, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. The report states that poor treatment of some cases of extreme morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) is leading some women to terminate their pregnancy…

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