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

Race report has ‘extinguished any hope’ in addressing inequalities, says Unite

The government’s report on race and ethnic disparities has ‘extinguished any hope in addressing rife and deep-seated inequalities’, Unite has said.

Unite: members to decide if pay rise offer in Scotland is enough

Unite has responded to the Scottish Government’s pay offer of 4% across the board for all NHS workers (end of March).

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. 

England: Covid-19 deaths higher among people with disability

Almost six out of every 10 people (59.5%) who died from Covid-19 in England in 2020 were disabled, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says. 

Scotland: Government responds to UN call for urgent action on food insecurity and poverty

The Scottish Government has welcomed a call from the United Nations (UN) for urgent action to tackle deepening food insecurity, poverty and injustice in the UK.

Young people with cancer should never face treatment alone, say charities

Covid-19 restrictions are forcing some young people are to attend cancer treatment and appointments alone, putting them at unnecessary risk of confusion, fear and isolation, warn the Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.

News in numbers: March/April 2021

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

NMC expands temporary register

The NMC has announced further expansion of the Covid-19 temporary register to overseas-trained nurses (5 January 2021).

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.

England: is digital inclusion the key to tackling health inequalities?

Tackling the ‘digital divide’ is vital in order to reduce health inequalities, concludes a three-year NHS Digital project trialling digital technology with disadvantaged communities.

Negative attitudes limit sexual health of over-45s

Negative attitudes towards older people’s sexual activities and limited awareness of available healthcare are associated with increasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, a report has found. 

Scotland: staff survey reveals pride in the face of adversity

The Everyone Matters Pulse Survey gathered responses from 83,000 members of staff across Scotland’s 22 health boards and 30 health and social care partnerships.

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