"Heading a football can significantly affect a player's brain function and memory for 24 hours, a study has found," BBC News reports. The news is based on a small experimental study involving 19 amateur footballers. The players were asked to head a football 20 times. Memory tests and sensitive tests of their brain-muscle pathways were completed before and after the test.
Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks per day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown," The Guardian reports.
Short stroll after meals better for blood sugar than walks at other times," says The Daily Telegraph. The story is based on a study which aimed to see whether taking a 10-minute walk after a main meal resulted in lower blood glucose levels than a single 30-minute walk each day for people with type 2 diabetes.
It's natural for parents to worry about whether their child is getting enough food, especially if they refuse to eat sometimes. The trick is not to worry about what your child eats in a day, or if they don't eat everything at mealtimes. It's more important to think about what they eat over a week.
Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair. Nits are the empty egg cases attached to hair that head lice hatch from. Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11. They're largely harmless, but can live in the hair for a long time if not treated and can be irritating and frustrating to deal with.
There are many myths surrounding flu and the flu vaccine. Here are 10 common flu myths and the truth behind them. The flu vaccine is available on the NHS for adults and children who are considered "at risk". The injected flu vaccine (or flu jab) is available for anyone aged 65 and over, mums-to-be at any stage of pregnancy and people with a long-term health condition. The nasal spray flu vaccine is recommended for all two, three and four-year-olds and children in school years one, two and three plus children aged from 2 to 17 with a long-term health condition.