HVs wanted for poisoning prevention campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of the need to keep children safe from accidental poisoning and eye injury is requesting the help of health visitors to spread its key messages.

Junk food ads banned on London transport

Adverts for junk food will be banned on the entire Transport for London (TfL) network, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed.
 

Call for ban on calorific milkshakes

Milkshakes with ‘grotesque’ amounts of sugar and calories should be banned from being sold in high street restaurants, campaigners claim.

‘Austerity is not over,’ says Unite

In response to the chancellor’s budget speech, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says there is still the ‘horror’ to come of billions of pounds slashed from public spending.
 

Delegates told of ‘savage’ cuts to services

Cuts made to health visitors, school nurses and community nursery nurses were described as ‘savage’ and ‘another betrayal of our children’ by shadow health and social care secretary Jonathan Ashworth at the Unite/CPHVA conference last week.

High rates of poverty in UK compared with other rich nations

The UK has some of the worst rates of hunger and deprivation to be seen among high-income nations, a United Nations assessment has found.

Instagram ranked worst for young people’s mental health, report finds

A survey looking at how social networking sites affect young people’s mental health has found most have more negative than positive effects – with Instagram ranked the most detrimental.

Practice closures ‘leave 200,000 without GPs’

Record numbers of GP practice closures have forced around 265,000 to move, according to data published in April.

 

Term-time holidays on the up in England

Family holidays during term time accounted for a quarter of unauthorised school absences in England, new data shows.

UK public health budgets are a ‘false economy’, research suggests

Recent cuts made to public health budgets in the UK are set to cost the NHS and the wider economy ‘billions’, warns new research.

Fears benefit cap will 'push 200,000 more children into poverty'

New limits being imposed on benefit payments could force 200,000 more children into poverty, campaigners fear.

Unvaccinated children being refused healthcare in Australia

One in six children not up to date with their vaccines have been refused healthcare treatment in Australia.

Children of depressed mums more likely to be injured by accident

Accidental injuries in young children are more likely if their mothers are experiencing depression or anxiety, a new study shows.

Urinary problems untreated in childhood can continue into teens

Children who wet themselves are more likely to suffer bladder and bowel problems as teenagers, new research has shown.

Flame-retardant chemicals 'could affect behaviour' in young children

Widely used flame-retardant chemicals found in furniture, carpets, electronics and mattresses among other things could be affecting the development of young children, US academics have suggested.

Being overweight in pregnancy linked to infant risk of cerebral palsy

A study of Swedish women has associated being overweight or obese in pregnancy with a higher infant risk of cerebral palsy.

People who trust healthcare staff 'tend to feel better'

Patients who have confidence in their healthcare providers are more likely to report greater satisfaction and quality of life, according to an analysis led by Swiss academics.

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