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Menopause 'may mix up exercise reward pathways in the brain'

1:30pm Friday 29th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Menopause 'crushes your motivation to exercise'," the Mail Online reports. But before you bin your gym card, the study it reports on involved rats, not women. The female rats were genetically engineered to have either a high or low exercise capacity…

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New weapon in superbug war may be right under our noses

3:40pm Thursday 28th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Antibiotic resistance: 'snot wars' study yields new class of drugs," BBC News reports. Researchers studying a type of bacteria found in many people's nostrils have used this knowledge to develop a possible a new antibiotic called lugdunin…

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An hour of exercise a day may compensate for an 'office lifestyle'

2:30pm Thursday 28th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Office workers must exercise for an hour a day to counter death risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. A major new study involving more than a million people, suggests that at least an hour's exercise a day…

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Could a hearing test help diagnose autism in babies?

1:40pm Wednesday 27th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A hearing test is being hailed as a revolutionary technique to spot autism years earlier than current methods can," the Mail Online reports. The test is based on measuring how the inner ear reacts to sound…

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'Netflix and kill?' Binge watching box-sets linked to blood clots

2:30pm Tuesday 26th July 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Binge watching TV can actually kill you, study finds," The Independent reports in a somewhat exaggerated manner. The Japanese study its report is based on looked at prolonged TV watching and the risk of blood clots…

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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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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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