Monthly Archives: December 2012

Parents’ views on child physical activity and their implications for physical activity parenting interventions: a qualitative study

Bentley, GF. et al. BMC Pediatrics, 2012; 12: 180

Establishing healthy physical activity (PA) behaviours in early childhood is important for future PA behaviours. Parents play a central role in young children’s PA. However, there is currently little research on parenting interventions to increase child PA. This study was formative work to inform the content of a pilot randomised-controlled trial.

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Binge – Drinking to get drunk: Influences on young adult drinking behaviours

By Alcohol Concern (2012)

Alcohol Concern and Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, collaborated to consult 1,000 young people aged 16-24 years across the UK about what defines and influences their age group’s relationship to alcohol. Price and promotion are identified as important influences on ‘binge’ drinking in the UK.

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CMO annual report: volume one, 2011 ‘ On the state of the public’s health’

By Department of Health (2012)

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has produced a data rich surveillance report on the state of the English public’s health. The full report has been broken up by chapter for easier access to specific sections of the report.

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Focus on diabetes

By National Institute for Health Research (2012)

To showcase the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle diabetes, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has launched an online resource.

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The minimal evidence for minimal pricing: the fatal flaws in the Sheffield alcohol policy model

By the Adam Smith Research Trust (2012)

This report assesses the Sheffield alcohol policy model which forms the basis for the minimum alcohol pricing policy. It highlights a number of limitations and concerns around the model.

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Securing equity and excellence in commissioning specialised services

By NHS Commissioning Board (2012)

This operating model sets out how a single, national system will ensure patients are offered consistent, high quality services across the country. Alongside the specialised intentions document, it signposts a clear move away from regional commissioning to a single national approach to both commissioning and contracting.

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‘It should be the most natural thing in the world’: exploring first-time mothers’ breastfeeding difficulties in the UK

Williamson, I. et al. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 2012; 8(4): 434-437

In this paper, we use interpretative phenomenological analysis to explore the experiences of eight British first-time mothers who struggled with breastfeeding in the early post-partum period. Participants kept audio-diary accounts of their infant feeding experiences across a 7-day period immediately following the birth of their infant and took part in related semi-structured interviews a few days after completion of the diary. The overarching theme identified was of a tension between the participants’ lived, embodied experience of struggling to breastfeed and the cultural construction of breastfeeding as ‘natural’ and trouble-free. Participants reported particular difficulties interpreting the pain they experienced during feeds and their emerging maternal identities were threatened, often fluctuating considerably from feed to feed. We discuss some of the implications for breastfeeding promotion and argue for greater awareness and understanding of breastfeeding difficulties so that breastfeeding women are less likely to interpret these as a personal shortcoming in a manner which disempowers them. We also advocate the need to address proximal and distal influences around the breastfeeding dyad and, in particular, to consider the broader cultural context in the UK where breastfeeding is routinely promoted yet often constructed as a shameful act if performed in the public arena.

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