What’s happening in the world of public health? We take a look at the latest stories affecting the professions.

Quarter of girls aged 14 suffer from depression

New research shows that one in four girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at 14 years old.

Pay cap protest

Pay cap protest

Unite-CPHVA members joined nurses and other health professionals on Wednesday (6 September) outside Parliament in Westminster to protest against the 1% public sector pay cap.

Nose and throat germs key to infant health

Nose and throat germs key to infant health

Bacteria that live in the nose and throat might be crucial to warding off childhood infections, a new study shows.

Antibacterial soap could harm babies

Antibacterial soap could harm babies

An antibacterial chemical found in soap transfers from mother to baby – and could have serious health implications.

Drawings of people identify gifted children

Drawings of people identify gifted children

A study of portraits drawn by children finds details in a person’s appearance, like freckles, are included only by the ‘highly gifted’.

Pets do not boost children’s health and wellbeing after all

Pets do not boost children’s health and wellbeing after all

Having a dog or cat in the home does not improve the mental or physical health of children, as previously thought, according to a new study.

Toddlers learn to spot words

Toddlers learn to spot words

Children as young as three are already beginning to learn to write.

Regrets help children make better decisions

Regrets help children make better decisions

Feeling regret helps children make better decisions, researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have found.

Road closures increase children’s activity and help tackle obesity

Road closures increase children’s activity and help tackle obesity

Temporary street closures help children meet recommended daily physical activity levels, research has found.

Disadvantage gap widens  for poorest schoolchildren

Disadvantage gap widens for poorest schoolchildren

The poorest children in England are now even further behind their better-off classmates at school than a decade ago, new research shows.

Pledge to increase health visitors

Scotland: warning over pledge to increase health visitors

More should be done to offset health visitors in Scotland leaving or retiring, or plans to increase the number of health visitors in Scotland by around 50% over four years are unlikely to succeed.

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