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.

Gender differences and the influence of ACEs on youth delinquency

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have a significant effect on teenagers’ criminal behaviour, at least for girls, according to a study in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Fearfulness in childhood a predictor of later anxiety during Covid

Research has identified early risk factors for developing anxiety during stressful life events in early adulthood. 

Vaccinations will prevent 69 million deaths by 2030

A modelling study has estimated that vaccination against 10 major pathogens will have prevented 69 million deaths in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) over the period 2000 to 2030.

Ethnic health inequalities equate to 20 years' ageing

In 15 out of 17 minority ethnic groups, health-related quality of life in adults aged 55+ was worse on average for women, men, or both, than for white British people, a study has revealed.

Children can learn about health via a school sports programme

Researchers assessed a ‘health education through football’ programme for children aged 10 to 12 in Denmark, looking at the effects on health knowledge and enjoyment levels.

Brain-related visual impairment may affect 1 in 30 children

Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) – a term for a variety of brain-related visual problems previously thought to be rare – may affect one in 30 primary school children. 

Vaccination: the complications of hesitation

How can you talk to parents who have doubts about immunising their children from serious infectious diseases? Journalist Radhika Holmström reports on vaccine hesitancy.

Frequent cannabis use by teens linked to drop in IQ

Adolescents who regularly use cannabis may experience a decline in IQ over time, a study in Psychological Medicine has found.

Calls to extend self-harm intervention to primary school children

Three per cent of more than a thousand Melbourne children reported self-harm at age 11 and 12. They had been assessed annually from the age of eight to nine (wave 1) to 11 to 12 years (wave four) . Of those who self-harmed, 64.3% were females and 35.7% were males.

Genetic risk of hypertension linked to pre-eclampsia

Researchers have found that the genetic predisposition to hypertension and increased BMI is related to the risk of pre-eclampsia.

PTSD suicide rates uncovered, and women are most at risk

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly seven times more likely than other women to die by suicide, research has found.

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