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Claudia speaks out

3:58pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Claudia says she regrets dressing her eight year old daughter Matilda in a fancy dress costume bought from a supermarket. Matilda was dressed up as a witch for Halloween in a long flowing skirt, hat, cape and stripy tights, which cost about £5. The outfit was set alight by a candle as they were out trick or treating.

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Minor ailment scheme doesn't provide free Calpol for all

2:00pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Thousands discover Calpol has been free on NHS 'for years' as mum's Facebook post goes viral," the Daily Mirror reports. This and other similar headlines were prompted by a post made on the social networking site Facebook…

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Is paracetamol use in pregnancy harmful for male babies?

1:48pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Paracetamol use in pregnancy may harm male foetus," The Guardian reports. Researchers found evidence that taking paracetamol for seven days may lower the amount of testosterone testicular tissue can produce…

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Mildly cold weather 'more deadly' than heatwaves or very cold snaps

1:00pm Thursday 21st May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mildly cold, drizzly days far deadlier than extreme temperatures," The Independent reports. An international study looking at weather-related deaths estimated that moderate cold killed far more people than extremely hot or cold temperatures…

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Links between hay fever, asthma and prostate cancer inconclusive

1:00pm Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men with hay fever are more likely to have prostate cancer – but those with asthma are more likely to survive it," the Daily Mirror reports. Those were the puzzling and largely inconclusive findings of a new study looking at these three conditions...

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Children of the 90s more likely to be overweight or obese

12:48pm Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Children of the 90s are three times as likely to be obese as their parents and grandparents," the Mail Online reports. A UK survey looking at data from 1946 to 2001…

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coolest professor

9:14am Wednesday 20th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

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Festivals

4:15pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Before I take you through my top tips you might want to consider a day ticket rather than going the whole hog. I think it's the best introduction to the workings of a festival; you can see how the kids last, test boredom and patience thresholds, and know that you've got the comfort of your own bed and bathroom at the end of the day to look forward to!

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Stem cells could provide a treatment for a 'broken heart'

2:00pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Heartbreak' stem cells could repair damage of heart attack," The Daily Telegraph reports. Research in mice suggests that stem cells could repair the damage to muscles that occur during a heart attack and relieve symptoms of heart failure…

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Bioengineering advances raise fears of 'home-brew heroin'

12:00pm Tuesday 19th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

The Daily Mirror carries the alarming headline that, "Heroin made in home-brew beer kits could create epidemic of hard drug abuse". It says scientists are "calling for urgent action to prevent criminal gangs gaining access…

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mumbod

8:14pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

So here they are in all their glory, introducing the mumbod...

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No proof orange juice boosts brain power

1:00pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Drinking orange juice every day could improve brain power in the elderly, research shows," the Mail Online reports. Despite the encouraging words from the media, the small study this headline is based on does not provide strong evidence that an…

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Drug combination for cystic fibrosis looks promising

12:00pm Monday 18th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A 'groundbreaking' new therapy for cystic fibrosis could hugely improve patients' quality of life," The Daily Telegraph reports after a combination of two drugs – lumacaftor and ivacaftor – was found to improve lung function…

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Post Natal Depression

2:47pm Sunday 17th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

For mothers

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Setting up a business

2:02pm Sunday 17th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Related pages Starting a business from home: know your market So you know what you are wanting to sell - whether it's a service or a product. The most important thing is that it should be something that people want to buy. Without a market your business will fail, so find out everything you can.

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Helping child adjust to baby

8:46am Saturday 16th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Related links Bringing a new baby home is a hugely joyful, exciting experience, but if you have an older child the arrival of a new sibling can be a an emotionally confusing time. With everything going on and baby's routines taking over the household, older children can sometimes feel excluded and bewildered by all the comings and goings. Younger children in particular can react quite strongly to a sudden change in the status quo, so it's vital to offer plenty of love and reassurance as they adjust to the new family dynamic.

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Coping with twins or more

1:56pm Friday 15th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Quick links Caring for one newborn baby is quite challenging enough, but how do you manage if you're mum to multiples?

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Does holding your breath during an injection make it less painful?

12:00pm Friday 15th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Hate injections? Holding your breath can make the pain of jabs more bearable," the Mail Online reports. A team of Spanish researchers mechanically squeezed the fingernails of 38 willing volunteers to cause them pain…

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Single mothers have 'worse health in later life'

11:30am Friday 15th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Single mothers more likely to suffer ill health, study finds," The Independent reports. A study involving over 25,000 women found evidence that single mothers were more likely to report ill health and be affected by disability…

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Naughty children

7:24pm Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Credit: John Carey We all know what it's like to have to deal with challenging behaviour in children. No child in the world hasn't thrown a hissy fit about something irrational, or gone through such a naughty phase where you start to wonder what on earth's going on.

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Worst baby names ever?

2:16pm Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

we wonder what will make this year's list?...

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Cannabis-extract pills 'not effective' for dementia symptoms

2:00pm Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cannabis pills 'do not help dementia sufferers'," reports The Daily Telegraph. Previous research suggested one of the active ingredients in cannabis – tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)…

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Could testing grip strength predict heart disease risk?

11:40am Thursday 14th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Poor grip can signal chances of major illness or premature death," the Mail Online reports. An international study has provided evidence that assessing grip strength could help identify people who were at higher risk of cardiovascular events…

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Study finds seasons may affect immune system activity

11:25am Wednesday 13th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Winter immune boost may actually cause deaths," The Guardian reports. A new gene study suggests there may be an increase in inflammation levels during winter, which can protect against infection but could also make...

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Doctors issue warning about overtreating patients

11:00am Wednesday 13th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"NHS tests and drugs 'do more harm than good'," is the headline in The Telegraph, while The Guardian warns: "Doctors to withhold treatments in campaign against 'too much medicine'."…

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Hormone oestrogen linked to male breast cancer

1:00pm Tuesday 12th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Men with naturally high levels of the female hormone oestrogen are at greater risk of male breast cancer," The Daily Telegraph reports. Men with high levels of the hormone were significantly more likely to develop this rare form of breast cancer…

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Scientists 'amazed' at spread of typhoid 'superbug'

12:00pm Tuesday 12th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Antibiotic-resistant typhoid is spreading across Africa and Asia and poses a major global health threat," BBC News reports. A multidrug-resistant strain of the bacterium H58 was found in 21 out of the 63 countries studied…

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Claims a 'sweet tooth' increases your Alzheimer’s risk too simplistic

12:30pm Monday 11th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Could cake and chocolate lead to Alzheimer's disease?" The Daily Telegraph asks. The question is prompted by research in mice that found evidence that having a high blood sugar level could lead to damage to the brain…

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Overweight diabetics 'live longer' than slimmer diabetics

12:00pm Monday 11th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Overweight diabetics are 13 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those of a normal weight or those who are obese," the Mail Online reports. Research suggests that the obesity paradox may be involved in diabetes…

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Eating little and often 'no better for dieters than fewer feasts'

10:01am Friday 8th May 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Eating little and often – like Jennifer Aniston – could help dieters achieve a healthy weight loss," reports the Mirror. Meanwhile, the Mail Online urges us to "Forget three square meals a day – eating six smaller portions...

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