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Being optimistic after heart attack may help with recovery

12:30pm Friday 6th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"It's true! Optimists do live longer," is the slightly misleading headline from the Mail Online. The study it reports on actually looked at the effects of optimism on physical and emotional health in 369 people recovering from a heart attack…

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Pregnancy emails

8:54am Friday 6th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

If you are currently pregnant then why not sign up for your pregnancy guide delivered straight to your inbox once a week. Full of advice, tips and suggestions for having the best pregnancy you can, spend the next nine months in confidence knowing netmums is supporting you every step of the way.

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No proof 'alcohol will make you more gorgeous'

12:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"How having just the one drink can make you look more gorgeous, according to science," The Independent reports. But the "science" turns out to be an experiment carried out under highly artificial conditions…

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People with gout have lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease

11:00am Thursday 5th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Gout could help prevent Alzheimer's, research shows," The Independent reports. Researchers think that uric acid, which causes gout, may have a protective effect against Alzheimer's disease…

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Gene testing could find those who would benefit most from statins

1:00pm Wednesday 4th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Patients with the highest genetic risk of suffering a heart attack benefit the most from cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, a study has found," The Guardian reports. Those with the highest genetic risk score appear to get the most benefit from the drugs…

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Adults may only get 'real flu' every five years

11:30am Wednesday 4th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Average adult catches virus just once every five years," the Daily Mail reports. A study has estimated that influenza infections become less frequent with age and occur every five years from the age of 30…

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Free family fun

8:43am Wednesday 4th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

An Easter egg hunt can be great fun for the whole family - and doesn't have to cost a penny - take a look at our fab Easter egg hunt tips.

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Geocaching

5:02pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015 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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Coffee can 'cut risks of heart attack' claims

12:00pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Three coffees a day cuts the risk of heart disease and strokes," the Daily Mirror reports. A large study of 25,000 adults from South Korea has found that people who drink between three and five cups of coffee per day were less likely…

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Having a baby in your 30s or 40

4:22pm Monday 2nd March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Having a baby in later life is becoming increasingly popular amongst women in the UK, in fact the figures have doubled in the last ten years! 

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Immune changes found in people with CFS/ME

11:39am Monday 2nd March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Distinct stages to chronic fatigue syndrome identified," reports BBC News online. People with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), sometimes called myalgic encephalopathy (ME), can have debilitating exhaustion...

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Appeal secondary school place

10:38am Monday 2nd March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Quick Links  Below is some information you may find useful if you find that you do not get a place at your chosen school.

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MS stem cell treatment only a 'miracle' for some

10:28am Monday 2nd March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Daily Telegraph reports a "miracle" stem cell therapy that reverses multiple sclerosis, and which according to The Sunday Times gets "wheelchair-bound" people dancing...

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St David's Day

1:18pm Sunday 1st March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Known as the 'Holiest Son of Wales', the patron saint David was the son of the noble Irish 'Lady Non' and the grand Prince Sandde. Believed to have been a subject of such holiness, he apparently performed miracles before he was even born - even the local priest felt unable to preach in church when Lady Non was present due to the sheer greatness of the child inside her whom it was believed would excel all Christian teachers.

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March competitions

9:47am Sunday 1st March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Bookmark us now for some of the best UK competitions for families, with new prizes to win every single month! Free prize draws, great giveaways and star prizes on offer with over £12,000 of prizes in March. Click here to find competitions local to you. See all of our competition winners and check out some great special offers near you too. You can also join in our competition chat in our competition forum. Good Luck! Please read our Netmums Terms & Conditions

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Super strict instructions

12:36pm Saturday 28th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Instructions for Jacob Samuel Jones*   

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World Book Day

3:29pm Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Primary schools usually tie in with World Book Day in some way, and most distribute the £1 book tokens. There may be other special events happening, such as book fairs, or a visits from famous authors or local writers - they may read to the children or hold a special book signing event. 

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Healthy older adults carry leukaemia mutations

1:00pm Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"DNA develops to acquire genetic mutations linked with cancer as you get older," The Independent reports. A study of samples of blood cells found that DNA in older people began to acquire mutations associated with leukaemia…

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Does deadly diet drug DNP defeat diabetes?

11:30am Friday 27th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A chemical [DNP] which caused munitions factory workers to lose weight inexplicably in the First World War could cure diabetes," The Daily Telegraph reports. The banned weight loss drug looked effective and safe when given in a modified form to rats…

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Over two hours screen time a day may raise a child’s blood pressure

11:50am Thursday 26th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Watching TV for more than two hours a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children," The Daily Telegraph reports. A large study, involving more than 5,000 children who were followed up over two years…

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Longer sleep linked to stroke

11:00am Thursday 26th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"People who sleep more than eight hours are more likely to have a stroke," The Independent reports. After pooling data from previous research, researchers estimate that people who regularly sleep more than eight hours a day have a 46% higher risk…

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'Game changer' HIV drug cuts infection risk by 86%

1:00pm Wednesday 25th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%," The Independent reports. The drug, Truvada, has proved very successful in a "real-world" trial…

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Depression linked to violent crime

10:30am Wednesday 25th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Depressed people are three times more likely to commit a violent crime," the Daily Mirror reports. Research into Swedish crime and medical data found that depression was linked with an increased risk of a person committing a violent crime…

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Anger possibly linked with non-fatal heart attacks

7:32am Tuesday 24th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Plate-throwing rage' raises heart attack risk nearly 10 fold," The Daily Telegraph reports, slightly inaccurately. This headline reports on a study that found that just seven out of 313 people had felt "very angry"...

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Many deaths of mentally ill in custody 'avoidable'

4:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Hundreds of deaths in mental health units 'were avoidable'," says a report on the front page of today’s Independent. The Guardian highlights 662 mentally ill detainee deaths from 2010 to 2013...

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Media overstates dementia benefits of Mediterranean diet

3:55pm Monday 23rd February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New diet to fight dementia," claims the Sunday Express, somewhat predictably, while The Independent reports: "Mediterranean diet could help beat dementia". Despite the media focus...

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New HPV vaccine may protect against 90% of cervical cancers

1:30pm Friday 20th February 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New HPV vaccine stops 90% of cervical cancers," the Mail Online reports. The vaccine, which protects against nine common strains of the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), has proved both safe and effective in a study involving 14,000 women…

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