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

Recognising women leaders

To celebrate the contribution that female leaders make in the NHS, the London Leadership Academy (LLA) is calling for nominations for 70 inspirational women.

News in Numbers

News in numbers: April

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

1000 children's centre closures since 2009

As many as 1000 Sure Start centres across England have closed since 2009 according to a new study published by the Sutton Trust.

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Smoking in pregnancy

Public Health England is working with Improving Performance in Practice (iPiP) to review the role of health visiting and practice nursing in addressing smoking in pregnancy.

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Parents’ teenage lifestyles may influence their offspring’s health

Parents’ teenage lifestyles may affect the growth and development of their own children, a new study suggests.


Meningitis symptoms hard to spot in babies under three months

Only half of babies under three months old who have bacterial meningitis show signs of a fever, a study has suggested.

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Anti-obesity drives help boost pupil performance

A review of anti-obesity initiatives in schools found they helped to improve pupils’ problem-solving and could boost achievement.

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Bright light suppresses sleep hormone in youngsters

Exposing children to an hour of bright light before bedtime almost shuts down their production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, a study shows.

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Chatting frequently with children improves their language skills

Making conversation with children can boost the brain’s response to language, according to cognitive scientists at MIT.

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Siblings more likely to show empathy and kindness

Children with brothers and sisters who are kind and empathetic are more likely to exhibit those traits themselves, a study has found.