Could heading a football cause brain damage?

The kids are back at school and this weekend across the country they'll also be back on the pitch as the football season kicks off. We know they need exercise to keep them healthy but experts are warning a skill as simple as heading the ball could be doing them major long-term brain damage.

We're joined now by Dawn and Claire Astle who's father former England and West Brom player - Jeff died from brain trauma caused by heading heavy footballs.

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Dr Hilary's 25th anniversary after party!

Old pals: Dr Hilary poses with Lorraine Kelly

Because we're celebrating Dr Hilary's 25th year in television we couldn't just stop the party when the show ended this morning!

So we invited members of the Good Morning Britain and Lorraine teams to join us for a celebratory breakfast!

Of course there’s been the sad things and the campaigns which have had good effects but also the fun things we’ve had so much fun over 25 years… Visiting people in their own homes, being invited [into people’s houses] and talking about health issues.

– Dr Hilary Jones about his career

Our editor Neil Thompson says a few words

Good Morning Britain's editor Neil Thompson said a few words as well as Lorraine Kelly who reminded us of a few funny stories from the early days of his career!

And, of course, we had cake!

Dr Hilary's celebratory cake!

Celebrating 25 years of Dr Hilary!

Today on Good Morning Britain we've been celebrating 25 years of Dr Hilary Jones who has been on our screens for a quarter of a century!

We surprised him with some of the people he helped medically and his family - take a look at some of our snaps from his special day and scroll through some of the messages and support people have sent in! #DrH25years

Take a trip down memory lane with our Dr Hilary gallery

Dr Hilary with his family and two of the people his advice has helped

Twenty five years of Dr Hilary Jones...

A fresh faced Dr Hilary Jones 25 years ago!

We're celebrating 25 years of the the legend that is Dr Hilary Jones on Good Morning Britain today!

The good doctor has helped the viewers of ITV breakfast television for the last quarter of a century, so we felt it was necessary to take a look at Hilary through the years!

And don't forget to share your memories using #DrH25years and get involved on Facebook and Twitter or by emailing your comments to GMB@itv.com before 8am Wednesday 3 September for a chance to get them on air. You must be 18 and over, terms at: itv.com/terms

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The Dr Hilary we know and love today!

Sleep apnoea: Ramm family's bedtime nightmare

Kylie and Michael Ramm haven't shared a bed for the past eight months. During the night, their daughter Phyllisity needs to be brought back to life at least once a week.

Phyllisity suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea, which causes throat to relax and narrow while she sleeps, blocking her airway and stopping her breathing. The couple have put a strict rota system in place so that one of them is awake around the clock to watch Phyllisity. The parents want a machine that would aid her breathing - but so far doctors haven't provided one.

We discover what life is really like for Kylie, Michael and Phyllisity, and ask whether medical breakthroughs could offer hope for the future.

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Bank holiday BBQ safety tips

As the last barbecuing weekend of the summer approaches, new research has revealed many Brits make risky hygiene mistakes.

It found 19% of cooks do not keep raw and cooked food on separate plates, 21% do not wash their hands with soap after handling raw meat, and almost half (47%) do not keep food chilled until just before use.

With food poisoning cases doubling over the summer months, we share the dos and don'ts of barbecuing.

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Breastfeed 'to avoid postnatal depression'

New research suggests breastfeeding makes postnatal depression less likely

Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop postnatal depression, a new study has found. The survey of the mothers of almost 14,000 babies discovered that women who planned to breastfeed, and went on to, were 50% less likely to become depressed than mothers who didn't.

Women who planned to breastfeed, but couldn't, were at the highest risk of postpartum depression, according to the research published in the journal Maternal and Child Health.

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