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Smokers who try to quit 'drink less alcohol', too

3:30pm Monday 25th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"How quitting smoking can be good for your liver: Those who have given up cigarettes 'drink less alcohol too'," the Mail Online reports. The news follows an analysis of two ongoing studies that aimed to…

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Alcohol 'a direct cause of seven types of cancer'

1:00pm Friday 22nd July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Even one glass of wine a day raises the risk of cancer: Alarming study reveals booze is linked to at least seven forms of the disease," reports the Mail Online. The news comes from a review that aimed to summarise data from a range of previous studies...

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Eating oily fish 'may boost bowel cancer survival'

11:00am Friday 22nd July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Oily fish may reduce risk of death from bowel cancer, study suggests," reports The Telegraph. US research found people with bowel cancer who increased their intake of oily fish after diagnosis were less likely to die from the condition...

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The new guidelines on vitamin D – what you need to know

11:30am Thursday 21st July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Experts recommend everyone consider vitamin D supplements over winter," says a headline in today's Daily Mail, while The Guardian urges "Tuck into tuna, salmon and eggs or take vitamin D pills…

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Chlamydia vaccine research 'shows early progress'

11:00pm Tuesday 19th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Could a nose spray prevent chlamydia?" asks the Daily Mail, one of several media outlets reporting on promising research to develop a vaccine for the sexually transmitted disease (STI)...

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'Walk or cycle to work to lose weight' says study

2:30pm Tuesday 19th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pedalling the pounds away: Why cycling could be the best way to lose weight," says The Daily Telegraph, reporting on a UK study comparing how different methods of commuting affected obesity levels...

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'Nine out of 10 strokes preventable,' claims study

1:45pm Monday 18th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nine out of 10 strokes preventable if people follow 10 health rules," The Daily Telegraph reports. The news comes from a large study that found the top 10 risk factors for stroke are preventable...

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Zika virus epidemic to last 'another three years'

1:00pm Friday 15th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Zika epidemic to last another three years as 'too late' to control it, say researchers," reports the Telegraph Online. A team of researchers at Imperial College London aimed to explore the dynamics of the current Zika epidemic in Latin America...

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Obesity 'now a leading cause of death; especially in men'

12:25pm Thursday 14th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being overweight or obese puts men at a greater risk of dying prematurely than women," BBC News reports. A survey of global trends found obesity was now second only to smoking as a cause of premature death in Europe…

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Pomegranate compound 'could combat' complications of ageing

1:00pm Wednesday 13th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pomegranates slow down the ageing process by prompting cells to recycle and rebuild themselves, a study shows," The Daily Telegraph reports. But before you rush to stock up on the "food of the gods", the study in question only involved worms and rats…

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'Secret ginger gene' may increase skin cancer risk for millions

10:30am Wednesday 13th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People can carry a 'silent' red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn," BBC News reports. Research suggests that carrying just one copy of a variant of the MC1R gene (having two copies causes red hair) increases…

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Pregnancy supplements 'don’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'

3:30pm Tuesday 12th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money because most mothers-to-be do not need them, according to researchers," BBC News reports. A new report found that only the use of vitamin D and folic acid in pregnancy was supported by the evidence…

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Thumb sucking and nail biting not key to preventing child allergies

3:30pm Monday 11th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children who suck their thumbs and bite their nails suffer fewer allergies, study finds," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers have reported a link between these common childhood habits and a lower rate of positive allergy tests…

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Could an obscure type of herpes virus trigger female infertility?

3:30pm Friday 8th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Obscure virus may be cause of unexplained infertility," The Independent reports. Italian researchers found copies of the HHV-6A virus – a type of herpes virus – in the womb lining of 43% of women with…

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1 in 8 advanced prostate cancers may be linked to faulty genes

10:28am Friday 8th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Nearly one in eight men who develop [advanced] prostate cancer carry mutations in genes which repair damage to DNA," The Daily Telegraph reports. One of the difficulties in detecting and treating prostate cancer…

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Reduced antibiotic prescribing did not raise serious infections rates

11:00am Thursday 7th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Surgeries that handed out the fewest pills do not have higher rates of serious illnesses," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at the impact of prescribing patterns of antibiotics by GPs. The researchers were particularly interested in…

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Study finds link between saturated fats and early death

3:30pm Wednesday 6th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating more saturated fats raises risk of early death, says US study," The Guardian reports. A major study involving more than 80,000 women would seem to contradict recent high-profile reports that a diet rich in saturated fat is safe…

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Pasta-rich diet may 'prevent pounds from piling on', says study

2:15pm Tuesday 5th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pasta DOESN'T make you fat – it actually helps weight loss," the Daily Mail reports. In the latest round of the nutrition wars, carbs are fighting back, with a study showing that a diet rich in pasta was linked to lower BMI and waist size…

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Paracetamol in pregnancy 'link to autism and ADHD' not proven

12:30pm Monday 4th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women who take paracetamol during pregnancy 'risk having a child with autism or ADHD'," the Mail Online reports. But the Spanish study it reports on provides no evidence of a direct link to either condition…

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Many women think shaving pubic hair is 'hygienic'

3:30pm Friday 1st July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"More women think shaving pubic hair is 'hygenic' [sic] despite greater health risks," The Independent reports. A US survey found more than half of women who groomed their public hair did so for hygiene reasons, despite evidence that shaving…

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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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