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3:37pm Friday 25th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Talking to your baby

3:52pm Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Engaging in conversation is the best way to pass on the vital skills of speech and language development, and will also show her how much you love her and how much she interests you, which will boost self-esteem and confidence as she grows. And this advice continues to hold true as your baby grows into a toddler, and then a child. Experts are concerned that so many modern children have poor speech and language skills - they fear it's because their parents just aren't talking to them enough in their early years. So talking (and listening) to our kids is one of our most important roles as parents.

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Deadly MERS 'camel flu' may now be airborne

10:45am Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Deadly Mers virus 'could now be airborne'," The Independent reports. Air samples suggest that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has an estimated 30% case fatality rate, could now be spread through the air...

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Paracetamol 'doesn’t work' for lower back pain

10:30am Thursday 24th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Paracetamol used to treat acute lower back pain is no better than a dummy pill,” BBC News reports. A well-conducted trial casts doubts on the widespread recommendation that paracetamol is an effective treatment for lower back pain…

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Sleep deprivation may affect memory

2:19pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sleep deprived people are more likely to … hold 'false' memories of the past," The Daily Telegraph reports. New results suggest that lack of sleep may make more people more vulnerable to develop certain types of memory problems…

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Umami flavouring 'may help you feel fuller faster'

10:30am Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Always hungry? You need more UMAMI in your life: study finds so-called 'fifth taste' in sauces and meat helps us feel satisfied," reports the Mail Online. Umami is a Japanese term that roughly translates as "pleasant savoury taste"…

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Commonwealth games

10:19am Wednesday 23rd July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Apart from the Olympic Games and Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games is the biggest sporting event in the world. Take a look at our quick Q and A for some basic facts on the Games:

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Study offers insight into genetics of schizophrenia

10:30am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"More than 100 schizophrenia genes have been pinpointed," reports the Daily Mail. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers have gained further insights into the genetics of the condition, which it is hoped could lead to new treatments…

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Summer reading challenge

10:17am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Probiotics 'may improve blood pressure'

10:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Eating probiotics may lower blood pressure,” The Daily Telegraph reports. Probiotics, so-called “friendly bacteria”, have been found to moderately reduce blood pressure in a new study…

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Geocaching

1:23pm Monday 21st July 2014 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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HIV 'reservoirs' may form earlier than expected

10:26am Monday 21st July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Early HIV drugs 'may not stop virus'," BBC News reports. The report is based on a study of HIV treatments in monkeys, and has been linked by the BBC to the emergence of HIV in a four-year-old girl thought to have been cured of the virus as the...

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Could new potential treatment mean safer IVF?

6:46am Monday 21st July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Dozen babies born using 'safer' IVF treatment," reads today’s headline in The Independent. This headline was based on a new study providing proof of concept that the natural hormone kisspeptin-54 could...

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Childcare awards

11:27am Sunday 20th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Simply find your childcare provider from the categories below in our Childcare section and leave a review by 1st September.

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Birth stories

12:36pm Saturday 19th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

From nervous mums-to-be to proud new parents, we all love to hear about babies being born. If you're expecting your first child, you'll no doubt be wondering what to expect when you finally give birth to your baby.

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Summer movies

12:32pm Friday 18th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Take a look at some of the hot movies coming out this summer - great for a fun family outing.

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Obese women may have 'food learning impairment'

10:30am Friday 18th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Obese women show signs of food learning impairment," is the headline on the BBC News website. It reports on a behavioural study involving 67 individuals of normal weight and 68 obese individuals…

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'More adults should be taking statins,' says NICE

9:40am Friday 18th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

NICE suggests thousands of lives a year could be saved if more adults were offered these cholesterol lowering drugs

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Next summer sale

3:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Our guide will help you to make the most of the Next sale whether you are shopping online or in-store.

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Steroid asthma inhalers restrict children’s growth

10:50am Thursday 17th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children who use inhalable steroids for asthma grow slower than their peers in the first year of taking the medication," The Guardian reports. The effect found by researchers was small, on average a reduction of half a centimetre per year…

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Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

10:25am Thursday 17th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Diabetes could be cured 'in single jab'," is the misleading headline in the Daily Express. The news comes from an exciting new mouse study that found promising results for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. But the study did not show that it would cure…

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Treasure baskets

4:29pm Wednesday 16th July 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Have you heard about treasure baskets for babies but are not really sure what they are all about? We have nine fun ideas for baby treasure baskets you can easily put together and we explain why they're good to use and share our top tips. 

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Owning a dog may make older adults fitter

11:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Want to appear 10 years younger? Just buy a dog,” is the dubious claim on the Mail Online. A study has found a link between dog ownership and increased physical activity in older adults, but how this is linked to looking younger is unclear...

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Prediabetes label 'unhelpful', experts argue

10:17am Wednesday 16th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Labelling people as having pre-diabetes is unhelpful and unnecessary, researchers claim," BBC News report. In an opinion piece in the BMJ, the authors argue that the term's usage achieves next to nothing in terms of practical clinical benefits…

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Study explores effect of plain cigarette packs

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Long-term smokers find the taste of plain-packaged cigarettes worse than that of branded cigarettes," The Guardian reports. The news comes from Australian research into the impact of plain packaging and health risk warnings on packets of cigarettes…

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Spoons lead to inaccurate medicine doses for kids

10:15am Tuesday 15th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Using a spoon to measure medicine for children can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes,” the Daily Mail reports. Parents have long been instructed to provide liquid medication to their children in dosages…

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Sex addiction affects brain in 'same way as drugs'

2:19pm Monday 14th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Is compulsive sexual behaviour comparable to drug addiction?" The Guardian asks. UK researchers, using brain scans, found that men with a sex addiction exhibited changes to the brain, when exposed to pornography, similar to those seen in drug addicts…

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'Exercise may help prevent Alzheimer's disease'

10:17am Monday 14th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cut Alzheimer's risk by walking," the Daily Mail recommends. This advice is prompted by a statistical modelling study looking at population attributable risks (PARS) – factors known to influence the prevalence of a disease, such as Alzheimer's…

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Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics, says NICE

10:30am Friday 11th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes," BBC News reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that obese people with type 2 diabetes…

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Vasectomy-associated prostate cancer risk 'small'

10:26am Friday 11th July 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Men who have the snip increase their risk of suffering fatal prostate cancer, according to research,” the Daily Mail reports. However, while the increase in risk was found to be statistically significant, it was small in absolute terms…

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