What’s happening in the world of public health? We take a look at the latest stories affecting the professions.

Tooth decay more likely in poorer children

A dental health divide exists between rich and poor children in England.

Pledging support to go smokefree

The Smokefree Action Coalition has launched the NHS Smokefree Pledge.

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Smartphone use linked to teenage sleeplessness

Teenagers now sleep fewer hours than older generations, possibly because of time spent on smartphones and tablets, says a new study, led by Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University, and published in Sleep Medicine.

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Children raised by same-sex parents do as well as their peers

A study has shown that children raised in same-sex parented families do as well as children raised by heterosexual couple parents.

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School nurses say pain has complex causes

School nurses interpret chronic pain in adolescents as a social, physical and psychological phenomenon, a Norwegian study, published in BMC Nursing, has found.

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Mental health gap opens up in primary school

A Scottish Government-funded study has found a dramatic mental health inequality gap between the poorest children and their wealthier peers in the first three years of primary school.

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Neglect linked to unemployment

Unemployment can cause an increase in child neglect as worse-off parents cannot provide for a child’s basic needs, says new Oxford University research.

Baby eczema

Breastfed babies run lower atopic eczema risk

Breastfeeding could cut a child’s risk of developing atopic eczema, says a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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Community Practitioner due out next week

The first issue of the journal for 2018 will be sent out to members next week (15 January).


Child peanut allergy on the rise

Childhood peanut allergy levels in the US have risen by 21% since 2010 and it may now affect nearly 2.5% of children, says new research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual scientific meeting.

Children skipping

Scotland: new plans to tackle obesity crisis by helping children

Giving children a healthy start is key to the Scottish Government’s plans to tackle the country’s obesity epidemic.