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Where we want you to get well into The C Word (no, the other one). It's our month-long campaign to make sure we all know the important stuff about cervical, breast and ovarian cancer, the three cancers that affect women most. Look out for our Q&As with the experts - and thank you to those of you who've already posted questions about breast cancer; your answers will be published shortly.
Other highlights of the week are our literary chat with Sebastian Faulks, author of our Book Club pick A Week In December. And the arrival (without even the tiniest strop) of the As to your Qs from teen-behaviour expert Charlie Taylor.
Hot from the Talk-tinkering Tech Shed is our new Bookmark option - so you can "save" the point where you got to in a discussion thread and start from there next time you open it. Just go to Customise and choose it under Other Options. It's only available in MN New – so come on, you Classic diehards, give it a whirl.
Now for this week's parenting news...
ADHD 'has genetic basis': British scientists have found a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). And they hope their discovery – that children with ADHD are more likely to carry particular faulty sections of genetic code than other children – will help overcome the stigma associated with the condition, which causes restless, fidgety and impulsive behaviour. "Too often, people dismiss ADHD as being down to bad parenting or poor diet," says lead researcher Professor Anita Thapar of the University of Cardiff. (Telegraph 30.09.10)
Breastfeeding 'prevents baby infections': Babies who are exclusively breastfed from birth to six months are significantly less likely to pick up common infections during their first year of life than babies who are partially breastfed or not breastfed at all. And, say Greek researchers who've been tracking the health of more than 900 babies for 12 months, any infections exclusively breastfed babies do pick up are likely to be less severe. (BBC News 28.09.10)
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Other stories in brief
Quote of the week: Fennel gets into the spirit of Christmas nice and early: "My current approach is to ignore all phone calls and emails from relatives between now and 15 Dec. That way, it's hard for even the most thick-skinned to invite themselves for Christmas. I realise this isn't the most mature, assertive approach..."
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Aitch's TV round-up: Downton Abbey, Sundays, ITV, 9pm
Let's ignore the running and jumping (and toppling athletes village) of the Commonwealth Games in favour of Downton Abbey. Not, as you may imagine, a dramatic re-telling of the life of Petula Clarke, it is, in fact, Julian Fellowes' lusharama period drama starring Hugh Bonneville and Maggie Smith. I know, I know, it's the second episode but this is why catch-up was invented. It's class war on the eve of actual war; it's great houses staying up while great ships go down; it's dowager duchesses and Americans saying "Dook", and, ooooh, it is a Lovely Bit of Telly. Plus you are not going to believe what happens in episode three...
Discuss this show (and others) in our Telly Addicts Talk forum.
Recipe of the week: BraveNewWorld's baked hake and potatoes with red pepper relish
A dead-easy and really rather posh-looking potato-topped pie that does delish things to one of autumn's top fishy choices.
You can review this week's recipe here - or why not post one yourself?
That's all. We're off to bookmark some Christmas threads <85 days and counting! [sigh]>
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