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Published: Apr 26, 2013 2:30:00 PM
Senior Lecturer at the Centre, Dr Pat Tookey, was interviewed on the BBC News Channel, and participated in a 3-way live radio discussion on Voice of Russia. More...
Published: Mar 21, 2013 1:02:43 PM
In January 2013 Anna Pearce commences an MRC Population Health Scientist fellowship. Her research will take a longitudinal and cross-national approach to gain a better understanding of why children from disadvantaged backgrounds experience poorer health than those from more advantaged backgrounds. Anna will spend the next three years researching this topic, including 12 months at the University of Adelaide. Findings will be used to inform UK and international policy for the reduction of child health inequalities. More...
Published: Jan 11, 2013 3:57:13 PM
The latest figures for uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine show that 91% of two year old children in England have received the vaccine. This is the first time since 1998 that MMR vaccine rates have been higher than 90%. In 1998 a publication in the Lancet, which was widely interpreted as suggesting MMR vaccine was linked with autism and bowel disease, led to widespread media coverage and speculation about the safety of this vaccine. Many parents who were justifiably concerned, decided not to accept the vaccine for their children. Rates fell to a low of 78% overall but in many districts, particularly in inner London, rates were as low as 50%. We are continuing to see the results of this, with large outbreaks of measles once again in England. More...
Published: Nov 28, 2012 3:24:55 PM
Centre Director, Catherine Law, gave the opening plenary lecture at the International Society of Social Paediatrics and Child Health’s conference in St Andrews on 6th September 2012. The theme for the conference was “evidence into practice and evidence into policy”. More...
Published: Sep 11, 2012 2:15:40 PM
Policies to tackle child health inequalities
When the UK Labour Government came to power in 1997 its stated commitment to both improving the lives of children and reducing health inequalities was unprecedented.
However, despite systematic and wide-spread investment and policy effort over thirteen years, and an overall improvement in the population’s health, child health inequalities persist. Our research explored the Labour Government’s approaches to reducing child health inequalities and examined why its policies were not more effective.
This was presented by Catherine Law at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health annual conference and has been accepted for publication in Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Principal investigator: Catherine Law
More information: RCPCH presentation
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