Clinical: life versus lupus

Lupus is often associated with women, but a fifth of cases are diagnosed in childhood. It can make a huge impact on a young person’s life but, with support, they can thrive, says journalist Julie Penfold.

Signs of possible diabetes can be seen decades earlier in childhood

Early signs of being more susceptible to type 2 diabetes as an adult can be seen in children as young as eight years, research has found.

Air pollution is a major risk for cardiovascular disease

Long-term exposure to fine particulate outdoor air pollution is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death, regardless of country income, a global study reveals.

Breastfeeding helps children at high risk of obesity

For those at risk of becoming obese, being exclusively breastfed as an infant can help ward off weight gain later in life, a study in PLOS Genetics has found.

Northern Ireland: cancer waiting lists lengthen

From January to March 2020, the percentage of patients with an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer starting treatment within 62 days was an average of 49% – the ministerial target is 95%.

News in numbers: July/August 2020

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

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.

News in numbers: March/April 2020

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

England: free period products made available to school students

State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty. 

Climate change: the health impact

Climate change poses a huge challenge to public health. While awareness is growing, there’s much to be done. Journalist Linsey Wynton looks at the depth of the emergency and in turn asks how healthcare can help save the planet.

Wales: £13m for new wellbeing hub in Cardiff

A £13m investment to fund a new wellbeing hub in Cardiff has been announced by the Welsh Government.

Heavy screen use may make pre-school children less physically active

Two- and three-year-olds who spend more than three hours a day on screens are less physically active at age five than those who watch for less than an hour.

Mental health of secondary school children is getting worse

Secondary school children have worsening mental health, the latest Health behaviour in school-aged children England national report has shown.

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.

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