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

Sex education overhaul

Sex education is being reformed as part of the development of a new curriculum due to be rolled out across schools and settings in Wales in 2022.

Unite health members vote in favour of NHS pay deal

NHS health workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of the three-year pay deal proposed by the government.

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General anaesthetic in children linked to arrested development

A study of more than 210,000 children has found that those exposed to general anaesthesia before the age of four were more likely to fare worse at school than their unexposed peers.

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Use of paracetamol in pregnancy increases risk of ADHD and autism

Pregnant women who take paracetamol are up to 30% more likely to have children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), new research suggests.

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Children outperform endurance athletes in recovery

Researchers have discovered how young children can run around all day without getting tired.

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Wet wipes could contribute to childhood food allergies

A soapy substance found in wet wipes could leave children more vulnerable to developing allergies, new research shows.

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Depression in mothers impacts child’s IQ

A mother’s depression negatively impacts her child’s cognitive development, a study has found.

Curious children do better in maths and reading

Curious children are better able to grasp basic maths and reading, a study has suggested.

Wales: NHS bursary to continue

The NHS bursary is to be extended for another year in Wales, health secretary Vaughan Gething has confirmed.

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Northern Ireland: health strategy – a new way forward

A long-term strategy for Northern Ireland’s health and social care workforce has been unveiled, alongside investment into nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals in the province.

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England: Labour plans extra HV check for babies

Labour would introduce an additional health visitor check for babies at three to four months if elected, the shadow health secretary has announced.

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