Health equality - can it ever be reached?

Landmark reports have shockingly revealed growing gaps between the health and life expectancy of the rich and poor in the UK. Journalist Jo Waters asks why these inequalities exist, plus if and how it’s possible to help bridge the divide.

Autism and activity: keeping it up

Psychologists Jez Janda and James Smolinski show how increasing physical activity among children with autism spectrum condition can transform the way interventions are delivered in the community.

Could smoking-style health warnings on alcohol and snacks really work?

Health warning labels (HWLs) to reduce public consumption of alcohol and energy-dense snacks have been tested on the public.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Early childhood antibiotics may increase risk of type 1 diabetes

Children prescribed antibiotics in the first year of life may have an increased risk of type 1 diabetes in children by age 10, new research suggests.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

England: vapers wrongly think their habit is as bad as cigarettes

An increasing number of smokers believe nicotine vaping products are equally or more harmful than smoking, says a report from Public Health England (PHE). 

One in four primary school children lack movement skills

A quarter of primary school children in Ireland cannot run properly and lack basic movement skills, according to a new study of more than 2000 five- to 12-year-olds.

Breastfeeding and frequency of pregnancy may reduce risk of early menopause

Women who breastfed their infants for seven to 12 months may have a significantly lower risk of early menopause than those who breastfed for less than a month. 

News in numbers: February 2020

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

Premature babies at higher risk of diabetes

Babies born before 37 weeks are at an increased risk of developing type 1 and type 2 diabetes, a study says.

Pregnant smokers are more likely to develop diabetes

Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of developing gestational diabetes mellitus, research shows.

Living near a busy road can stunt children’s lung growth

If you live within 50 metres of a major road, your risk of developing lung cancer may increase by up to 10%.

Are C-section babies really more likely to grow up obese?

Women who have caesarean sections are no more likely to have children who develop obesity than women who give birth naturally, a large study has found.

TV habit linked to obesity in children

Watching television had the strongest association with being overweight and obese, say researchers.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

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