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Smoking in pregnancy briefing paper published

Our briefing paper on smoking in pregnancy has been updated. Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage, low birth weight, and poor growth and development of the baby, which can lead to ill-health during childhood and ...

Infant mortality briefing paper published

Infant mortality is defined as death before the child reaches the age of one year. Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths under one year of age occurring among the live births in a given geographical area during a given year, per 1,000 live ...

Substance misuse – Drugs briefing paper published

Our briefing paper on Substance misuse – Drugs has been updated. Substance misuse is defined as regular excessive consumption of, and/or dependence on, psychoactive substances, leading to social, psychological, physical or legal problems. It ...

Homelessness briefing paper published

Housing and health are linked and those who are homeless are more likely to have physical and mental health issues, including depression, misuse of drugs and alcohol, than the general population. They are also less likely to receive primary health ...

Domestic abuse briefing paper published

Domestic abuse presents a public health concern due to the long-term health and wellbeing consequences for the victims or survivors and children who witness it. Domestic abuse also has societal costs, such as costs to economic productivity, impacts ...
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