Understanding neonatal jaundice

Elaine Robinson, senior lecturer at Northumbria University, and Nicci Jones-Anderson, a medical student at Newcastle University, explore the therapeutic pathways for jaundice in newborns.

Using disinfectant in pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and eczema

Exposure to disinfectants during pregnancy may be a risk factor for asthma and eczema in children, a study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests.

Babies treated for hypoglycemia suffer no adverse academic outcomes

Babies born with and treated for low blood sugar are not likely to perform worse academically in mid-childhood, research suggests.

Link between stammering and anxiety found for some children and young people

Children and adolescents who stammer report elevated symptoms of anxiety compared with non-stammering peers, according to a study published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

Lonely teenagers more likely to have poor educational outcomes

A study examining loneliness in adolescence found those affected were more likely to achieve poor educational outcomes.

Urban design could affect weight gain during pregnancy

US study has found an association with the ‘walkability’ of a neighbourhood and expectant mothers’ excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

News in numbers: March / April 2022

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

NMC register grows despite service pressures and exits

The NMC’s mid-year report has revealed that the professional register grew to 744,929 professionals – an increase of 13,011 or 1.8% – between April and September 2021.

Gut microbes may hold key to premature baby brain injury

Extremely premature babies are at substantial risk of brain injury compared with full-term babies, according to a recent study in Cell Host & Microbe.

Scotland: parents praise baby box scheme

An independent evaluation has revealed that 97% of parents in Scotland rate the Baby Box and its contents as ‘very’ or ‘fairly good’.

Duchess launches centre for early childhood to drive awareness and action

The Duchess of Cambridge has launched The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood to drive awareness of, and action on, ‘the transformative impact of the early years’.

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.

Healthy body image protects against weight gain in teens

A two-year study of 1225 Norwegians in early adolescence found that positive ‘self-rated health’ and self-esteem protected them against weight gain.

Poorer outcomes for mums and babies during the pandemic

Pregnancy outcomes for mothers and babies have worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, revealed a global study.

Genetic risk of hypertension linked to pre-eclampsia

Researchers have found that the genetic predisposition to hypertension and increased BMI is related to the risk of pre-eclampsia.

Parents shouldn’t worry about babies’ inconsistent sleep

Sleep consolidation should be viewed by parents as a ‘continuous and dynamic process’, rather than a milestone to be achieved at a specific age, according to a study in Sleep Medicine.