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Skin self-examination (SSE) is promoted widely so that individuals will become familiar with their skin and be better able to identify suspicious changes earlier. However, individuals can also become familiar with their skin other than through purposeful SSE. In this article, we develop a measure...
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The Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) in the UK invited submissions to a consultation on food and soft drink advertising to children via non-broadcast media. IPH welcomes this consideration of tougher restrictions on the advertising of products high in fat, sugar or salt (HFSS) to children in...
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IPH submitted views on the Diabetes Strategic Framework Consultation in Northern Ireland in May 2016. In Northern Ireland there are 85,000 adults aged 17 and over living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It is estimated that approximately 90% of these are living with Type 2 diabetes which is mainly...
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In the Republic of Ireland a new Junior Cycle curriculum is under development. This includes a new Wellbeing component. This consultation sought feedback on the Draft Guidelines for Wellbeing in the Junior Cycle. The draft guidelines propose how schools can deliver the Wellbeing component through a...
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The Infant Mental Health Framework and Action Plan represents a committment to improve interventions from the ante-natal period through to children aged 3. The Public Health Agency consulted on this document this year and responses were received by 29 May 2015. The IPH response highlighted the...
The Health Behaviours in School Children (HBSC) survey 2014 shows that overall health levels are good. There are encouraging findings on consumption of fruit and vegetables, teeth cleaning, and a drop in smoking levels and consumption of sweets and soft drinks.  However, many children said they...
Irish maternity services are good and compare well with those in other countries in terms of safety and patient outcomes. Much has been done to improve services in recent years. We have more consultant obstetricians and staff midwives than ever before and there has been considerable investment in...
DHSSPS has carried out a review of policy on maternity service provision in Northern Ireland. The review focused on the best available evidence for the care and treatment of mothers-to-be; quality, safety and service sustainability; wider workforce issues; and professional roles and...
This report is the sixth in a series of annual reports which use National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to examine changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) that have taken place since 2006/07. It explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as...

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