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All about April fools day

4:02pm Wednesday 1st April 2015 content supplied by Netmums

April Fool's Day, also known as 'All Fool's Day', has traditionally been a day when people play tricks on each other. Practical jokes and tricks are usually reserved only for the morning. In many countries the tradition goes that you cannot play tricks on each other once 12 noon has passed. In fact, should you try and play a trick after this time it is you who becomes the fool! A traditional rhyme is often recited to remind people of their error if they attempt a trick in the afternoon: "April Fool is dead and gone, you're a fool to carry on!"

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Concerns raised about increased e-cigarette use in teenagers

12:30pm Wednesday 1st April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"E-cigarettes: Many teenagers trying them, survey concludes," BBC News reports after a survey of around 16,000 English teenagers found one in five teens had tried an e-cigarette…

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Paracetamol 'not effective' for lower back pain or arthritis

11:31am Wednesday 1st April 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Paracetamol doesn't help lower-back pain or arthritis, study shows," The Guardian reports on a new review. The review found no evidence that paracetamol had a significant positive effect, compared to placebo…

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Healthy diet could cut risk of Alzheimer's disease

12:44pm Tuesday 31st March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A new diet could more than halve a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease," the Mail Online reports. In a new study, researchers looked at the effects of three diets on the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease…

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Sperm quality pesticides claim 'should be treated with caution'

10:31am Tuesday 31st March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Pesticides on fruit and vegetables may be damaging sperm counts and men should consider going organic if they want to have children," The Daily Telegraph reports…

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Meningitis B jab to be added to NHS child vaccine schedule

11:45am Monday 30th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Britain will become the first country in the world to offer a nationwide vaccination programme against meningitis," The Independent reports. A vaccine against the potentially life-threatening bacterial infection will be provided later this year...

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Parents fail to spot that their kids are obese

11:31am Monday 30th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children, resulting in damaging consequences for health," BBC News reports after a new study found a third of UK parents underestimated the weight of their child…

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Getting advice from your health visitor

10:25am Monday 30th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

One of the key people you can get advice from is your community Health Visitor, but many people aren't fully aware of the breadth of their knowledge and the important work they do with mums, from the early days right through to starting school.

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Knackered parents club

11:39am Sunday 29th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

"It's not a place for advice but a little space to share just how tired we are and 'have a wee moan with no judgement', the mum who started the thread says. "We know it will end and that it's just another phase but when you're in it it feels endless. I'm just so tired. We're not alone. We love our children. We're just so tired."

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Child modelling

11:24am Sunday 29th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

As mums, we all know that our little ones are just gorgeous, but what can you do if you think your baby or child has the added extra to become a child model? Netmums has a hugely popular Child Modelling Club in the Netmums Coffeehouse where you can go to talk to other mums about child modelling.

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Clocks changing - sleep

1:56pm Friday 27th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

We figured the best place to find advice on helping your child stick to their routine when the clocks change was from our very own Netmums. So we've had a look through the Coffeehouse chats and picked out some tips we really like.

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Fit middle-aged men have lower cancer risk

1:00pm Friday 27th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Very fit men in their late 40s are less likely to get lung cancer and colorectal cancer than unfit men," says BBC News as it reports on a new US study…

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Crossing your fingers may help reduce pain

11:00am Friday 27th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Crossing your fingers might reduce pain," says The Guardian. The study behind the news found crossing your fingers may confuse the way your brain processes feelings of hot and cold…

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The cost of a divorce or separation

4:06pm Thursday 26th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

The legal process of formally ending a marriage or civil partnership is overseen by a court and will cost several hundred pounds.

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Do antibiotics in pregnancy cause cerebral palsy and epilepsy?

12:00pm Thursday 26th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Antibiotic used in pregnancy linked to risk of epilepsy and cerebral palsy," The Guardian reports. The results of a new study suggest women who take macrolide antibiotics were slightly more likely to give birth to a child with one (or both)…

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bit more toddler

11:57am Thursday 26th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Toddlers spring out of bed and immediately jump about, happy as can be and excited about the day ahead. We, on the other hand, wake up bleary-eyed and our first thought is 'coffee' followed by 'When can I go to sleep again?'. Wouldn't it be great to wake up with such a zest for life and excitement about what the day ahead has in store?

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Milk and dairy 'good for the brain' claim unproven

12:00am Thursday 26th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Three glasses of milk every day ‘helps prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's’," is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph. The study it reports on only found that a high-dairy diet was linked to increased levels of an…

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Frequent antibiotic use linked to higher type 2 diabetes risk

1:30pm Wednesday 25th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Repeated antibiotic use linked to diabetes," BBC News reports. A major new study found that people who took five or more courses a year had a higher than normal risk of developing type 2 diabetes…

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Study finds link between air pollution and stroke risk

11:30am Wednesday 25th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Air pollution is linked to an increased risk of stroke," BBC News reports, prompted by a large global study in The BMJ. Researchers found an association even with brief upsurges in air pollution levels…

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Sex education in teens

10:33am Wednesday 25th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

Schools have ‘reproduction’ lessons for pupils aged nine or ten, so find out when these will happen and use them as a cue to add your contribution to your child's sex education. Starting secondary school is when the playground chat really begins, so that might be a good time for a ‘phase two’ chat. 

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Arts and crafts for mums

3:49pm Tuesday 24th March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

With a new craft every month, you will have no excuse for not getting crafty this year - try these fab crafts from Mollie Makes

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Are power naps a 'five-fold' memory booster?

3:00pm Tuesday 24th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"A 45-minute power nap can boost your memory five-fold, study finds," The Independent reports. However, this impressive claim is let down by the small size of the study…

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'4D' ultrasound shows effects of smoking on unborn babies

1:00pm Tuesday 24th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Unborn baby shown grimacing in womb as mother smokes," is the somewhat misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph after researchers released dramatic images of babies in the womb taken using 4D ultrasound scanners...

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News analysis: Angelina Jolie's surgery to 'cut ovarian cancer risk'

11:00am Tuesday 24th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

Writing in the New York Times, actress Angelina Jolie has announced that she has recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as tests showed she had an estimated 50% chance of developing ovarian cancer…

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Blood test could provide an early arthritis warning

2:50pm Monday 23rd March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Arthritis breakthrough as new test diagnoses condition up to a decade earlier," the Mail Online reports. The test measures proteins linked with arthritis. The study aimed to see whether a blood test could be developed…

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pe sicknote

11:18am Monday 23rd March 2015 content supplied by Netmums

What do you think of this mum's behaviour? A clever strategy to teach her daughter a lesson? Or is 'shaming' your child via facebook a step too far? Tell us what you think over on Facebook

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Climate change 'might bring rise in UK mosquito-borne diseases'

11:00am Monday 23rd March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Mosquitoes heading for warmer UK," Sky News reports. A new review predicts that climate change will make the UK a hospitable environment for disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks, leading to an outbreak of conditions such as dengue fever…

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Research casts doubt on aspartame sensitivity

10:31am Friday 20th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sweetener linked to cancer is safe to use," reports the Mail Online. Aspartame – a commonly-used artificial sweetener – has been dogged by controversy, despite being deemed safe by food regulators in the UK, EU and US...

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Are half of all children's teeth really rotten?

10:30am Friday 20th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Rotten teeth are secret reason why teens don't smile," revealed The Times today. The Daily Mirror expressed shock over revelations that...

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Following UK dietary advice may cut heart disease risk

1:00pm Thursday 19th March 2015 content supplied byNHS Choices

"Sensible diet cuts heart attack risk in months," The Times reports after a randomised controlled trial found evidence that following current UK diet guidelines can reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors…

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