England: free vitamin D supply over winter for the clinically vulnerable

Care home residents and people on the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ list (2.7 million people in total) are being offered free vitamin D supplements over winter by the government.

Scotland: first country in the world to make period products free

Scotland has become the first country anywhere to provide free period products to ‘anyone who needs them’. 

England: Royal report on rise in parental loneliness, plus more support needed

Only 10% of expectant parents took time to look after themselves before their baby was born, a third expect Covid to have a negative impact on their wellbeing, and parental loneliness increased from 38% to 63% during the pandemic.

Cancer rates rise in adolescents and young adults

Over more than four decades, cancer cases have risen by 29.6% in adolescents and young adults (aged 15 to 39), a study has found.

News in numbers: January/February 2021

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

What lies ahead? The future of practice after Covid

Regardless of how much we dare to hope the beginning of the end of the pandemic is in sight, its ripple effects on the UK’s health and their implications for CPs are just starting. Journalist Anna Scott asks if Covid-19 has changed the professions’ methods forever.

Clinical: Raynaud's syndrome

A common condition that affects around one in six people in the UK, Raynaud’s syndrome, continues to be a hidden illness due to lack of awareness, writes journalist Julie Penfold

Diverse needs: supporting BAME families

BAME people suffer racial discrimination throughout their lives, as highlighted recently by the Black Lives Matter protests. Journalist Linsey Wynton, a mother of three mixed-race children, asks how CPs can best help BAME families.

Obesity: is it everybody's problem?

Can government strategy help tip the scales on the UK’s excess weight, or is there too much onus on the individual? And what do CPs think? Journalist Jo Waters reports.

Clinical: Type 2 diabetes is on the rise

Type 2 diabetes is rife in the UK, even among children, but supporting people to make healthier choices could improve the situation hugely, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

News in numbers: November/December 2020

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

Vaping is not a ‘safer option’ for pregnant women

According to the first known study into the effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on babies, e-cigarettes might not be a safer alternative to smoking during pregnancy.

Women’s attitudes may lead to better Covid compliance

A study across eight countries has revealed that women consider Covid-19 a more serious health problem than men and are more likely to approve of and comply with health policies.

Possible risk of neurological harm to young people from air pollution

Researchers found markers of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease in the brainstems of 186 young Mexico City residents aged 11 months to 27 years.

England and Wales: new advice to improve immunity through exercise

Advice for healthcare professionals promoting exercise as a way of supporting immune function has been launched in response to Covid-19.

Wales: those with a longstanding illness expected to increase along with unemployment

A new report from Public Health Wales (PHW) suggests that the proportion of the population suffering from longstanding illnesses could increase by around 4% over the next three years, from 46.4% pre-pandemic to 50.3% in 2022-23.

Osteoporosis: the silent disease

A bone fracture is often the first indication of this typically asymptomatic common condition, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

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