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. 

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.

UK: air pollution linked to teenage psychotic episodes

Research from King’s College London has provided the first evidence of an association between air pollution and psychotic experiences in adolescence.

England: a speedier diagnosis for pre-eclampsia

A simple blood test that speeds up the diagnosis of pre-eclampsia by two days is to be rolled out to more pregnant women.

Scotland: think again about ‘going large’

Food Standards Scotland has launched a #NoToUpsizing campaign to remind people that upping their portion sizes when eating out could harm their health.

UK: inquiry demands tighter social media regulation

#NewFilters, the first national inquiry examining the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing, has called for tighter regulations on social media.

Children’s mental health services face postcode lottery, warns new report

Children in need of ‘low-level’ mental health services – vital preventative and early intervention services for problems such as anxiety, depression or eating disorders are facing a postcode lottery. So found an investigation by the Children’s Commissioner for England.

Finding a calm balance

A stressful working life can impact on families’ health and wellbeing, too. How can CPs support parents in a meaningful and non-judgmental way? Journalist Rima Evans reports.

Unfit for life?

Physical inactivity among the UK’s children is at crisis point. What can be done? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

Big story: a tough start in life

A report by the Health and Social Care Select Committee finds that children in England are not being supported in their critical first 1000-day period. Journalist Juliette Astrup takes a look at the recommendations and the reactions.

Australia: self-poisoning in children doubles in 10 years

The number of Australian children intentionally poisoning themselves with drugs such as paracetamol and antidepressants has doubled in the past decade, say scientists.

Ireland: screen use and obesity linked to short-sightedness in children

Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heavy use of screens and reduced daylight are making short-sightedness in children more likely, researchers have found.

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