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.
 

UK: Emotional struggles predict temper tantrums in two-year-olds

Mothers who suffered from stress and anxiety in the antenatal period are more likely to see their child display behavioural problems such as temper tantrums, restlessness and spitefulness, according to a study.

Ireland: Second-hand smoke linked to increased risk of child obesity

The children of women who do not smoke are less likely to become overweight or obese, report researchers from University College Cork.

Great Britain: Racist incidents rise for overseas nurses since Brexit vote

Overseas nurses are experiencing higher levels of discrimination, including racist incidents, and are more likely to consider leaving the NHS since the EU referendum in 2016, a new report has found.

Scotland: First meeting held to tackle NHS bullying and harassment

Measures to tackle bullying in the NHS in Scotland have been discussed at the first meeting of a new advisory body.

England: Bullied children are at greater risk of depression

A mix of genetic and environmental factors could put some people at greater risk of depression if they are bullied as children, says a study in JAMA Network Open.

Wales: Scientists spot eating disorder early warning signs

Researchers have found a series of early warning signs that could herald the development of an eating disorder.

England: New public health duty to tackle serious violence

Public bodies such as NHS trusts and schools are to be bound by a new legal duty to prevent and tackle serious violence.

England and Wales: Infant mortality rates rise for third year running in England and Wales

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show infant mortality rates in England and Wales have risen for the third year running.

September news in numbers

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

Big story: The hidden helpers

As a report highlights how the needs of black, Asian and minority ethnic young carers are going unmet, journalist Juliette Astrup explores the issues facing this marginalised group within a group.

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