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

Scotland: Staff to receive psychological trauma training

More than 5000 workers are to be trained in recognising and dealing with psychological trauma, in a UK first.

Denmark: Babies born to poorly educated women are more likely to die within the first year

A study shows that women with less than nine years of education, or no education, have an increased risk of their child dying during the first year, with premature birth and low fetal weight explaining 55% to 60% of cases.

Finland: Countryside children have better motor skills than those in towns

Children living in the country spend more time outdoors and have better motor skills than those in towns, says a study of almost 1000 three- to seven-year-olds published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

England: BMI is higher in children of separated parents

The body mass index (BMI) of children who have separated parents is significantly higher than that of children whose families have stayed intact.

England: Bullied children are at greater risk of depression

A mix of genetic and environmental factors could put some people at greater risk of depression if they are bullied as children, says a study in JAMA Network Open.

Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

Canada: Energetic play in early childhood can keep heart healthy in later life

Physical activity in children as young as three can prevent early risk indicators that lead to adult heart disease, research has found.

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Knife crime: where's the public health approach?

With stabbings at a record high, and public outrage palpable following a spate of deaths, journalist Juliette Astrup asks if the public health approach to youth violence could be forgotten amid the headline-grabbing rhetoric of ‘more boots on the streets’? 

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Australia: Support needed for multiple-birth families to improve outcomes

The first-ever international collaborative report to compare the experiences of multiple-birth babies and their families to single-birth families has highlighted serious disadvantages for families with multiple-birth babies.

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HVs to strike for six days

Health visitors employed by Lincolnshire county council will strike for six days over pay conditions and ‘erosion of professional responsibilities’. 
 

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UK: Picky toddlers don’t end up nutrient-deficient teens

Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared with their peers when they are teenagers.

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South Africa: Breastmilk protects babies against infection for life

A mother’s milk can provide lifelong immunity against illness, new research funded by the University of Cape Town and other organisations has shown.

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USA: ‘Good enough’ parenting is good enough

Caregivers need only ‘get it right’ 50% of the time when responding to a baby’s need for attachment to have a positive impact on a baby, new research finds.

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USA: Limited formula use may not affect breastfeeding, say researchers

‘A little formula’ in the first days of life may not impact breastfeeding at six months, researchers from the University of California have suggested.

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USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.

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Wales: New courses allow healthcare staff to train while working

Healthcare staff in isolated parts of Wales are to benefit from a ground-breaking initiative that will allow them to enrol in distance-learning nursing programmes without leaving their jobs.

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England: Interim NHS people plan published to deliver larger workforce

Plans for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver the Long term plan have been published by NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE).

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