News in numbers: September/October 2021

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

New non-invasive method for diagnosing coeliac disease developed

Researchers from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and Ikerbasque have developed a new method of diagnosing coeliac disease using saliva. 

Smoke-free outdoor areas could reduce health risks

Governments should consider including private cars in smoke-free policies to protect child health, according to a systematic study review published in The Lancet.

Swimming may boost children’s vocabulary

A recent study by the University of Delaware suggests swimming could help improve vocabulary learning among children. 

More research needed to improve cancer survival rates in young people

Survival rates for adolescents and young adults with cancer vary considerably depending on the type diagnosed, according to a study published in Cancer, journal of the American Cancer Society. 

Scotland: ambitious plan to improve women’s healthcare a UK first

The Scottish Government has published a Women’s Health Plan to improve women’s health and reduce inequalities, making Scotland the first UK country to do so. 

England: autism strategy extends to children and young people for the first time

The National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 builds on and replaces the Think Autism strategy of 2014. 

RCPCH responds to study on long-lasting Covid symptoms in children

Children who develop symptoms of Covid-19 typically get better after six days, a large UK study in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health has found, with just 4.4% (77 out of 1734) having symptoms after four weeks.

Baby loss: a journey of grief

To mark the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week on 9 October, Clare Worgan and Marc Harder of the charity Sands look at the help available to the public and healthcare professionals.

ADHD: the hungry brain

They’re often unhelpfully labelled as problem children or difficult adults. Yet those living with ADHD can learn to manage their symptoms and function well with the right support, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

The perimenopause: shining a light

Once taboo, the perimenopause is now a public health issue – with campaigners calling for free NHS prescriptions for HRT in England. Journalist Jo Waters asks why the perimenopause has turned political.

News in numbers: July/August 2021

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

Sense of community indicates enthusiasm for vaccine uptake

People who feel a sense of community belonging are more willing to have a Covid-19 vaccine, according to a study in the Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.

The early warning signs of self harm

Researchers have identified two distinct subgroups among young people who self-harm, with risk factors showing as early as age five. It may therefore be possible to predict which individuals are most at risk of self-harm up to a decade ahead of time.

Wales: basic income scheme could improve health for all, says PHW

Adopting a basic income scheme in Wales could be a catalyst for better health and wellbeing outcomes for all, a report published by Public Health Wales has suggested.

Spike in children with mild fever attending A&E puts pressure on staff

Emergency departments (EDs) across the UK are seeing very high numbers of young children for this time of the year because of a rise in infections usually seen in winter, says the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).

Duchess launches centre for early childhood to drive awareness and action

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to drive awareness of, and action on, ‘the transformative impact of the early years’.

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