A report from Food Poverty Action Aberdeen on food poverty and food insecurity in Aberdeen. The report details the extent of food poverty/insecurity through the use of food banks and identifies welfare reform as a major cause of food poverty/insecurity in the city.
The Lancet has an editorial highlighting an article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which identified economic and health disparities between the north and south of England. The article reported that in past 20 years overall mortality is 20% higher in the north of England than in the south. The Lancet editorial concludes that UK government policy reports have not been an incentive for hard action.
Public Health England (PHE) have announced the next stage of their plan to tackle childhood obesity. This will involve setting the ambition of a calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the food children consume the most. This is likely to include ready meals, pizzas, burgers etc… In addition, the Department of Health have announced the funding of an Obesity Research Policy Unit at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) have advised that the fortification of flour with folic acid would be beneficial in reducing neural tube defect affected pregnancies but that fortification on a Scotland-only basis would not be straightforward and would incur additional cost burden.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) Scotland have released a report on the paediatric workforce in Scotland. The report focuses on data from the RCPCH Workforce Census 2015 in Scotland and highlights recruitment as leading factor in the workforce pressures within the sector.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland (2017) ‘State of child health. Short report series: the paediatric workforce focus on Scotland‘, London: RCPCH.
The latest newsletter from the Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) at the University of Oxford has been published. The newsletter highlights two recently published studies on the costs of obesity to NHS England; some current projects, including one of the cost-effectiveness of genomic information and a project on economic evaluation in factorial randomised trials. There are also updates on staffing and recent activity.
The ‘My Signals‘ resource from NIHR is a new feature enabling health service users and staff to highlight NIHR research that is important to them. In this update a member of the public highlights the project on self-monitoring of warfarin as making an impact on the care of her husband. HERU were involved in the health economics component of the research.
Elsewhere on the page there is a link to a feature on research about managing the obesity of men. This is a research summary rather than a ‘My Signals’ page but does feature the HTA on the management of obesity in men that HERU were involved in.