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

MacQueen bursary 2022: how to apply

The CPHVA Education and Development Trust is pleased to announce that applications for a MacQueen bursary are open for 2022.

Unite leads campaign rally to oppose the Health and Care Bill

MPs, campaigners and health workers came together near parliament on Monday evening (22 November), demanding that MPs oppose England's Health and Care Bill.

HIV: where are we now?

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the latest in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, from modern treatments and the impact of Covid-19 on the HIV-positive population to tackling the ongoing stigma still associated with the virus.

Children from ethnic minorities more affected by self-harming

A study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has found minority ethnic children and teenagers account for proportionately more A&E visits after self-harming than white children.

ASD symptoms reduced after early interventions

Pre-emptive interventions given to young children showing early signs of autism led to a statistically significant reduction in the severity of autistic behaviours.

Gut microbes may hold key to premature baby brain injury

Extremely premature babies are at substantial risk of brain injury compared with full-term babies, according to a recent study in Cell Host & Microbe.

FASD affects millions in the UK

A University of Salford study shows that 1.8% to 3.6% of young people may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) after being exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Could early adulthood depression lead to dementia?

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests depression in early adulthood could be a risk factor for cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life.

Reducing sugar in packaged foods could cut CVD deaths by half a million

Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from drinks could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, slash diabetes cases by 750,000 and cut cardiovascular deaths by 490,000 over the lifetime of the adult US population, says a new study.

Wales: winter plan aims to keep essential services running

The Winter Plan will help ensure emergency care is able to cope and minimise disruption to planned care, the Welsh Government has said.

New advice to help the terminally ill’s final conversations

A new guide for health professionals has been produced to support terminally ill parents in having conversations about end of life with their children.

Scotland: £300m to increase NHS and social care capacity this winter

The Scottish Government has unveiled an investment of over £300m in hospital and community care.

New agencies for an era of tackling health inequalities

The pandemic has clearly shown the importance of having a strong public health system, says the UK Government. As Public Health England is replaced, the new UK Health Security Agency will have a ‘laser-like focus’ on health protection.

Northern Ireland: minister’s workforce appeal to ease hospital pressures

An urgent workforce appeal has been launched by health minister Robin Swann to keep important surgery happening this winter.

Northern Ireland: free period product pilot scheme rolls out in schools

A three-year pilot programme has been launched to make period products freely available to pupils in primary, secondary, special schools and EOTAS (education other than at school) settings.

Wales: ‘triple threat’ to health and equality

A recent report by Public Health Wales (PHW) is ‘the first of its kind to study the cumulative impacts of Brexit, coronavirus and climate change together and their combined influences on health, wellbeing and inequalities in Wales’.