Orphanhood and caregiver deaths are a hidden effect of the Covid-19 pandemic

More than 860,000 children in 21 countries had been orphaned or lost a custodial grandparent as a result of Covid-19 by the end of April 2021.

New non-invasive method for diagnosing coeliac disease developed

Researchers from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and Ikerbasque have developed a new method of diagnosing coeliac disease using saliva. 

Smoke-free outdoor areas could reduce health risks

Governments should consider including private cars in smoke-free policies to protect child health, according to a systematic study review published in The Lancet.

Swimming may boost children’s vocabulary

A recent study by the University of Delaware suggests swimming could help improve vocabulary learning among children. 

More parents of teenagers in the US bought firearms during the pandemic

A national survey by Firearm Safety Among Children and Teens found 10% of all households with teenagers of high school age bought a firearm between March and July 2020. 

More research needed to improve cancer survival rates in young people

Survival rates for adolescents and young adults with cancer vary considerably depending on the type diagnosed, according to a study published in Cancer, journal of the American Cancer Society. 

Sense of community indicates enthusiasm for vaccine uptake

People who feel a sense of community belonging are more willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a study in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

The early warning signs of self harm

Researchers have identified two distinct subgroups among young people who self-harm, with risk factors showing as early as age five. It may therefore be possible to predict which individuals are most at risk of self-harm up to a decade ahead of time.

Waiting in vain

As waiting lists for NHS services reach record highs following the pandemic, journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at what it means for children and families.

CP safety: expect the unexpected

Women’s safety has moved into the spotlight recently, and community practitioners – many of whom are female – face particular risks at work. Journalist Radhika Holmström asks how you can stay safe on the job.

Shedding the stigma of catching Covid can help defeat pandemic

Feelings of shame and stigmatisation at the idea of contracting Covid-19 are linked to lower compliance of social distancing and the likelihood of reporting infection to authorities and potential contacts.

Exercise helps curb low-grade inflammation in children

Doing more brisk and vigorous physical activity can help curb low-grade inflammation in children with a higher body fat percentage, suggests research in the European Journal of Sport Science.

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Personal stories of vaccine side effects reduce the impact of hard science messages

Expert scientific messages on vaccine safety are effective at increasing public acceptance of vaccines, but this benefit is mostly lost when news programmes show a personal narrative on side effects, research has found.

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