Threats of strike action over pay

A total of 57 health visitors employed by Lincolnshire County Council are to be balloted on strike action in a dispute over their pay conditions.
 

Social care system at crisis point

BBC Panorama’s ‘Crisis in care’ highlighted the state of adult social care in the UK and the human costs of a failing system. 
 

Catching the anti-vax bug

As concern grows about the spread of measles worldwide and the role of social media in sharing misinformation on immunisation, journalist Juliette Astrup looks at the scale of the problem and what can be done to combat the anti-vax movement.

UK: routine breech scans could cut mortality and save money

Scanning mothers-to-be late in pregnancy could prevent thousands of unexpected breech births and emergency caesarean sections (CS), and save the lives of several babies a year, a study has shown.

Australia: Post-vaccination febrile seizures no more serious than other types

Research from the University of Sydney has found the severity of febrile seizures following vaccination is no different from febrile seizures due to other causes, and that the majority of seizures are short-lived, self-resolving and don’t require ongoing treatment.

Norway: gaming could affect girls’ but not boys’ social skills

A study from Norway looking at how playing video games affects social skills has found differences based on age and gender.

USA: not reading to children creates ‘million word gap’

A US study has suggested young children whose parents read them five books a day enter nursery having heard about 1.4 million more words than their peers who were never read to.

Northern Ireland: diabetes prevention programme launches

A programme to tackle the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA)

Scotland: redistribution of income is best way to address health inequalities

Actions to redistribute income are likely to result in the biggest improvements in population health and reductions in health inequalities, a study has shown.

England: new NHS ‘sleep clinic’ boosts families’ wellbeing

A pioneering pilot scheme to help children get a good night’s sleep has boosted the mental health of youngsters and their parents, NHS England has said.

June news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

Scottish Parliament backs smacking ban proposals

Scotland has taken a ‘momentous step’ towards banning smacking, as the proposal is overwhelmingly approved by MSPs. 
 

Keeping children safe

Child Safety Week 2019 aims to raise awareness of the risks associated with child accidents and how they can be prevented.
 

May news in numbers

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here.

MacQueen 20th anniversary awards

It is an amazing 20 years since the CPHVA Education and Development Trust was established following a bequest by Dr Ian MacQueen.

Big story: mindful from the start?

With mindfulness exercises set to be among techniques taught in a government-led trial across primary schools, journalist Juliette Astrup asks about the growing interest in mindfulness and how it can help support children’s wellbeing.

Spain: mother’s diet modulates ADHD risk

What a mother eats during pregnancy could affect her child’s risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests new research.

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