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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
Does parental employment affect the health of children? It is a main plank of UK policies to reduce child poverty and its associated health inequalities. However, there has been little research on how the different patterns of employment and work that characterise modern families (in their many forms) are associated with children’s health and health inequalities.
The aims of our current research, funded by the Public Health Research Consortium, are to examine how current and recent UK policies relating to employment impact on children’s health, assess the relationship of parental employment with child health up to the age of 7 years and to explore the mechanisms through which relationships between parental employment and child health arise.
Through secondary data analysis of the Millennium Cohort Study, a review of relevant qualitative literature and by primary qualitative research, we will draw out how policy and practice might use this information to promote child health.
Findings from this research will add to our previous studies in this area which have examined maternal employment and indicators of child health and the relationship between maternal employment and health behaviours in 5 year olds.
Principal investigator: Catherine Law
- Maternal employment and indicators of child health - a systematic review in preschool children in OECD countries. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2009
- Examining the relationship between maternal employment and health behaviours in 5-year-old British children. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2009
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