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.

Why is it taking so long to achieve racial equality in healthcare?

The pandemic has impacted BAME groups more severely and exposed yet more disparities. Inequality in healthcare (still) and structural racism in society are some of the reasons. Journalist Linsey Wynton asks why we are still waiting for action.

Children’s relationship with natural world needs care

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it.

A global rise in gout

Between 1990 and 2017, the prevalence of gout – a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints – increased around the world, reveals an analysis in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

England: Government urges people to lose weight to beat Covid and help NHS

The government released its obesity strategy at the end of July, announcing ‘a new set of policies… to empower people to make the healthier choices they want to make and give the full support of the NHS to people who... want to lose weight’.

Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

News in numbers: September/October 2020

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

Clinical: life versus lupus

Lupus is often associated with women, but a fifth of cases are diagnosed in childhood. It can make a huge impact on a young person’s life but, with support, they can thrive, says journalist Julie Penfold.

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