May news in numbers

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

We need to talk about death

How can you best support families who are in the sad position of mourning a child or a parent? Journalist Linsey Wynton reports.

Big story: mindful from the start?

With mindfulness exercises set to be among techniques taught in a government-led trial across primary schools, journalist Juliette Astrup asks about the growing interest in mindfulness and how it can help support children’s wellbeing.

Spain: mother’s diet modulates ADHD risk

What a mother eats during pregnancy could affect her child’s risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests new research.

USA: adversity in early life disrupts gut microbes linked to brain function

A study has linked disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome, triggered by early-life adversity, with emotional health. 

UK: air pollution linked to teenage psychotic episodes

Research from King’s College London has provided the first evidence of an association between air pollution and psychotic experiences in adolescence.

England: a speedier diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

A simple blood test that speeds up the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia by two days is to be rolled out to more pregnant women.

Scotland: think again about ‘going large’

Food Standards Scotland has launched a #NoToUpsizing campaign to remind people that upping their portion sizes when eating out could harm their health.

UK: inquiry demands tighter social media regulation

#NewFilters, the first national inquiry examining the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, has called for tighter regulations on social media.

Children’s mental health services face postcode lottery, warns new report

Children in need of ‘low-level’ mental health services – vital preventative and early intervention services for problems such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders are facing a postcode lottery. So found an investigation by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Finding a calm balance

A stressful working life can impact on families’ health and wellbeing, too. How can CPs support parents in a meaningful and non-judgmental way? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

Unfit for life?

Physical inactivity among the UK’s children is at crisis point. What can be done? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Big story: a tough start in life

A report by the Health and Social Care Select Committee finds that children in England are not being supported in their critical first 1000-day period. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the recommendations and the reactions.

Australia: self-poisoning in children doubles in 10 years

The number of Australian children intentionally poisoning themselves with drugs such as paracetamol and antidepressants has doubled in the past decade, say scientists.

Ireland: screen use and obesity linked to short-sightedness in children

Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heavy use of screens and reduced daylight are making short-sightedness in children more likely, researchers have found.

UK: PTSD strikes one in 13 youngsters

One in 13 young people in the UK have had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) before reaching the age of 18, new research suggests.

UK: parents support watershed for junk food ads

The public supports tougher restrictions on junk food advertising, including a 9pm watershed, according to the results of a survey published by Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).

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