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Bonfire night

10:09am Friday 31st October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

You can really get into the Bonfire Night spirit by making these cute crafts with the kids before the big night. Fireworks prints, a bonfire, and a rocket ship. What could be more fun?

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Does paracetamol ease pain of decision making?

11:45am Thursday 30th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Paracetamol could make difficult decisions less of a headache," the Mail Online reports. The story follows a US study that looked at whether taking paracetamol could reduce the pain of making difficult decisions…

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Details of autism genes uncovered in global study

11:30am Thursday 30th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A massive international study has started to unpick the 'fine details' of why some people develop autism," BBC News reports. Analysis of the genes of people with autism suggests certain genetic variants disrupt signalling pathways inside the brain…

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Baby gazing

10:49am Thursday 30th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

During your nine months of pregnancy you watch and feel your bump grow. You feel the strong kick of your baby's feet and the movements as your baby twists and turns inside your womb. You can't wait to meet your baby and imagine what this new little person will look like. You might have had a late scan in which your baby looks alien-like and wondrous in equal measures. You imagine mini-mes or mini-daddys and try to guess whether your baby will be blue-eyed or brown, fair-haired or dark...

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Milk may be linked to bone fractures and early death

12:15pm Wednesday 29th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking more than three glasses of milk a day may not protect bones against breaking – and may even lead to higher rates of death," the Mail Online reports. Do not be alarmed – your milkman is no Hallowe'en death-bringer…

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Could sex with 21 women 'cut prostate risk'?

10:30am Wednesday 29th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sleeping with more than 20 women protects men against prostate cancer, academics find," The Daily Telegraph reports. The study in question included more than 1,500 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and a matched…

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Autumn fun

7:58am Wednesday 29th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Autumn is the perfect time of year for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature. Dress up warm, walk in the crisp leaves, play conkers and finish it off with a nice cup of team when you're back home. Perfect.

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Halloween

2:18pm Tuesday 28th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

We have a gallery which gives you step by step guidance on carving a Halloween pumpkin. See how to do it.

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Agave syrup no better than placebo cough remedy

12:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Placebo cough treatment benefits children and their parents, study suggests," The Daily Telegraph reports. A US study found that children’s reported cough symptoms improved even though they were just given a dummy treatment…

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Drugs may work better at certain times of the day

11:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Take your medication at the right time of day or it might not work,” The Independent reports. The news is based on a study which looked at the pattern of genes made in 12 different mouse organs, to see if any of the genes showed a circadian rhythm…

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Lab-grown killer cells could treat brain tumours

11:00am Monday 27th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Scientists … have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer," BBC News reports. While the results of this study were encouraging, the research involved mice, not humans…

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A mug of cocoa is not a cure for memory problems

10:00am Monday 27th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cup of cocoa could give the elderly the memory of a 'typical 30 or 40-year-old'," The Independent reports. Before you race down to the supermarket to pick up a tub of chocolatey powder, you might want to pause...

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'Putting clocks forward boosts kids' exercise'

9:52am Friday 24th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Moving the clocks forward by one extra hour all year in the UK could lead to children getting more exercise every day, say researchers," reports BBC News. In the UK...

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Sunshine isn't slimming and can't halt diabetes

9:29am Friday 24th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sunshine can make you thin," claims the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Express splashed on its front page that, "Sunlight is key to fighting diabetes". Both are strong contenders for the title of the day's most inaccurate health headline...

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Diwali

1:16pm Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Diwali recipes

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'Shift workers should avoid steak' claim mistaken

10:30am Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice…

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Dopamine drug linked to compulsive sex, shopping and gambling

10:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drugs for restless leg syndrome cause gambling, hypersexuality, and compulsive shopping," Metro reports. A US study found that the dopamine receptor agonists class of drugs carries the rare but severe side effect of encouraging compulsive behaviours…

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Changes in 'Parkinson’s walk' predicts dementia

10:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Subtle changes in the walking pattern of Parkinson's patients could predict their rate of cognitive decline," The Times reports after new research compared the gait of people with Parkinson's disease with those of healthy volunteers…

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NICE wants tooth brushing to be taught in schools

9:15am Wednesday 22nd October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children should get their teeth brushed at school, says NHS watchdog," The Daily Telegraph reports. The new guidelines have been welcomed by some, but others have accused the watchdog of acting like a "supernanny state"...

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Eating out

2:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Finding places to eat out that are family friendly, can sometimes be tricky. Whether you're looking for a friendly atmosphere, somewhere for the children to play, healthy more interesting children's meals, or somewhere able to warm up baby food, try our lists of suggestions from other Netmums members.

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Paralysed man walks again after pioneering surgery

10:30am Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"World first as man whose spinal cord was severed WALKS," the Mail Online reports. In what has been described as pioneering research, transplanted cells have been used to stimulate the repair of his spinal cord…

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Smokers' homes 'as polluted as Beijing'

9:29am Tuesday 21st October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Living with smoker 'as bad as living in polluted city'," BBC News reports. Scottish researchers have estimated that the level of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in smokers' households is similar to those found in a heavily polluted city such as Beijing…

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BMI tests 'miss' over a quarter of obese children

11:00am Monday 20th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Quarter of obese children missed by BMI tests," the Mail Online reports. The headline was prompted by a review that combined the results of 37 studies in more than 50,000 children and found body mass index (BMI)…

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Viagra could double up as heart failure drug

9:30am Monday 20th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sex pill Viagra could help men suffering from heart disease," reports the Mirror. This headline follows a new review into the potential heart benefits of the active ingredient in erectile dysfunction drugs such as sildenafil (Viagra)…

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Autumn

5:03pm Sunday 19th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

Autumn is the perfect time of year for getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature. Dress up warm, walk in the crisp leaves, play conkers and finish it off with a nice cup of team when you're back home. Perfect.

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Exercise data signs could cut sugary drink intake

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Signs warning shoppers how much exercise they need to do to burn off calories in sugary drinks can encourage healthier choices," BBC News reports. Signs in shops in an area of Baltimore led to a change in shopping habits amongst teenagers…

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How to carve a pumpkin

6:58pm Thursday 16th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

With some assistance from Undley Pumpkin Patch we've put together some top tips on how to carve a pumpkin...take a look at our gallery and be inspired!

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Paper pumpkins

6:50pm Wednesday 15th October 2014 content supplied by Netmums

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