Homelessness: crisis round the corner?

Lockdown, compounded by a deep economic slump, threatens to push thousands of people into homelessness. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores this shifting landscape and asks what happens next.

Siblings of infants who die suddenly run greater risk

Siblings of infants who died suddenly and unexpectedly run 10 times the risk of dying in the same way, suggests a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Signs of possible diabetes can be seen decades earlier in childhood

Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as eight years, research has found.

Fifth of adolescents have suicidal thoughts or anxiety

A global study has found that around one in five young people aged 12 to 17 experience thoughts of suicide or anxiety.

Adolescents from deprived communities show gene regulation differences

Young adults raised in communities marked by more economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and danger display differences in the epigenome – the proteins and chemical compounds 
that regulate the activity of their genes.

Air pollution is a major risk for cardiovascular disease

Long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death, regardless of country income, a global study reveals.

Breastfeeding helps children at high risk of obesity

For those at risk of becoming obese, being exclusively breastfed as an infant can help ward off weight gain later in life, a study in PLOS Genetics has found.

England: restoring care for children and young people

NHS England has released further guidance on the Covid-19 restoration of community health services for children and young people.

Scotland: more guidance to steer CPs through Covid-19 and beyond

The Scottish Government has updated Covid-19 clinical guidance for community practitioners and allied health professionals to steer them through the ‘route map’ out of the crisis.

England: how to deliver school nursing during a pandemic

The CPHVA, along with three other health bodies, has published professional advice for school nurses (SNs) on delivering services during Covid-19.

NMC reveals plans to move towards the ‘new normal’

The NMC has proposed a series of gradual changes to help support nursing and midwifery students and professionals during this transition period in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Action plan needed: Covid-19 impact on BAME groups

Public Health England (PHE) has released a follow-up report after a descriptive data review showed that BAME people had the highest death rates from Covid-19.

Unite launches Covid-19 risk guide for BAME members

Unite the Union has produced a Covid-19 health and safety guide on risk assessment for BAME workers, with practical guidance for employers and employees.

England: charities reveal negative impact of funding cuts and higher demand

Analysis by the UK’s largest children’s charities have revealed the double impact of a ‘toxic cocktail of cuts’, and a ‘soaring demand for help’ due to Covid-19.

Northern Ireland: cancer waiting lists lengthen

From January to March 2020, the percentage of patients with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer starting treatment within 62 days was an average of 49% – the ministerial target is 95%.

Half of 16- to 24-year-olds have felt lonely during the pandemic

Young people aged 16 to 24 are more than twice as likely (50.8%) to have experienced ‘loneliness lockdown’ as those aged 55 to 69 (24.1%), revealed a survey of more than 5200 adults in Great Britain.

One in four adults in the UK experience 'food insecurity'

Around 25% of UK adults have struggled during the pandemic to access food they can afford, leaving them susceptible to hunger and potential malnutrition.

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