Clinical: coping with croup

This viral infection is common and usually harmless, writes journalist John Windell, but a toddler’s barking cough and rasping breathing can still alarm parents.

Big story: power to the people?

Five years after local authorities in England took on responsibility for commissioning public health services, journalist Juliette Astrup asks how councils are reaching out to their communities to shape the local health agenda.

Finland: high vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol

New research has found a link between higher vitamin D levels and cholesterol levels in primary school children.

UK: babies in prams ‘exposed to more pollution’

Young children in prams can be exposed to up to 60% more pollution than adults because they are lower to the ground and closer to exhaust pipes, a study suggests.

England: council will rerun bid process for healthy child programme

Lancashire County Council will re-evaluate its tendering process for school-nursing and health-visiting services after a court blocked its decision to award a £104m contract to Virgin Care.

Wales: make chats about health more effective, NHS workers told

Healthcare professionals can have more effective conversations with patients about improving health and wellbeing through new online training, says Public Health Wales (PHW).

Rights for refugees

Philomène Uwamaliya defines the role of health visitors, school nurses and community practitioners in advancing the rights and wellbeing of child asylum-seekers and refugees.

England: first NHS gaming addiction clinic is announced

A London hospital is to launch the first NHS funded internet addiction centre for young people and adults.

Wales: children’s tooth decay is in sustained retreat

Tooth decay in 11- and 12-year-olds in Wales is in steady decline, a new survey says. 

Can TV soaps save lives?

Soap operas are a powerful vehicle for communicating public health messages. But do they really prompt viewers to recognise and seek treatment for their own conditions? Journalist Helen Bird reports.

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