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.

Early childhood antibiotics may increase risk of type 1 diabetes

Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may have an increased risk of type 1 diabetes in children by age 10, new research suggests.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

England: vapers wrongly think their habit is as bad as cigarettes

An increasing number of smokers believe nicotine vaping products are equally or more harmful than smoking, says a report from Public Health England (PHE). 

Thousands of cancer cases being missed during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a dramatic effect on cancer services, warns Cancer Research UK (CRUK), and thousands of cases are being missed.

Cystic fibrosis: clear way forward

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease – especially in a time of pandemic – that affects the lungs, digestive system and other parts of the body. Treatment is a challenge, but that could be about to change, says journalist John Windell.

Scotland: minimum alcohol pricing fails to dent underage drinking habits

Minimum unit pricing (MUP) of alcohol has had no impact on under-18s’ drinking habits, say researchers

Endometriosis: a cycle of pain

The scale of the misery caused to two million women by endometriosis will come under the spotlight during Endometriosis Awareness Month in March. Journalist Jo Waters reports on the drive for greater awareness.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

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

England: free period products made available to school students

State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty. 

Climate change: the health impact

Climate change poses a huge challenge to public health. While awareness is growing, there’s much to be done. Journalist Linsey Wynton looks at the depth of the emergency and in turn asks how healthcare can help save the planet.

Wales: £13m for new wellbeing hub in Cardiff

A £13m investment to fund a new wellbeing hub in Cardiff has been announced by the Welsh Government.

Heavy screen use may make pre-school children less physically active

Two- and three-year-olds who spend more than three hours a day on screens are less physically active at age five than those who watch for less than an hour.

Mental health of secondary school children is getting worse

Secondary school children have worsening mental health, the latest Health behaviour in school-aged children England national report has shown.

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