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

Coming together for conference

Colleagues came together and friendships were renewed when delegates from across the four nations and beyond attended this year’s Unite-CPHVA conference in Cardiff.

Decline in NHS nurse numbers

The number of nurses employed by the NHS has fallen for the first time on a year-on-year basis since April 2013, according to The King’s Fund.

Scotland: new project to tackle childhood obesity

A collaborative project by two organisations has been launched to deal with childhood obesity in Scotland.

Northern Ireland: consultation on cuts a ‘sham’, says ICTU

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has slammed a public consultation on proposed health cuts in Northern Ireland as a ‘sham’.

Unite-CPHVA conference 2017

The importance of investing in early intervention is just one of the main topics to be explored at the Unite-CPHVA Annual Professional Conference 2017.

Joint custody lessens impact on children

Preschool children have better mental health when they live with both parents  after a divorce, says a Swedish study.

Living near a park eases asthma for kids

City kids with asthma who live near parks have fewer days with symptoms, says new research.

‘Bad mum’ stigma stops women seeking postnatal depression help

Fear of being seen as a ‘bad mother’ is a barrier for women seeking help for postnatal depression, a new study finds.

Children of insomniac mothers sleep badly

Children’s sleep can suffer if their mothers have insomnia, suggests research by the University of Warwick and University of Basel.

New mothers hesitate over vaccinations

First-time mums are more hesitant about vaccinations than those who already have children, say researchers at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Mental health risk linked to medication during pregnancy

Babies born to mothers using antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder, says research from Denmark.