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To honour World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) we are bringing you 10 facts about breastfeeding and breast milk. 1. Liquid gold Before your milk comes in (2/3 days after birth) you will produce a substance called colostrum, also known as ‘liquid gold’. It is packed full of potassium, calcium, minerals, protein and antibodies to give your […]

A study led by the San Diego University of Medicine in the United States found parents of overweight children seldom acknowledge the potential severity of the situation. Most are also unaware of the risks of childhood weight gain and of the benefits of daily exercise to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Lead author of […]

A European report released last month analyses one the most talked-about measurements in the media, happiness. Happiness scales are fast becoming a respected measure of well-being in a country, equal to wealth and power. The European Quality of Life Survey puts Scandinavian countries at the top of the happiness charts, with other northern European countries […]

Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – present in 5-10% of women of childbearing age – have a startlingly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, said a leading expert of reproductive health. The risk is present even in young women who are not overweight, a large study of over 6,000 women in Australia has […]

Significant numbers of British expats live and work in the world’s top business centres. Yet typically around 50% of this group of well educated, generally senior level managers will have no international private medical insurance, whilst according to research produced by Mintel, up to 55% may be accompanied by their spouses and family. For a […]

The annual Save the Children report, State of the World’s Mothers 2014, ranks 178 countries on several factors related to the well-being of both mothers and children. The top ten countries in 2014 are dominated by European entries, with Australia being the only non-European country, tied in ninth place with Belgium. The ten worst places […]

Children in the UK are more deprived and are at higher risk of death than those in other Western European countries, says a report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The study, Why Children Die, found 2,000 additional children die each year – five a day – compared with Sweden, the best […]

Out of 30 countries ranked in terms of youth well being, Australia takes the number one spot in a new study from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Global Youth Wellbeing Index, in conjunction with the International Youth Foundation (IYF), focused on 40 indicators in six categories to measure the quality of […]

Recent findings have revealed 60 percent of UK parents are unconcerned about the risk of insufficient vitamin D levels in their children. These figures are worrying health experts who are concerned under-5s in the UK are not getting enough vitamin D due to the lack of awareness. The Generation D report, commissioned by the Vitamin D […]

Withdrawn, irritable, sleepy. This could be any teenager at some point, but these signs are also symptoms of teenage depression. “The difference between normal teen moodiness and clinical depression is very hard for lay people to discern,” says Ken Duckworth M.D., medical director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Teen depression is more common […]

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