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. 

England: autism strategy extends to children and young people for the first time

The National strategy for autistic children, young people and adults: 2021 to 2026 builds on and replaces the Think Autism strategy of 2014. 

Treat me well

Closing health equality gaps for people with a learning disability must start in childhood, says Paul Donnelly, head of campaigns at learning disability charity Mencap.

SCID: spotting the danger

Lauren Cooper, Lucy Pylypiw and Liz Robinson of the NHS Newborn Blood Spot screening programme explain how an evaluation of screening for severe combined immunodeficiency will work, and what HVs can do.

CVI: mixed messages

Cerebral visual impairment is the most common cause of vision problems in primary school-age children but the condition can often slip through the net. Journalist Jo Waters reports on the strategies for supporting children.

Conference special 2021: health and wellbeing for all ages

A round-up of the inaugural one-day Unite-CPHVA virtual conference 2021 – from sustaining your own workplace resilience to the impact of lockdown on babies, expert speakers explored the issues for CPs through the lens of Covid and beyond.

Waiting in vain

As waiting lists for NHS services reach record highs following the pandemic, journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at what it means for children and families.

Covid-19 vaccination: rebuilding trust

A panel of esteemed speakers convened by Unite-CPHVA explored vaccine uptake among black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.

News in numbers: May/June 2021

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

Sickle cell disease: behind the curve

Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the UK. Journalist Linsey Wynton sets out the essential information about this serious, rarely cured and often painful condition.