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.

Domestic abuse: the danger indoors

Journalist Juliette Astrup explores the worrying surge in domestic abuse during the Covid-19 lockdown and what is being done to address it.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Wales: extra help for the hidden homeless

A major new campaign to tackle hidden homelessness among young people has been launched by the Welsh Government.

Poverty associated with suicide risk in children and teens

Suicide rates in under-20s are higher in US counties where there is more poverty, researchers have found.

England: £165m to help troubled families get their lives back on track

Vulnerable families will receive more support to tackle deep-rooted problems with up to £165m of new funding in 2020-21 for the Troubled Families programme.

The health visitor, the ecological approach and the assessment of health need with a focus on the gypsy and traveller community.

Jacqueline Cattenach explores the links between child development and health and cultural factors in this most marginalised of groups.
 

Slipping through the cracks

Luna Williams of the Immigration Advice Service outlines the many challenges asylum-seeking children and families with disabilities face as they go through a ‘flawed’ system.

Alarm bells ringing: the adult care crisis

Successive governments have failed to stop the rot in the adult social care system, and it is now approaching crisis point. As we go to the polls, journalist Linsey Wynton explores what’s at fault, what’s needed and how urgently.

Sweden: Anaemia in early pregnancy is related to increased risk of children’s autism and ADHD

A cohort study looking at more than 500,000 children and their mothers has linked maternal anaemia early in pregnancy with an increased risk of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and intellectual disability in the child.

Parents fail to stop children’s centre closures

Campaigners fighting the closure of 19 children’s centres in Buckinghamshire have lost their High Court battle – clearing the way for the county council to replace 35 children’s centres with 16 family centres.

Suicide and self-harm prevention strategy is launched

A five-year plan to reduce rates of suicide and self-harm has been launched by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland.

Drug-poisoning deaths reach record levels

Deaths from drug poisoning have reached their highest ever levels in Wales, up by 78% over 10 years, according to a new report by Public Health Wales (PHW).

Dentists warn that teething products risk infants’ health

Parents should be on their guard when using teething powders, pills and gels, the British Dental Association (BDA) has warned.

Big story: more harm than good

Rates of self-harm are rising steeply, especially among young women, but the majority are still not able to access the right medical or psychological care. Can you play a helpful role? Journalist Juliette Astrup investigates.

October news in numbers

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

Netherlands: Aggression and rule-breaking is rarer in children of older parents

Children of older parents tend to have fewer externalising behaviour problems than children of younger parents, a study suggests.

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