An integrated targeted intervention to prevent obesity in infants born into a diverse community

Julie Greenway, Lynne Thompson and Sally Cornfield explore whether a nutrition and healthy-living course for mothers could influence three misleading beliefs that can lead to childhood obesity.

Transforming Blackpool's health-visiting model

Children in Blackpool are in need of extra support. Health visitors Sarah Keighley and Vicky Barkworth describe how they worked with Blackpool Better Start to transform the town’s health-visiting model.

The only way is up: the poverty trap

Successive governments have promised a fairer society and greater equality of opportunity, yet research continues to show a decline in social mobility in the UK. Journalist Juliette Astrup asks if is it harder than ever to escape the poverty trap.

Poor sleep in childhood linked to 'bad' cholesterol

Good sleepers in childhood may be healthier adults, according to University of Helsinki research that looked at the effects of different sleep patterns on the health of 1049 adolescents.

Higher A&E admissions for children from households with health issues

A new study has found that emergency hospital admissions are more likely for children growing up in homes where an adult has a mental health disorder or an alcohol misuse issue.

Wales: spike in staff sickness days due to stress

Almost 77,000 working days were lost due to stress and anxiety at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) last year – at an estimated cost of more than £5.4m.

Northern Ireland: £8.8M cash injection to help GP services

£1.8m will be used to address demographic pressures such as the growing numbers of elderly patients.

Scotland: calls to action on mums' mental health

The Scottish Lib Dems are calling for action after the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) revealed that half of health boards in Scotland have no specialist services for pregnant women and new mothers.

Scotland: government plans to halve childhood obesity

Ambitious plans are being drawn up to halve the number of children with obesity by 2030.

Wales: GPs prescribe 'super nanny' to struggling parents

Parents who find it hard to manage their child’s behaviour are being prescribed a specialist early years worker as part of a pioneering scheme in Swansea.

England: sharp rise in school mental health referrals

Rising demand is placing the system under increased pressure, jeopardising thousands of kids’ wellbeing.

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