Osteoporosis: the silent disease

A bone fracture is often the first indication of this typically asymptomatic common condition, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

Why is it taking so long to achieve racial equality in healthcare?

The pandemic has impacted BAME groups more severely and exposed yet more disparities. Inequality in healthcare (still) and structural racism in society are some of the reasons. Journalist Linsey Wynton asks why we are still waiting for action.

Children’s relationship with natural world needs care

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it.

A global rise in gout

Between 1990 and 2017, the prevalence of gout – a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints – increased around the world, reveals an analysis in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

England: Government urges people to lose weight to beat Covid and help NHS

The government released its obesity strategy at the end of July, announcing ‘a new set of policies… to empower people to make the healthier choices they want to make and give the full support of the NHS to people who... want to lose weight’.

Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

News in numbers: September/October 2020

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

Clinical: life versus lupus

Lupus is often associated with women, but a fifth of cases are diagnosed in childhood. It can make a huge impact on a young person’s life but, with support, they can thrive, says journalist Julie Penfold.

Signs of possible diabetes can be seen decades earlier in childhood

Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as eight years, research has found.

Air pollution is a major risk for cardiovascular disease

Long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death, regardless of country income, a global study reveals.

Breastfeeding helps children at high risk of obesity

For those at risk of becoming obese, being exclusively breastfed as an infant can help ward off weight gain later in life, a study in PLOS Genetics has found.

Northern Ireland: cancer waiting lists lengthen

From January to March 2020, the percentage of patients with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer starting treatment within 62 days was an average of 49% – the ministerial target is 95%.

News in numbers: July/August 2020

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

Health equality - can it ever be reached?

Landmark reports have shockingly revealed growing gaps between the health and life expectancy of the rich and poor in the UK. Journalist Jo Waters asks why these inequalities exist, plus if and how it’s possible to help bridge the divide.

Autism and activity: keeping it up

Psychologists Jez Janda and James Smolinski show how increasing physical activity among children with autism spectrum condition can transform the way interventions are delivered in the community.

Could smoking-style health warnings on alcohol and snacks really work?

Health warning labels (HWLs) to reduce public consumption of alcohol and energy-dense snacks have been tested on the public.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

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