Public Health England have released further analysis about the wellbeing of 15 year-olds from the 'What about YOUth' survey in 2014. the key findings are;
- young people who engaged in behaviour which might harm their health such as drinking and smoking, having poor diet or exercising rarely, or who had negative feelings towards their body size reported lower wellbeing than those who did not
- self-reported wellbeing varied depending on the relative affluence or deprivation of the family, with those whose families were in more affluent groups and living in the least deprived areas reporting higher average wellbeing
- young people who stated that they had a disability, long-term illness or medical condition reported lower wellbeing than those who did not
- young people who described their sexual orientation as gay, lesbian, bisexual or ‘other’ were more likely to have lower wellbeing than those who declared themselves heterosexual. On average these young people also reported lower life satisfaction and happiness, and higher anxiety
The Government has published its response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee report on Childhood obesity
Things about ADHD and substance use...
Frequent Substance Use (SU) for young adults with childhood ADHD is accompanied by greater initial exposure at a young age and slightly faster progression. Early SU prevention and screening is critical before escalation to intractable levels. This is the conclusion from a longitudinal study published recently in J Child Psychology & Psychiatry
Things about chronic illness...
An article in Journal of Pediatric Nursing considers the 'School Experiences of Siblings of Children with Chronic Illness' - a systematic literature review. It concludes that:
Many siblings are socially resilient, yet overlooked, members of the family who may present with psychological, academic and peer related difficulties at school following diagnosis of a brother or sister with chronic illness.
Things to attend...
A one off, not to be missed opportunity to hear British journalist, author and presenter of BBC’s Today Programme, Nick Robinson, share stories about his career as a broadcaster and his personal battle to regain his voice following lung cancer. Nick will be joined by his Speech and Language Therapist Julia Selby, an alumni of TUoS. Together they will provide a unique insight into how they worked to get his voice back in shape and ready to go ‘on air’ following months of illness and discuss the long term impact of voice therapy. There will be a drinks reception following the event with an opportunity to meet Nick and Julia. Tickets for the event are priced at £15 and proceeds will be donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support
The 20th Sir Arthur Hall Memorial Lecture: What will the NHS be facing on its 90th birthday?
by Professor Chris Whitty CBE FMedSi, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Health
This open event is in the Students' Union Building, The University of Sheffield, at 6pm on Thursday, 15 February 2018.
This year the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday. There have been significant changes in health and medicine in the UK over the last two decades, and in many areas of healthcare very substantial changes since the initial foundation of the NHS in 1948. These include major reductions in the impact of heart disease and stroke, large changes to infectious diseases and many improvements in the prevention and treatment of cancers. In some areas such as diabetes or antimicrobial resistance things are moving in the wrong direction. The demography of the UK has changed and is changing. Many of the trends have been remarkably stable so it is possible realistically to project forward 20 years in many areas of medicine and public health. This helps with planning research and policy. The 2018 Sir Arthur Hall lecture will consider where we have come from and where we are going over the next two decades in health and medicine.
I am enjoying watching the Hairy Bikers latest series on TV and last week made the Sardinian lamb with fennel which was beautiful, tender and tasty.