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Lunch box kit

1:06am Sunday 30th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Generally schools prefer the soft lunch boxes/bags. If a child gets accidentally banged by a hard lunch box it can hurt (think of 30 little ones all getting their lunchboxes from the cloakroom at the same time).

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Books about starting school

4:31am Saturday 29th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

There are lots of games that you can play with your young children to help them as they learn to speak and communicate. Here are a few ideas to help them learn while you have fun at home. Also take a look at our page on talking to toddlers to find out how else you can help them as they learn to talk.

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Goth teens 'at increased risk of depression and self-harm'

10:23am Friday 28th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Goths are three times more likely to be depressed than other teenagers, with 37% admitting to self-harming," the Daily Mail reports. A new study looked at mental health outcomes in young people who said they identified with the goth sub-culture…

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leave house on time

4:53am Friday 28th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Starting secondary school

4:13am Friday 28th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Remember your first day at secondary school? Did you feel a bit lost amongst all those teenagers in the playground and daunted by how big your new school seemed? Then there were all those new subjects to get your head round, the fact that you now have lots of different teachers and, of course, new school mates to try and make friends with...

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How having 'senior moments' may be a good thing

12:30pm Thursday 27th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Senior moments? Only worry if you don't notice them," the Daily Mail reports. A new study suggests becoming unaware of failing memory could be a warning sign of impending dementia…

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Low vitamin D levels linked to increased multiple sclerosis risk

8:00am Thursday 27th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Lack of vitamin D may cause multiple sclerosis, study finds," reports the Guardian. A large study found people genetically programmed to have lower vitamin D levels are at an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS)…

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Ready for school checklists

3:23am Thursday 27th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Tips on clothing Easy-iron trousers and shirts work well, so they save on the amount of ironing each weekend!

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Is incense smoke more dangerous than tobacco smoke?

12:30pm Wednesday 26th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Incense may need a health warning over 'toxic' smoke, claims research," The Daily Telegraph reports. Analysis of incense smoke, used in both western and Asian religious ceremonies for possibly thousands of years, found it contains many chemicals...

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Helping kids settle into school

3:12am Wednesday 26th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Parents need time to adjust to the new routine too. So if the whole school experience is new to you, you may be feeling bewildered, as well as a little worried about how you'll cope emotionally when your little one 'flies the nest'.

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Researchers 'a step closer' to universal flu vaccine

1:10pm Tuesday 25th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Universal flu vaccine comes closer, scientists says," BBC News reports after two independent teams of researchers each found ways to target multiple strains of the influenza virus – but, as yet, the research has only involved animals...

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11 educational kids apps

2:21am Tuesday 25th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Many white English and Irish pensioners 'drinking to excess'

11:00am Monday 24th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers," BBC News reports. Their research found "unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population"…

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Mums night out

4:41am Sunday 23rd August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

First things first, getting a date in the diary when everyone's around is close to impossible. There's ALWAYS something in the way.

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Pre-eclampsia mum

2:05am Saturday 22nd August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

This time last year I’d have said it was just stuff that us pregnant mums have to put up with. But that was until I read an article on pre-eclampsia. Just an hour after reading it, I was diagnosed with the potentially fatal pregnancy condition and rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.

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Warnings of a dementia epidemic may be unfounded

12:30pm Friday 21st August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dementia may not be the fast-growing epidemic it has been painted to be," The Guardian reports. Latest data from Europe shows the percentage of dementia cases have levelled off, rather than increased…

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Working long hours 'increases stroke risk'

12:00pm Friday 21st August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People working long hours are more likely to have a stroke, according to analysis of more than half a million people," BBC News reports. Researchers pooled the data from 25 previous studies that included more than 600,000 individuals…

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Mum sickie

4:29am Friday 21st August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Go upstairs with a basket of laundry to say you're going to put it all away... but actually close the curtains, slip your shoes off and get 40 winks instead. Bliss.

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Just one drink a day 'may raise breast cancer risk'

2:30pm Thursday 20th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Just one drink a day raises breast cancer risk" is the front page headline in the Daily Mail following the results of a new study. While the health risks of heavy drinking are well established, the effects of light drinking are less clear…

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Water fluoridation 'a safe way of stopping tooth decay'

1:20pm Thursday 20th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Adding fluoride to tap water could save the NHS millions and dramatically improve children's dental health," the Mail Online reports. A new UK study concluded that water fluoridation is a "safe and effective way" of preventing tooth decay…

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E-cigarettes '95% less harmful than smoking' says report

11:30am Wednesday 19th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"E-cigarettes are 95% less harmful than tobacco and could be prescribed on the NHS in future to help smokers quit," BBC News reports. This is the main finding of an evidence review carried out by Public Health England…

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Guidelines set to tackle over-prescribing of antibiotics

12:30pm Tuesday 18th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"GPs face axe for handing out too many pills," the Daily Mail reports. The headline is prompted by remarks made by Professor Mark Baker, clinical practice chief at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…

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Aspirin lowers risk of hereditary bowel cancer in obese people

12:00pm Tuesday 18th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A daily aspirin may slash bowel cancer risk for the obese," the Daily Mail reports. But the headline fails to make it clear that this latest research didn't involve people in the general public who were obese…

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Is your purse a hotbed of bacterial infection?

10:00am Monday 17th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"More than 90 per cent of purses have bacteria on them, and women are the worst offenders," the Mail Online reports. A study found purses could be a reservoir for bacteria, especially those made out of synthetic materials…

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Low-fat diet 'better' than low-carb diet for getting rid of body fat

10:30am Friday 14th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Low-fat diets 'better than cutting carbs' for weight loss," says BBC News. But wait, the Mail Online says: "Low-carb 'is best for weight loss". Confused? Traditionally, weight-loss diets were based on the concept of eating a low-fat diet…

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Music can help ease pain and anxiety after surgery

10:30am Thursday 13th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain," BBC News reports. An analysis of data found evidence that people who listened to music had reduced anxiety and were less likely to request pain relief…

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Checking emails out of work 'can reduce wellbeing'

1:00pm Wednesday 12th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Checking your emails outside of work really IS bad for your health," the Mail Online reports. A German study recruited a sample of 132 workers and aimed to look at how extended working outside normal hours influenced people's mood the next day…

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Butter 'not bad for you' but trans fats may be 'harmful'

11:25am Wednesday 12th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Butter unlikely to harm health, but margarine could be deadly," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major analysis of data found no link between saturated fats and heart disease, stroke or diabetes, but there was a link with trans fats…

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Does red meat affect male fertility?

11:30am Tuesday 11th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Want to be a dad? Cut out sausages and eat chicken," the Daily Mail reports, prompted by the findings of a recent study into diet and fertility outcomes for couples undergoing fertility treatment…

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Iodine supplements could help mums, babies and the economy

11:00am Monday 10th August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Providing pregnant women with iodine supplements could boost children’s intelligence and save thousands of pounds in future health costs," The Daily Telegraph reports...

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