USA: Napping associated with a host of benefits for older children

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found a connection between midday naps in older children and greater happiness, self-control, academic achievement and fewer behavioural problems.

UK: New framework for training in infant mental health

A new competencies framework has been launched to help practitioners working with children from birth to two years to identify gaps in their training.

UK: New guide on childhood trauma published

Three charities have produced a new guide on childhood adversity and trauma for professionals working with children.

Wales: Cardiff offers bikes on prescription in UK first

Two GP practices in Cardiff have launched a pilot project prescribing patients with a six-month membership to a bike share scheme, in a bid to tackle heart disease.

UK: Plain packaging call for sweets and treats

All confectionary, crisps and sugary drinks should have plain packaging like tobacco, a leading think tank has urged.

Social care system at crisis point

BBC Panorama’s ‘Crisis in care’ highlighted the state of adult social care in the UK and the human costs of a failing system. 
 

A postive note

Research is now exploring the link beween singing and better health more rigorously, says journalist Rima Evans. 

A Systematic review of the effectiveness of infant massage programmes in improving mother and infant attachment and dyadic attunement.

Rebecca Balakrishna, Melanie Teixeira, Jane Meyrick and Roxanne Hart sought to answer this question with a systematic review of the evidence from studies across 36 years.

Any questions?

Having access to, and understanding, quality health information is vital for life, yet too many adults are still missing out. Journalist Erin Dean asks, what’s going on?

PTSD wake-up call

Young people aren’t getting the support they need for trauma experienced in childhood, and it’s having serious consequences. Journalist Anna Scott reports.

USA: more water cuts children’s intake of sugary drinks

A US study has found that one in five children and young people do not drink any water on a given day, and that this is associated with consuming extra sugar and calories from sweetened drinks.

Canada: gestational diabetes linked to child diabetes risk

Children born to mothers with gestational diabetes could be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes themselves.

England: new service gives health visitors access to digital ‘red book'

Healthcare professionals can now access vital child health information digitally, following the launch of a ground-breaking service.

Great Britain: lack of mental health support in schools is a ‘destructive situation’

Four in five teachers report seeing more mental health problems among students, says a survey of more than 8600 teachers, school leaders and support staff from across the UK.

Wales: Smoking banned on sidelines of children’s sports pitches

A pilot banning parents from smoking on the sidelines at children’s sports games has been launched in part of Wales.

Northern Ireland: diabetes prevention programme launches

A programme to tackle the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA)

Scotland: redistribution of income is best way to address health inequalities

Actions to redistribute income are likely to result in the biggest improvements in population health and reductions in health inequalities, a study has shown.

Top