News in numbers: september

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers.

England: health programme to target Roma

A small team of school nurses and health improvement specialists is set to offer dedicated care to the Roma community in Kent.

The meningitis safety net

Rob Dawson of the Meningitis Research Foundation reveals the life-saving messages parents and CPs need to know if faced with bacterial meningitis or septicaemia.

England: first NHS gaming addiction clinic is announced

A London hospital is to launch the first NHS funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults.

UK: visa cap lifted for NHS nurses and doctors

The Home Office has announced that NHS nurses and doctors are to be excluded from the cap on skilled worker visas.

Wales: children’s tooth decay is in sustained retreat

Tooth decay in 11- and 12-year-olds in Wales is in steady decline, a new survey says. 

Northern Ireland: specialists to help parent-baby bonding

A new service to support parents struggling to bond with their babies has been offered by two specialist health visitors in infant mental health at the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

England: indoor air pollution study will look at effects on children

A ground-breaking study will examine the potentially harmful impact of indoor air pollution on child health.

UK: ten-point plan for a healthy NHS

A think tank has called for bold action to ensure a bright future for the NHS. 

England: autism not linked to antenatal fish consumption

Eating fish during pregnancy does not increase the likelihood of a child having autism, scientists have found.

Big story: distorted reality

Social media filters may seem like a bit of harmless fun, but when they lead to ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, the fun turns to concern. Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the impact on young people’s health and wellbeing.

Northern Ireland: adolescent narcissism linked to school performance

The growing rate of narcissism in society could be linked to achievement in school, a study suggests.

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?

USA: 'helicopter' parents could harm children's emotional wellbeing

Parents who are too controlling could make their children less able to manage their emotions, a study suggests.

In the footsteps of Florence

Health visitor Lena Abdu took up a place on the Florence Nightingale Foundation’s Emerging Leaders programme to become a more effective advocate for change, and view her career through a different lens.

USA: close siblings are better at weathering family conflict

A close relationship between siblings may offer protection from the psychological harm caused by hostility between parents, a study in Child Development has shown.

Making measles history

Measles has almost disappeared from the UK, but how can it be totally eradicated so it’s no longer an issue? Michelle Falconer and David Green of Public Health England show how CPs can help.

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