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

News in numbers: February 2020

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

England: student nurses to receive grant of at least £5000 a year

All nursing and midwifery students on courses from September 2020 are to receive a payment of at least £5000 a year towards living costs which they will not need to pay back.

Scotland: UK’S first integrated health and social care workforce plan

Increased nurse training and recruitment in Scotland are among the steps set out in the first integrated health and social care workforce plan in the UK, which will try to meet growing service demand.

Wales: awareness of ACEs is strong – but not the confidence to help

Public sector workers have a good awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and can identify opportunities for improvement, a Public Health Wales (PHW) survey has shown.

Premature babies at higher risk of diabetes

Babies born before 37 weeks are at an increased risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a study says.

Pregnant smokers are more likely to develop diabetes

Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus, research shows.

Living near a busy road can stunt children’s lung growth

If you live within 50 metres of a major road, your risk of developing lung cancer may increase by up to 10%.

England: ‘five praises a day’ leads to better behaved children

Children who are praised by their parents at least five times a day are better behaved, calmer and more attentive than those who are not.

Immunotherapy for peanut allergy protects but doesn’t cure

Eating small amounts of peanuts can prevent reactions in peanut-allergic people, but doesn’t cure them, say researchers.

Unlocking the mysteries of adolescent mental health

A £35m government-backed research programme into teenage mental health issues has been announced.

Northern Ireland: children are eating seven times more treats than recommended limit

Children are eating seven times more unhealthy foods such as crisps, biscuits and sweets than they should be, a report shows.

Wales: mumps strikes in universities

Public Health Wales (PHW) has urged people to ensure they have been vaccinated following cases of suspected mumps in universities.

Scotland: tooth decay in children falls to new low

The number of children with no obvious sign of tooth decay has reached a record high.

News in numbers: December/January

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

Young mothers have greater risk of children with autism

Age at first birth is ‘strongly associated’ with a greater chance of having a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to new research.

BMI and university degree predict adolescent obesity

The BMI of mother and child and the mother’s education are the three simple predictors of a child being overweight or obese by the time they are a teenager.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

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