Why are they waiting?

Tongue-tie can be a problem for mothers and babies when it prevents them from breastfeeding, and long waiting times for the simple fix can make it worse, reports journalist John Windell.

Clinical: get the message on MS

Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common neurological conditions affecting adults. Changeable yet incurable, it can take years to manifest fully. But children can develop it too, writes journalist John Windell.

No more shame

You can give invaluable help to mothers about two problems they often just resign themselves to living with – stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, finds journalist Rima Evans

A world of pain

Migraine is more than just a bad headache, writes journalist John Windell. What do you need to know about this serious and debilitating neurological disorder?

Transforming Blackpool's health-visiting model

Children in Blackpool are in need of extra support. Health visitors Sarah Keighley and Vicky Barkworth describe how they worked with Blackpool Better Start to transform the town’s health-visiting model.

OCD: the unwelcome takeover

There is far more to obsessive compulsive disorder than straightening ornaments and checking light switches. Thankfully, awareness is growing. Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

SLCN - communication breakdown

Many children with speech and language difficulties are slipping through the net, writes journalist John Windell.

Clinical focus: epilepsy

While epilepsy is a common condition, its symptoms need careful consideration. What exactly do you need to know and how can you help? Journalist John Windell reports.  

Asthma matters

Dr Andy Whittamore from Asthma UK reveals the need-to-know facts about the common lung condition, and how you can help people take it more seriously – and save lives.

Time to digest

Digestive disorders are more of an issue than we like to admit, and can also be confusing. So how can you help families tell IBD from IBS, and when’s the right time to see a GP? Journalist John Windell reports.

Sepsis in the community

Health campaigns are finally raising awareness of the life-threatening infection, sepsis. Independent nurse and health visitor Dorothy Karikari-Boateng takes a closer look, including how to spot and advise families on the infection.

Tuberculosis: a ghost from the past

Tuberculosis is still rife in some parts of the community. But even where it remains rare, community practitioners need to be alert to its seriousness.

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.

Feet First

From ingrown toenails to fungal infections, it pays to be aware of these stubborn foot problems.

The management of eczema in children

Jean Robinson looks at the community pracitioner's role in treating eczema.

Hepatitis: the silent killer

As World Hepatitis Day approaches on 28 July, Community Practitioner shines the spotlight on this group of viruses that affects hundreds of millions of people – most of whom are unaware of their status.

How to deal with childhood allergies

Childhood allergies have become a challenge for health services. So what more can be done to spot, treat and control them?

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