Embedding equality

Dr Habib Naqvi on the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s unique position to scrutinise the NHS and overturn deep-seated racial inequalities.

LGBTQ+ equality in critical condition?

Before the pandemic, LGBTQ+ people were marginalised in healthcare. Anna Scott asks if the situation has deteriorated.

Shattered: can the UK’s health recover?

Some 20 months after the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK, the damage to the population’s health is already becoming apparent – and it’s looking rather unequal. Journalist Jo Waters explores the impact and way forward.

HIV: where are we now?

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the latest in the global fight against HIV and AIDS, from modern treatments and the impact of Covid-19 on the HIV-positive population to tackling the ongoing stigma still associated with the virus.

ASD symptoms reduced after early interventions

Pre-emptive interventions given to young children showing early signs of autism led to a statistically significant reduction in the severity of autistic behaviours.

FASD affects millions in the UK

A University of Salford study shows that 1.8% to 3.6% of young people may have fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) after being exposed to alcohol in the womb.

Could early adulthood depression lead to dementia?

A new study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease suggests depression in early adulthood could be a risk factor for cognitive impairment, including dementia, in later life.

Reducing sugar in packaged foods could cut CVD deaths by half a million

Cutting 20% of sugar from packaged foods and 40% from drinks could prevent 2.48 million cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, slash diabetes cases by 750,000 and cut cardiovascular deaths by 490,000 over the lifetime of the adult US population, says a new study.

Wales: ‘triple threat’ to health and equality

A recent report by Public Health Wales (PHW) is ‘the first of its kind to study the cumulative impacts of Brexit, coronavirus and climate change together and their combined influences on health, wellbeing and inequalities in Wales’.

England: gambling-related harms and the huge cost to society

Public Health England (PHE) has published the first evidence review of harms associated with gambling – estimated to cost society at least £1.27bn a year.

News in numbers: November/December 2021

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

News in numbers: September/October 2021

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

New non-invasive method for diagnosing coeliac disease developed

Researchers from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country and Ikerbasque have developed a new method of diagnosing coeliac disease using saliva. 

Smoke-free outdoor areas could reduce health risks

Governments should consider including private cars in smoke-free policies to protect child health, according to a systematic study review published in The Lancet.

Swimming may boost children’s vocabulary

A recent study by the University of Delaware suggests swimming could help improve vocabulary learning among children. 

More research needed to improve cancer survival rates in young people

Survival rates for adolescents and young adults with cancer vary considerably depending on the type diagnosed, according to a study published in Cancer, journal of the American Cancer Society. 

Scotland: ambitious plan to improve women’s healthcare a UK first

The Scottish Government has published a Women’s Health Plan to improve women’s health and reduce inequalities, making Scotland the first UK country to do so. 

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