Osteoporosis: the silent disease

A bone fracture is often the first indication of this typically asymptomatic common condition, writes journalist Julie Penfold.

Why is it taking so long to achieve racial equality in healthcare?

The pandemic has impacted BAME groups more severely and exposed yet more disparities. Inequality in healthcare (still) and structural racism in society are some of the reasons. Journalist Linsey Wynton asks why we are still waiting for action.

Children’s relationship with natural world needs care

Children are happier and more likely to protect the natural world when they have a greater connection to it.

A global rise in gout

Between 1990 and 2017, the prevalence of gout – a form of arthritis characterised by severe pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints – increased around the world, reveals an analysis in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

England: Government urges people to lose weight to beat Covid and help NHS

The government released its obesity strategy at the end of July, announcing ‘a new set of policies… to empower people to make the healthier choices they want to make and give the full support of the NHS to people who... want to lose weight’.

Scotland: national mesh removal service to be introduced

A mesh removal surgical service is being set up for women experiencing complications following vaginal mesh implants.

News in numbers: September/October 2020

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

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.

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.

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