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The week at PHE: online highlights, week beginning 15 June 2015

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We’re pleased to bring you our round-up highlighting some of PHE’s online activity from the past week. Here’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed including:

World Meat Free Day
The 15th June was World Meat Free Day (#WorldMeatFreeDay) and we used this as an opportunity to ask whether people knew that eating a healthier diet could also lead to a healthier planet. PHE’s Alison Tedstone blogged to explain the difference cutting down on red and processed meats can make.


Child Health Profiles
This week we published new Child Health Profiles for every local authority in England. They provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing using key health indicators, which enable comparison locally, regionally and nationally.

Health and Justice annual report
Figures from the report revealed that hepatitis B and C cases accounted for 1,174 of 1,268 infectious diseases reported in English prisons during 2014.

Diabetes Week
This week was Diabetes Week (#DiabetesWeek). We used the opportunity to mention our recently launched national programme to tackle Type 2 diabetes, working with NHS England and Diabetes UK.

Ebola study
A new study has found that the Ebola virus mutated slower than first thought. A team of scientists led from PHE analysed 179 patient samples obtained from the epicentre of the outbreak in Guinea to reveal how the Ebola virus mutated and spread.

ebola detectives

Recent drinking trends, across the population and among young people in particular, have shown that we are drinking less frequently compared with a decade ago. But we can’t be complacent. PHE’s Rosanna O’Connor discussed the issues this week in a new blog.

Smoking in pregnancy
Health and Social Care Information Centre figures published on June 18 showed that the rates were the lowest ever, but there is more to do to address regional and social variations.

Men’s Health Week
We used Men’s Health Week (#MHW15) to flag some key messages on themes like wellbeing, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, alcohol and obesity/overweight.


Learning disabilities
It was Learning Disability Week this week (#LDWeek15). We published the Joint Health & Social Care Self-Assessment Framework which provides insights into local learning disabilities services and some factsheets (easy read) which talk about epilepsy and learning disabilities.

NHS Health Check
Read a new blog from PHE's @JamieWaterall. He updated on the programme's progress and invited further debate as it develops.

Bike Week
This week was Bike Week (#BikeWeek) and PHE's @DrJV75 used the awareness campaign to explain how cycling can be a key way of getting everybody active every day.

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