The Health News United Kingdom April 21 2018

  • The first ever international analysis looking at UK child health measures over time and across fourteen other comparable OECD countries concludes that despite some impressive progress in recent decades, the UK remains a long way short of its stated ambition to be an international leader in fostering a healthy start for children. The UK has considerably more overweight or obese children than the average amongst high-income countries and in 2013 it had one of the highest proportions of overweight girls aged 2-19, at 29% – second only to the US.
  • It has been reported that police are investigating after a stillborn baby was found in the boot of a car at a Northern Ireland hospital.  The Sun newspaper reports a young teenage woman arrived at Altnagelvin Hospital to report what had happened before she disappeared on Thursday.
  • Analysis of national data by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute found that over a million UK adults are both struggling with their mental health and housing costs – with one often feeding the other. The charity also found that people who are struggling with housing costs are one and a half times as likely to experience mental health problems – a squeeze in living standards is leaving many behind on rent and in need of mental health support.

News on Health Professional Radio. Today is the 20th of April 2018. Read by Tabetha Moreto.

https://sciencebusiness.net/healthy-measures/news/after-years-progress-some-health-outcomes-children-uk-are-stalling

The first ever international analysis looking at UK child health measures over time and across fourteen other comparable Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries concludes that despite some impressive progress in recent decades, the UK remains a long way short of its stated ambition to be an international leader in fostering a healthy start for children. The study, published by the health think tank Nuffield Trust and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says the findings should set alarm bells ringing for policymakers about the effects of cuts to public health and early years services. Investment is needed to improve maternal and antenatal health promotion, address health and socioeconomic inequalities, and protect public health budgets.
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Child health outcomes have improved across nine of the sixteen areas examined over the past decade, including reductions in the rate of infant deaths, increases in cancer survival, and a rise in the rate of immunisation.

In two thousand fourteen, the UK had the fourth highest infant mortality rate among all comparable countries.The UK still lags behind countries like Sweden, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands on the uptake of measles vaccinations. Uptake of vaccines for illnesses like whooping cough and meningitis have all dropped in the past year. The UK has considerably more overweight or obese children than the average amongst high-income countries and in two thousand thirteen it had one of the highest proportions of overweight girls aged two to nineteen, at twenty nine percent – second only to the US. The UK has the second highest prevalence of babies born with neural tube defects – something that can be prevented by taking folic acid.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/stillborn-baby-found-in-car-boot-at-northern-ireland-hospital-36815743.html

It has been reported that police are investigating after a stillborn baby was found in the boot of a car at a Northern Ireland hospital.  The Sun newspaper reports a young teenage woman arrived at Altnagelvin Hospital to report what had happened before she disappeared on Thursday.

Fearing for her safety, the paper reports, staff contacted police and the woman was found soon after. It’s claimed the woman delivered the baby outside the hospital grounds and the child was some weeks premature. A car was examined in the grounds of the hospital. Police are also understood to have visited the Fetal Assessment Unit at the hospital. A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokeswoman told the Belfast Telegraph officers responded to a “concern for safety” and with investigations continuing it would be inappropriate to comment further.

http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/20878/million-uk-adults-struggling-mental-health-housing-costs/

Analysis of national data by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute found that over a million UK adults are both struggling with their mental health and housing costs – with one often feeding the other. The charity also found that people who are struggling with housing costs are one and a half times as likely to experience mental health problems – a squeeze in living standards is leaving many behind on rent and in need of mental health support.

The report found that mental health problems also make arrears harder to resolve, and that offers of support from housing providers are not getting through. This creates a cycle of rent arrears, fears of eviction and mental health problems that is hard to break. Social housing providers already offer support for their residents far beyond what is available in the private rented sector.
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Simon Crine, director of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, said: “For most of us, our home is central to our wellbeing, our sense of self and our confidence that we can support and protect our families. When that comes under threat because of difficulties meeting the rent it can have an immediate and profound impact on our mental health. The research reveals for the first time the sheer number of people affected, and sets out some straightforward things that can be done to help.”
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Money and Mental Health is also calling for the government to do more to help – making specific changes to the benefit system that would support people with mental health problems to stay in their homes. This includes paying the housing component of a person’s benefits directly to their landlord if they have a mental health condition which limits their ability to manage their finances themselves, and allowing benefit payments to be backdated by more than a month where a claimant has been too unwell to claim.

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