Child health
Why Children Die in Scotland

Why Children Die in Scotland

Around 350 to 450 infants, children and young people die in Scotland each year, according to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Scotland in its first ever report on child mortality, Why Children Die. Statistically, the child mortality figures are in line with the UK as a

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Child autism may be linked to air pollutants

Child autism may be linked to air pollutants

A researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) published a study this week which adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that autism is linked to air pollutants, such as those generated by vehicles. Amy Kalkbrenner, an environmental epidemiologist, found that a study between pollution and autism rates in

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Psychologically abused children go undetected

Psychologically abused children go undetected

A study published by the American Psychological Association (APA) found psychologically abused children suffer from “similar and sometimes worse mental health problems” as those who had been physically or sexually abused, yet childhood psychological abuse is “rarely addressed in prevention programs or in treating victims”. Researchers at the Trauma Centre

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NICE issue draft recommendations to tackle sudden infant death syndrome

NICE issue draft recommendations to tackle sudden infant death syndrome

According to the Office of National Statistics, 244 unexplained infant deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2011. Most of these deaths occur when infants are born prematurely or with a low birthweight. However, recent research suggests that co-sleeping with parents can increase the risk of SIDS due to “environmental

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A million children at risk of heart disease and diabetes because of “hidden fat” suggests study

A million children at risk of heart disease and diabetes because of “hidden fat” suggests study

Research from London Metropolitan University indicates that an estimated one million children in the UK could be carrying too much fat around their inner organs, which may result in an increase in diabetes, heart disease and obesity in later life. Professor David McCarthy, who led the study, said that many

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