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

Suicide attempts by teens on increase to gain mental health referrals

Young people are attempting suicide to get help from specialist mental health services, according to a headteacher and various charities.

Televisions in bedrooms and body fatness link in children

Children who have TVs in their bedrooms by the age of seven are far more likely to be overweight or obese by the age of 11, scientists have found in a large study of childhood obesity.

Syphilis rates hit 67-year high

The number of syphilis cases have reached the highest level in England since 1949, according to new figures from Public Health England (PHE).

NMC proposals prompt shortage response from union

Proposals to improve nurse education could be compromised by the failure to tackle the estimated shortage of 30,000 nurses in England, said Unite.

Smoking damages unborn babies' livers

Smoking while pregnant harms the livers of unborn babies, research has found.

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Wales: children to have access to school nurse

New plans announced by the Welsh Government will ensure all children and young people in Wales have access to a school nurse.

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Northern Ireland: half of mothers don’t try breastfeeding

Almost 50% of mothers who have given birth in Northern Ireland since 2012 left hospital without trying to breastfeed, a new study has found.

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Scotland: excessive wait for mental health treatment

Children and young people have waited up to 666 days after being referred to mental health services in Scotland, it has been revealed.

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Wales: nurse recruitment drive

The Welsh Government has launched a recruitment drive to increase the number of nurses on wards and in the community.

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Scotland: breast cancer trial

A £1m pilot project to cut breast cancer risk by helping women lose weight and get active has been launched in Scotland.

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Northern Ireland: talk to teens about HPV vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) in Northern Ireland is encouraging parents to talk to their teenage daughters about the benefits of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which they can receive this school term.