Health visitors’ experiences of conducting non-visual assessment of unwell pre-school children via the health visiting duty telephone service: an exploratory qualitative study

Debbie Outram and Lesley Dibley asked health visitors to rate the effectiveness of the telephone triage processes they follow, focusing on the heightened risk of an unsuccessful outcome and how that may influence their attitude to the task.

Ethnic health inequalities equate to 20 years' ageing

In 15 out of 17 minority ethnic groups, health-related quality of life in adults aged 55+ was worse on average for women, men, or both, than for white British people, a study has revealed.

Children can learn about health via a school sports programme

Researchers assessed a ‘health education through football’ programme for children aged 10 to 12 in Denmark, looking at the effects on health knowledge and enjoyment levels.

Brain-related visual impairment may affect 1 in 30 children

Cerebral visual impairment (CVI) – a term for a variety of brain-related visual problems previously thought to be rare – may affect one in 30 primary school children. 

Frequent cannabis use by teens linked to drop in IQ

Adolescents who regularly use cannabis may experience a decline in IQ over time, a study in Psychological Medicine has found.

Covid lessons: allies against inequality

Asha Day asks what lessons have been learned about health inequities during the pandemic, and what changes in risk assessments, vaccinations and structural racism are still needed. 

Tinnitus: breaking the waves

It’s a loud and lasting problem for many, and a life-changing issue for a few, writes journalist John Windell. So what is tinnitus and what can be done to restore some peace and quiet?

Pandemic impact: what about the kids?

Young people are emerging as the pandemic’s collateral damage. Their mental health and education are under strain, and their struggles include anxiety, isolation and poverty. Journalist Jo Waters asks what can be done to support them.

Classroom ventilation guidelines urgently needed

Schools urgently need guidelines on ventilation to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission in the classroom.

England: Covid-19 deaths higher among people with disability

Almost six out of every 10 people (59.5%) who died from Covid-19 in England in 2020 were disabled, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says. 

Young people with cancer should never face treatment alone, say charities

Covid-19 restrictions are forcing some young people are to attend cancer treatment and appointments alone, putting them at unnecessary risk of confusion, fear and isolation, warn the Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent.

News in numbers: March/April 2021

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

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

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