Transforming Blackpool's health-visiting model

Children in Blackpool are in need of extra support. Health visitors Sarah Keighley and Vicky Barkworth describe how they worked with Blackpool Better Start to transform the town’s health-visiting model.

The only way is up: the poverty trap

Successive governments have promised a fairer society and greater equality of opportunity, yet research continues to show a decline in social mobility in the UK. Journalist Juliette Astrup asks if is it harder than ever to escape the poverty trap.

Early-life obesity impacts children's learning and memory

Being obese or overweight in the first two years of life and poorer cognitive ability at school age have been linked by a study, published in the journal Obesity.

SLCN - communication breakdown

Many children with speech and language difficulties are slipping through the net, writes journalist John Windell.

General anaesthetic in children linked to arrested development

A study of more than 210,000 children has found that those exposed to general anaesthesia before the age of four were more likely to fare worse at school than their unexposed peers.

Depression in mothers impacts child’s IQ

A mother’s depression negatively impacts her child’s cognitive development, a study has found.

Veganism: the right diet for children?

Increasing numbers of parents are opting to bring up their children on a vegan diet. But is this advisable – or sustainable? Journalist Radhika Holmström asks a panel of specialists.

Birth interventions linked to long-term health problems in children

A study has linked medical interventions at birth with a higher risk of health conditions such as jaundice, respiratory infections and eczema.

Motor skills enhance reading in obese children

A new study has linked high body fat in boys to poor reading skills, but suggests this can be mediated by better motor performance. 

England: children with speech problems not receiving adequate help

Children are not getting the support they need for speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) in England, a review has concluded.

Chatting frequently with children improves their language skills

Making conversation with children can boost the brain’s response to language, according to cognitive scientists at MIT.

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