Too young to cope? Helping teenage parents

Health visitor Julie Davidson describes techniques for working with often resistant teenage parents to make a real difference to the outcomes of young families.

Helping new parents: 'I think my husband has postantal depression'

Alison Lewis on how the PANDAS Foundation can help start a conversation with those parents deeply affected by childbirth. 

Tribute to Edith Cavell

In this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, we look at the heroic achievements of wartime nurse Edith Cavell.

Education during Covid-19: university challenged

A shift to virtual teaching and learning during a global pandemic: a Cardiff University SCPHN programme perspective from Michelle Moseley.

Covid-19 reflections

A community nursery nurse in England who retired and returned during the pandemic, and a health visitor in Scotland, reveal their recent experiences.

Clinical: life versus lupus

Lupus is often associated with women, but a fifth of cases are diagnosed in childhood. It can make a huge impact on a young person’s life but, with support, they can thrive, says journalist Julie Penfold.

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.

Infant mental health: a stronger start

How has the NSPCC promoted infant mental health during lockdown? Dawn Hodson, Victoria Joel, Julia Mayes and Louise Harrington explain how their evidence-based services help build up young brains: from serve-and-return interactions to easing parental stress.

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.

Is mental health the new pandemic?

Covid-19 has put unprecedented pressures on the mental health of millions of people in the UK – including young people, new mothers and healthcare professionals. Journalist Jo Waters looks at the impact, now and moving forward, plus what’s needed to help.

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.

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