England: 370 schools to take part in new mental health trials

Hundreds of children are taking part in one of the largest trials in the world to boost the evidence about what works to support mental health and wellbeing.

Scotland: RCPCH reviews progress on child health

Two years on from the launch of State of child health: Scotland, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has carried out a review of progress.

England: social media spreads vaccine misinformation

A report from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) suggests that social media is stoking misplaced fears about vaccines, including concerns over their side effects.

Feedback: staying ahead

From important publications to award applications, here’s a round-up of the latest member news and opportunities.

Rights at work: tips for transferring

When swapping employers, make sure you keep your NHS terms and conditions and NHS pension for yourself and for future employees, writes Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite national officer for health.

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

The power of support

Thousands of children around the UK have a learning disability, but what exactly does this mean for them and their families, and how can you help? Journalist John Windell reports.

Canada: parents feed screen-time sedentary behaviour

Parents using screen time as a reward or punishment for pre-schoolers might be feeding their attraction to screens, a study has found.

England: reading with pre-schoolers is linked to language boost

Parents who read regularly with their small children can give them an eight-month language skill advantage, researchers have found.

England: phone or TV use in the dark affects child sleep

Using a phone or watching TV in the dark before bed makes pre-teen children far less likely to get a good night’s sleep, research has found.

Italy: newborn babies can pick out words

Babies are born with the innate skills they need to pick out words from language, scientists say.

Korea: breastfeeding could protect against depression in later life

Women who breastfeed their children are almost two-thirds less likely to suffer from post-menopausal depression.

A fresh challenge

A fresh challenge - former paediatric nurse Sharon Dacey writes about making the switch to health visiting. 

News in numbers: March

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

Northern Ireland: online tool helps patients self-manage health

An online tool has been launched by the health service to help people in Northern Ireland self-manage their illnesses.

Wales: keeping people active to fight against obesity

The Welsh Government is consulting on a programme of action to tackle obesity, branded the ‘greatest public health challenge facing our generation’ by health minister Vaughan Gething.

Germany: maternal stress linked with childen being overweight

A mother’s high stress levels during her child’s first year of life will probably lead to her child developing a higher body mass index in the first five years of its life.

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