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GI diet 'debunked' claims are misleading

10:29am Friday 19th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

Today, the Mail Online says: "The GI diet debunked: Glycaemic index is irrelevant for most healthy people", explaining how "it doesn't matter if you eat white or wholewheat bread". This overgeneralised and misleading headline followed...

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Ibuprofen unlikely to extend life

9:54am Friday 19th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Daily Mirror today reports that, “taking ibuprofen every day could extend your life by up to 12 YEARS”. The Daily Express also has a similar front page headline, while...

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New cinema for Christmas

12:20pm Thursday 18th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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'Electromagnetic smog' unlikely to harm humans

11:30am Thursday 18th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Daily Telegraph reports: "mobile phones are unlikely to harm human health", adding to the ongoing coverage of the potential health impact of what some have called electromagnetic smog…

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Festive film and TV Guide

10:47am Thursday 18th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

1. White Christmas An oldie but a goodie! Magical Christmas musical starring Bing Crosby When: Monday 22 December, 11.50am, Channel 4

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Fathers-to-be experience hormone changes

1:00pm Wednesday 17th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Men suffer pregnancy symptoms too: Fluctuating hormones make fathers-to-be … more caring,” the Mail Online reports. A small US study found evidence of changes in hormonal levels that may make fathers-to-be more able…

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E-cigarettes could help some smokers quit

12:00pm Wednesday 17th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"E-cigarettes can help smokers quit or cut down heavily," The Guardian reports. An international review of the evidence, carried out by the well-respected Cochrane Collaboration, found evidence that they can help some smokers quit…

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Feeling 'young at heart' may increase lifespan

11:55am Tuesday 16th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Feeling young at heart wards off death, scientists find," The Daily Telegraph reports. A UK study found that people who reported feeling younger than their actual age were less likely to die than those who reported feeling their actual age or older…

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Yoga may help protect against heart disease

11:05am Tuesday 16th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Yoga could be as effective as cycling or brisk walks in reducing the risk of a heart attack or stroke,” The Guardian reports. Researchers have pooled the results of previous studies and reports finding 'promising evidence'…

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Political hardliners 'fitter' than 'fence sitters'

11:30am Monday 15th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Being an extremist is BETTER for your health than holding moderate views," the Mail Online reports. A very much tongue in cheek study presents evidence that "armchair socialists" and their right-wing counterparts are more active that political moderates…

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Spicy food 'curries favour' with alpha males

11:10am Monday 15th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Men who like spicier food are 'alpha males' with higher levels of testosterone,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A small French study found an association between a preference for spicy foods and elevated testosterone levels…

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Donate to kids company

11:49am Sunday 14th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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Top Christmas songs

3:06pm Friday 12th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

The Pogues, 'The Fairytale of New York' This darker take on a Christmas song is up there with the best.

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Could a '10 to 6' working day help you sleep better?

12:30pm Friday 12th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

A major new study of American workers has recommended “later start times to improve on health,” the Mail Online reports. To improve people’s sleep patterns the research team suggested work start times could be moved later, such as 10am...

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Memory gaps in graduates a 'stroke warning sign'

11:00am Friday 12th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“People with memory problems who have a university education could be at greater risk of a stroke,” BBC News reports. The hypothesis is that the gaps in memory could be the result of reduced blood flow to the brain, which may then trigger a stroke…

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Almost half of all adults take prescription drugs

10:30am Thursday 11th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs,” BBC News reports. The figures have come to light as part of a new survey into drug prescribing patterns…

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Food additive could reduce appetite

9:54am Thursday 11th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Appetite suppressing additive could be added to food to create 'slimming bread'," ITV News reports. A compound called inulin-propionate ester is thought to stimulate the production of appetite suppressing hormones, making people feel full-up…

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Top Christmas tips

12:04pm Wednesday 10th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

A nice idea for  gifts for teachers or carers is to give them an Xmas tree bauble as a pressie. It's more personal than just giving chocs and the teacher or carer will remember your child each year when they put up their decorations - posted by Susan S

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Gene therapy could help with inherited blindness

11:25am Wednesday 10th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Procedure to restore sight in dogs gives hope for future blindness cure," The Independent reports. Researchers have restored some modest degree of light sensitivity (though not full vision) in animals who have a similar condition…

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Academic hype 'distorting' health news

10:29am Wednesday 10th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Science and health news hype: where does it come from?," The Guardian asks. A new study suggests a lot of the hype comes from academics themselves, or at least their press offices, as many press releases contain exaggerations…

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Gifts for teachers

3:02pm Tuesday 9th December 2014 content supplied by Netmums

This page offers some guidance and ideas on making or buying thank you presents for teachers at Christmas. You can also join the debate or find more ideas in the Coffee House.

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Around 1 in 10 maternal deaths due to flu

12:25pm Tuesday 9th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Nearly one in ten pregnant deaths caused by flu,” The Daily Telegraph reports. A review into maternal deaths, which thankfully remain rare, found that conditions such as the flu and sepsis account for many of the deaths...

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Hopes for chemicals that turn 'bad' fat 'good'

11:00am Tuesday 9th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists discovered how to trigger a molecule which can turn 'bad' white fat cells into 'good' energy-burning brown fat cells," The Daily Telegraph reports, saying that it could "replace the treadmill". But this proof of concept lab research…

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Lack of sleep linked to negative thinking

11:30am Monday 8th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Feeling anxious? Go to bed earlier: Getting more sleep really can calm the mind,” reports the Mail Online. However, if you’re more of a ‘glass half-empty’ sort of person, the headline could have read “feeling anxious affects your sleep”…

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Text alerts 'help prompt people to take their pills'

9:55am Monday 8th December 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A text messaging service could help people remember to take the medicines they have been prescribed," BBC News reports after a small trial scheme in London helped increase drug adherence in people with cardiovascular disease…

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