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Fitness trackers 'don't help you lose weight'

3:28pm Friday 23rd September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

“Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” reports Sky News on a new trial which investigated whether using wearable technology helped people lose more weight compared to standard weight-loss programmes...

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GM chemicals in cleaning products are 'potent allergens'

3:28pm Thursday 22nd September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

“GM enzymes used in household products 'are potent allergens',” reports The Daily Mail following research on the potential for genetically modified enzymes to cause allergies. Researchers took blood samples from 813 workers...

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People with 'obesity gene' can still lose weight

3:30pm Wednesday 21st September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"No excuses not to slim as 'fat gene' found not to affect ability to lose weight," reports The Daily Telegraph. It is one of several news outlets to report on research suggesting people who put on weight easily because of a genetic variant…

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NICE issues new guidelines on sexting in teens

4:28pm Tuesday 20th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"An NHS watchdog has issued advice about sexting to help professionals spot the difference between 'normal' sexual experimentation and harmful sexual behaviour among children and teens," BBC News reports…

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Cuddling a kitten almost certainly won't kill you

1:28pm Tuesday 20th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Cuddling kittens can kill you," warns The Telegraph in one of the more alarming headlines to appear in the national press for some time. But cat lovers can relax – deaths and serious illness from "killer kittens"…

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Contraceptive pills not proven to protect against the flu

3:30pm Monday 19th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"How taking the pill could protect you from the flu," was the curious headline on a recent Mail Online article. The equally curious animal study involved female mice who had their ovaries surgically removed…

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Women dying needlessly due to not attending cervical screening

3:30pm Friday 16th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The lives of hundreds more cervical cancer patients could be saved if all those eligible went for screening," BBC News reports. An analysis estimates an additional 347 deaths per year in England could be prevented if all eligible women…

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Could fertility breakthrough lead to babies with no mothers?

4:30pm Thursday 15th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Fertility breakthrough means babies could be conceived from skin cells – so men can have babies with each other," is the excitable headline in the Daily Mirror. But the research in the news is at an early stage – and was in mice…

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Invasive early prostate cancer treatments not always needed

3:30pm Thursday 15th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Closely monitoring prostate cancer offers just as good a chance of survival as harsh and invasive treatments," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers found invasive treatments for early stage prostate cancer, such as surgery…

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E-cigarettes 'help thousands successfully quit smoking'

2:30pm Wednesday 14th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes in the UK may have resulted in more successful attempts to quit smoking," BBC News reports. A UK study looking at survey data from England over the past 10 years showed…

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Coil 'more effective' than morning after pill

4:30pm Monday 12th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Women should use the coil rather than the morning-after pill as emergency contraception, according to official new guidelines," the Mail Online reports. The guidelines, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence…

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Statins are 'safe, effective and should be used more widely'

3:30pm Friday 9th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"The benefits of statins are hugely underestimated and far outweigh any harm," the Daily Mail reports. A major review also argues that the risks of statins have been exaggerated by both the media and some sections of the medical profession…

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Can exercise offset some of the harms of regular drinking?

3:28pm Thursday 8th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Adults who booze regularly but exercise for five hours a week are no more likely to die than teetotallers," the Mail Online reports. A study suggests exercise may compensate for some, but certainly not all, of the harms associated with excessive alcohol…

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C-section babies 'more likely' to grow up obese

3:50pm Wednesday 7th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Babies born by caesarean more likely to be obese as adults, study suggests," The Guardian reports. A US study found that babies born via caesarean section had a 64% increased risk of becoming obese compared to their siblings born by vaginal delivery…

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Pollution particles in the brain 'linked to Alzheimer's disease'

2:28pm Wednesday 7th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Air pollution particles linked to Alzheimer's found in human brain," Sky News reports after new research found tiny particles of magnetite – a potentially toxic by-product of traffic pollution – in samples of brain tissue...

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Vitamin D 'protects against severe asthma attacks'

3:30pm Tuesday 6th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Vitamin D supplements could halve risk of serious asthma attacks," The Guardian reports. A review of previous data found that vitamin D supplements could have a protective effect against serious asthma attacks when taken alongside...

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Radiotherapy 'provides no benefit for secondary brain tumours'

3:30pm Monday 5th September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"'Whole brain radiotherapy' is of no benefit to people with lung cancer which has spread to the brain," BBC News reports. A UK study found radiotherapy did not significantly increase survival times and quality of life when compared with standard care…

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Billions at potential risk from Zika virus spread

2:40pm Friday 2nd September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Zika: Two billion at risk in Africa and Asia," BBC News reports. A new modelling study suggests the virus could spread, via air travel, to Asia and Africa. Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. For most people it is a mild infection…

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Plaque busting drug shows early promise in preventing Alzheimer's

2:30pm Thursday 1st September 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A revolutionary drug that could stop people from ever developing Alzheimer's disease has been unveiled," the Daily Mail reports. The drug, aducanumab, encourages the immune system to attack the abnormal plaques of protein linked to Alzheimer's disease…

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Targeting 'addiction switch' may help combat alcohol addiction

3:30pm Wednesday 31st August 2016 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Alcoholics are missing 'vital chemical in their brain' that helps control addiction," the Daily Express reports. Research carried out on rats suggests that low levels of the PRDM2 enzyme could trigger self-destructive addictive behaviour…

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Ideas for boxing day

4:17pm Friday 25th December 2015 content supplied by Netmums

A winter walk in the country is a great Boxing Day tradition – unless you’ve got kids who act like every single step is torture. Throw in an element of adventure, though, and it’ll stop the whinging in its tracks. We love geocaching – a modern day treasure hunt using your phone or a satnav – for getting that Famous Five vibe with a 21st-century twist.

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reward charts

10:38am Saturday 9th May 2015 content supplied by Netmums

We've put together some cute reward simple and more detailed reward charts as well as placemats to colour in, based around pirates, fairies and monsters - you choose.

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