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Proof opiates are useful for chronic back pain 'lacking'

12:30pm Tuesday 24th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Powerful painkillers doled out in their millions are ineffective against back pain," the Daily Mail reports. An Australian review found evidence for the effectiveness of opiate-based painkillers, such as tramadol and…

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Report attacks official guidance on low-fat diets

1:40pm Monday 23rd May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake," the Daily Mirror reports. That is the main message of a controversial report attacking official UK guidelines on diet and weight loss…

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Healthier lifestyles 'could cut cancer death rates'

3:10pm Friday 20th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Half of all cancer deaths could be avoided if people simply adopted a healthier lifestyle," the Daily Mail reports. A new study adds to the weight of evidence that says combining simple lifestyle changes can dramatically…

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Review calls for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance crisis

11:30pm Thursday 19th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now," BBC News reports. A review commissioned by the UK government says wide-ranging action is required at a global level to prevent a post-antibiotic future…

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Study: 'mini strokes should be treated immediately with aspirin'

1:45pm Thursday 19th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People should consider taking aspirin immediately after a minor stroke," BBC News reports. A review of existing evidence found people treated with aspirin after a mini stroke (transient ischaemic attack, or TIA)…

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Magic mushroom ingredient tested as depression treatment

3:28pm Wednesday 18th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Magic mushrooms 'promising' in depression," BBC News reports. Magic mushrooms is an umbrella term for fungi that contain psilocybin. This is a psychoactive substance that can cause intense LSD-like…

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Are broken bones, loneliness and poor sleep really hidden killers?

12:30pm Wednesday 18th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Revealed, the five hidden killers that could send you to an early grave," the Daily Mail reports. These "hidden killers" include loneliness and poor sleep. But this is a simplistic take on complex research…

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Women who regularly attend religious services 'live longer'

2:00pm Tuesday 17th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Going to church could save your life," reports the Daily Mail, adding that, "Women who worship once a week are '25 per cent less likely to die early'." Perhaps surprisingly, while the first part of the headline is overly simplistic…

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Dad's age, diet and lifestyle may cause birth defects

2:45pm Monday 16th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men are being warned to become fathers by 40 or face a greater risk of having children with serious illnesses," the Daily Mail reports after a new review looked at some of the evidence about paternal influences on the risk of childhood diseases…

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Immune system 'plays a role in dementia'

12:30pm Friday 13th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have identified a new cause of devastating neurological conditions," the Mail Online reports – but this is entirely inaccurate. A review of existing evidence makes the case that the innate immune system may be…

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No evidence probiotics are beneficial for healthy adults

2:28pm Thursday 12th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Probiotic goods a 'waste of money' for healthy adults, research suggests," The Guardian reports. A new review of previously gathered data found no evidence that probiotics improved the balance of gut bacteria in healthy adults…

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Is a pint of beer a day good for the heart?

1:28pm Thursday 12th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pint of beer a day could protect you from heart attacks," The Independent reports. A new review on the alleged protective effects of moderate beer drinking has been warmly welcomed by the UK media – but nobody reported it was funded…

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BMI categories may need adjusting, argue researchers

12:30pm Wednesday 11th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being overweight may not be as unhealthy as it was 40 years ago," BBC News reports. New research has found a body mass index (BMI) of 27 is linked to the lowest rate of death – but someone with a BMI of 27 is currently classed as being overweight...

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33,000 deaths 'linked to failings in NHS heart attack care'

12:28pm Tuesday 10th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Thousands of heart victims killed by poor care," claims the Daily Mail. A review of clinical data from the last 10 years in England and Wales looked at patients with a history of what are known as…

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Are we sleepwalking into a 'global sleep crisis'?

12:30pm Monday 9th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"We are facing a global sleep crisis because we don't go to bed early enough, say scientists," the Mail Online reports. The warning comes from a study produced by a research team using a smartphone app (Entrain) to track sleep patterns…

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Study finds no link between mobile phones and brain cancer

11:00am Monday 9th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mobile phones don't increase the risk of brain cancer, 30-year study concludes," the Mail Online reports. The Australian study found the massive increase in mobile phone use over the past 30 years was not matched by a similar rise in brain cancer cases…

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Exercise benefits you - even in polluted city air

12:30pm Friday 6th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Why walking is good for you ... even in the smog. Health benefits of a stroll found to outweigh harm caused by chemicals and dust pumped out by traffic," says the Mail Online. The report in question was carried out...

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Can you really 'catch' obesity?

11:00am Thursday 5th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Obesity could be contagious like superbug C diff, suggest scientists," The Daily Telegraph reports. This rather alarming headline follows a study that explored characteristics of bacteria living in the human gut...

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Diluted apple juice 'as good as' rehydration drinks for children

11:00am Wednesday 4th May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have revealed which fruit can stop toddlers crying due to stomach pains," says the Daily Mirror, missing the point of the study it reports on. The study looked at the use of diluted apple juice to prevent dehydration...

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Gene breakthrough promises 'bespoke' breast cancer treatment

12:30pm Tuesday 3rd May 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Breast cancer treatment breakthrough after 'milestone' genetic discovery," says The Independent, about widely reported research investigating genetic mutations in people with breast 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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