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

Marking 70 years of the NHS

A variety of events and media are being organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

Air pollution harms unborn babies

Air pollution from road traffic is linked to an increased risk of low birthweight babies, says a study led by Imperial College London.

Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

One in six parents allow children alcohol at 14

One in six UK parents have let their children drink alcohol by the age of 14, a new study shows.

Researchers find strange patterns of type 1 diabetes and asthma in children

Children with asthma are more likely to develop type 1 diabetes; but asthma develops less frequently in children with existing type 1 diabetes, suggesting a complex link between the diseases.

Finger foods from six months ‘do not increase choking risk’

Letting babies feed themselves solid foods from as young as six months does not increase the risk of choking, a new study suggests.

Eating fish every week linked to better sleep and a higher IQ

Children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have higher IQ scores on average than those who eat little or no fish.

Children play better with fewer toys

Children play for longer and more creatively when they have fewer toys, a new study suggests.

England: Cuts to public health budgets are ‘short-sighted’

Council leaders have called fresh cuts to public health grant funding ‘extremely counterproductive’ and ‘short-sighted’.

England: new quality ratings for independent health visitors

Independent health visitors are to be given performance ratings by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after the government extended its powers to rate even more services.

Northern Ireland: NHS pay rise finally arrives

The policy has cleared the way for pay rises for more than 55,000 health and social care workers.