Knife crime: where's the public health approach?

With stabbings at a record high, and public outrage palpable following a spate of deaths, journalist Juliette Astrup asks if the public health approach to youth violence could be forgotten amid the headline-grabbing rhetoric of ‘more boots on the streets’? 

Australia: Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

The first-ever international collaborative report to compare the experiences of multiple-birth babies and their families to single-birth families has highlighted serious disadvantages for families with multiple-birth babies.

UK: Picky toddlers don’t end up nutrient-deficient teens

Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared with their peers when they are teenagers.

South Africa: Breastmilk protects babies against infection for life

A mother’s milk can provide lifelong immunity against illness, new research funded by the University of Cape Town and other organisations has shown.

USA: ‘Good enough’ parenting is good enough

Caregivers need only ‘get it right’ 50% of the time when responding to a baby’s need for attachment to have a positive impact on a baby, new research finds.

USA: Limited formula use may not affect breastfeeding, say researchers

‘A little formula’ in the first days of life may not impact breastfeeding at six months, researchers from the University of California have suggested.

USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.

Scotland: sharp rise in calls to whistleblowing hotline

The number of Scottish NHS staff contacting a whistleblowing hotline to raise concerns has more than doubled in the most recent half-year period.

England: new service gives health visitors access to digital ‘red book'

Healthcare professionals can now access vital child health information digitally, following the launch of a ground-breaking service.

Great Britain: lack of mental health support in schools is a ‘destructive situation’

Four in five teachers report seeing more mental health problems among students, says a survey of more than 8600 teachers, school leaders and support staff from across the UK.

Northern Ireland: boys to be offered HPV vaccine in bid to fight cancer

Boys aged 12 to 13 in Northern Ireland are to be offered a vaccine to protect them against human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the associated diseases, the Department of Health (DH) has announced.

Wales: Smoking banned on sidelines of children’s sports pitches

A pilot banning parents from smoking on the sidelines at children’s sports games has been launched in part of Wales.

Great Britain: Child food poverty inquiry calls for watchdog

An inquiry into childhood food poverty has called for an independent children’s food watchdog to be established in the UK to lead change.

Northern Ireland: diabetes prevention programme launches

A programme to tackle the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA)

Scotland: redistribution of income is best way to address health inequalities

Actions to redistribute income are likely to result in the biggest improvements in population health and reductions in health inequalities, a study has shown.

England: new NHS ‘sleep clinic’ boosts families’ wellbeing

A pioneering pilot scheme to help children get a good night’s sleep has boosted the mental health of youngsters and their parents, NHS England has said.

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