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.

Fiona McQueen: "If I can do it, anyone can"

Professor Fiona McQueen, Scotland’s chief nursing officer, describes her journey to fitness, and ‘walking the walk’ when it comes to public health advice on healthy eating and physical activity.

Keep it clean

Superbugs, norovirus and antibiotic resistance regularly hit the headlines. John Windell explores the key role healthcare professionals can play in controlling infection.

Doing it by the book

In an age of voice activation and touchscreen technology, has the humble book had its day? We look at why reading is still so crucial – and how community practitioners can help families get children into books.

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.

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.

Road closures increase children’s activity and help tackle obesity

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

90% of Scottish children don’t hit daily activity target

Just one in 10 children in Scotland meet recommended levels of physical activity every day, a new Scottish Government study has found.

England, Wales: ‘disturbing’ rise in type 2 diabetes in children

More than 620 young people across England and Wales now have type 2 diabetes – up almost 14% in a year

Wales: start brushing babies’ teeth early, urges dental expert

Parents must start brushing babies’ teeth as soon as they emerge to prevent tooth decay, a top academic has urged.

Saliva contains properties that can boost recovery time, according to research

Saliva has been found to have properties that help speed up the healing process, say researchers in Chile.