Alcohol use during pregnancy affected by partner’s drinking habits

A study looking at the partner’s role in determining the alcohol use of pregnant women has revealed that pregnant women’s use correlates with that of their partner.

Texting as effective as phone calls in reaching unvaccinated patients

Automated text messaging was as effective as direct phone calls in getting unvaccinated patients to seek out a Covid-19 injection, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The researchers had speculated that texting might reach more people, but the numbers were almost identical.

The realities of addiction: a dangerous game

In the second of our series on addiction, journalist John Windell looks at the billion-pound industry that is enjoyed by millions in the UK, but exacts a huge cost on some players and their families.

Wales: new targeted support for people at risk of type 2 diabetes

The All Wales Diabetes Prevention Programme (AWDPP), designed and led by Public Health Wales, was officially launched during Diabetes Awareness week in June. It’s been funded through a £1m annual investment by the Welsh Government’s Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales strategy.

Scotland: impact of covid on children and young people

An overview of key messages from the latest round of the Covid-19 Early Years Resilience and Impact Survey has revealed mixed results for families, but a negative impact overall. 

News in numbers: July/August 2022

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

The power of pleasure

Pleasure plays a crucial role in good sexual health throughout life, and positive attitudes towards sex mean it’s safer. Journalist Anna Scott investigates.

One-to-one: still in the spotlight

Northern Ireland’s commissioner for children and young people, Koulla Yiasouma, on how she’s kept children’s rights in people’s minds during some uniquely turbulent times.

Prolonged sitting associated with early death and heart disease

New research suggests that sitting for more than six hours a day may be harmful to cardio health. An international study surveying 105,677 participants from 21 countries found that people who sat for six to eight hours a day had a 12 to 13% increased risk of early death and heart disease, while those who sat for more than eight hours a day increased that to 20%.

Understanding neonatal jaundice

Elaine Robinson, senior lecturer at Northumbria University, and Nicci Jones-Anderson, a medical student at Newcastle University, explore the therapeutic pathways for jaundice in newborns.

The realities of addiction: alcoholism

In the first of a new series on addiction, journalist John Windell looks at alcohol dependency, its symptoms, how to get treatment, and what you can do to help.

Oral health: brush with me

Simple interventions can help lower the incidence of dental caries in young children, say Carolyn Stapleton and Dwynwen Spargo.

Informed immunisations: the JCVI

Jenna F Gritzfeld and Andrew Earnshaw from the JCVI offer invaluable insight into how vital decisions on vaccines are made, both during and outside a pandemic.

Now it makes sense: ADHD and Autism in adulthood

Growing numbers of adults are being diagnosed with autism or ADHD. Journalist Anna Scott asks, what’s the impact and how can you help?

Breaking the inequality cycle

With a growing crisis in the cost of living and little financial relief for the worst-off, the gap between the most and least healthy is likely to widen. Journalist Sarah Campbell looks at these inequalities and asks if they can ever improve.

Using disinfectant in pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and eczema

Exposure to disinfectants during pregnancy may be a risk factor for asthma and eczema in children, a study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests.

Babies treated for hypoglycemia suffer no adverse academic outcomes

Babies born with and treated for low blood sugar are not likely to perform worse academically in mid-childhood, research suggests.