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1:29am Tuesday 4th August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Scientists hail '100% effective' Ebola vaccine

2:13pm Monday 3rd August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer'," says BBC News, while the Daily Mail cites a "100% effective jab" for the disease. These headlines stem from early results of a trial investigating the effects of an Ebola...

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Hiding HIV virus 'flushed out' by skin cancer drug

12:30pm Monday 3rd August 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"HIV flushed out by cancer drug", BBC News reports. This headline was prompted by laboratory research showing the promising results of a cancer drug being used to treat HIV…

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Summer treasure hunts

1:41am Monday 3rd August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Parents struggle to feed kids

4:56am Sunday 2nd August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

According to the research, conducted by Northumbria University, 71% of parents find it hard to make ends meet during the school holidays.

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NSPCC

4:45am Saturday 1st August 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Kam Thandi, Head of the NSPCC's helpine services, said:

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New 'iClusters' identify five subtypes of prostate cancer

12:00pm Friday 31st July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have identified five types of prostate cancer, each with a distinct genetic signature," BBC News reports. The hope is that recognising the genetic signature of a specific cancer could lead to targeted treatments...

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11 annoying things you will miss

2:21am Friday 31st July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Parents race

1:33pm Thursday 30th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

There's no way on God's clean earth I'd ever have even considered signing up to take part if my darling daughter hadn't volunteered me. Can't believe I've been bulldozed into this.

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Can the so-called 'male menopause' be treated with HRT?

1:00pm Thursday 30th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"New research suggests that testosterone deficiency in older men is much more prevalent than current screening methods suggest, and that more men would benefit from hormone treatment," The Daily Telegraph reports…

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Colic

1:31pm Wednesday 29th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Colic.

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NICE produces new draft guidelines on caring for the dying

12:30pm Wednesday 29th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"England's health watchdog has put forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life," BBC News reports.The guidelines, produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)…

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Motherhood

1:32am Wednesday 29th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

1. It's possible to survive for quite a while on two to three hours sleep a night.

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Some over-the-counter drugs may be linked to falls in older men

11:00pm Tuesday 28th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Popular over-the-counter drugs for hay fever and insomnia may increase the risk of a serious fall among older men," the Daily Mail reports after a study suggested anticholinergic drugs, which can cause side effects such…

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Pre-eclampsia

1:30pm Tuesday 28th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

According to the study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG), levels of biomarkers in the blood of pregnant women can be used to predict which women are at risk of pre-eclampsia. (In medicine, a biomarker is a measurable indicator of the severity or presence of some disease state.)

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Nose balloon could be used to treat glue ear

11:00am Tuesday 28th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Using the nose to inflate a balloon helps heal glue ear," BBC News reports. The technique, known as autoinflation, was found to be effective in around half of cases of this common childhood ear condition…

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The placebo effect can still work, even if people know it's a placebo

12:30pm Monday 27th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The placebo effect is real – even if you know the treatment you've been given has no medical value, research has concluded," the Mail Online reports. The study in question aimed to further understand how placebos – inactive or dummy treatments – work…

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Velcro baby tips

4:24am Monday 27th July 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Is there really a middle-class drinking 'epidemic' in over-50s?

12:00pm Friday 24th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers," the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact...

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Study says 'size really doesn’t matter' when it comes to a penis

11:30am Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists claim they've worked out what makes the perfect penis," The Independent reports. According to Swiss researchers, women value overall cosmetic appearance of a penis over length…

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Unhealthy thinking about body and weight 'can start in childhood'

10:40am Thursday 23rd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Basis for eating disorders found in children as young as eight," The Guardian reports. A new UK survey of around 6,000 children found the roots of unhealthy thinking about body and weight can predate adolescence…

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Sugary drinks linked to 8,000 new UK diabetes cases a year

11:00am Wednesday 22nd July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Are sugary drinks causing 8,000 cases of diabetes every year?," the Daily Mirror asks, as a new study estimates they could cause thousands of type 2 diabetes cases in the UK, and millions in the US…

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Night shifts 'linked to increased breast cancer risk'

9:00am Tuesday 21st July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Irregular sleeping patterns have been 'unequivocally' shown to lead to [breast] cancer in tests on mice, a study suggests," BBC News reports. Scientists are concerned a similar effect may occur in women working night shifts…

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Study finds obese people may struggle to reach a healthy weight

12:50pm Monday 20th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Obese men have just a '1 in 210' chance of attaining a healthy body weight,” The Independent reports. This was the findings of a study that looked at the body mass index (BMI) measurements of almost 300,000 people...

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Sugar intake should be drastically reduced says report

2:00pm Friday 17th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sugar intake 'should be halved'," BBC News reports. The headline is prompted by a government report that recommends no more than 5% of our calorie intake should come from "free sugars". The previous recommendation was 10%...

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Homer Simpson and Peppa Pig 'linked to childhood obesity'

10:35am Friday 17th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Peppa Pig and Homer Simpson could be fuelling the child obesity crisis by causing youngsters to eat more," The Daily Telegraph reports after a series of psychological experiments found a link between exposure to overweight characters…

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Weak link between depression and frequent smartphone use

1:30pm Thursday 16th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Smartphone behaviour 'could diagnose depression' says new scientific study," the Daily Mirror reports. But based on the data presented in the study the paper is reporting on, we would disagree...

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Should we worry about the 'flesh-eating killer bug'?

8:59am Wednesday 15th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

A "terrifying" and "flesh-eating" bug that "kills one in four it infects invasively" is spreading around the world, warns The Daily Telegraph in news that surprisingly didn't make its front page...

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Researchers identify protein that spreads cancer

11:00am Tuesday 14th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists have found a way of preventing the spread of cancer from the site of the original tumour," The Independent reports. Targeting proteins called DNA-PKcs could prevent cancer cells moving to other…

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No proof tea is the 'elixir of life'

12:30pm Monday 13th July 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Is the elixir of life as simple as two cups of tea?," the Mail Online asks, prompted by a study looking at whether tea drinking is associated with a longer life expectancy in women…

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