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Vaccinations for 12 to 15 year-olds – a case of consent and its wider implications

Last week the Health Secretary accepted the decision of the UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to start the vaccination roll-out for people aged 12-15 years old in Scotland. Beginning on Monday, 20th of September, the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be offered to young people. Jabs will be given in drop-in clinics and […]

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Should parents be informed of their child’s welfare at university?

Parents have a right to know whether their children are suffering. From mental health issues to difficult relationships, from glandular fever to ludicrous flatmates – parents have a right to be informed and to support. However, they need to be able to step away and to take the back seat at times. University is a […]

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Unpackaging going home for the holidays

In the coming weeks more than a million undergraduate students across the UK will ditch the Arctic cold of their HMO flats and head to a place where the heating is allowed on for more than four hours of the day; a place where the final instalments of Blue Planet can be watched on something […]

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Children with depressed parents more likely to be fussy eaters

Image: nvainio (Flickr) It is well accepted that a parent’s eating habits can profoundly affect those of their children. However, new research would suggest that an adult’s mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety, can adversely affect their child’s attitude to food. ‘Fussy’ eating is identified as a selective, but consistent, rejection of certain food […]

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Parents in pyjamas set a bad example

Primary School headteacher Kate Chisholm came under fire last week for sending a letter to parents asking that they get dressed to bring their children to school. Chisholm had noticed an increasing number of parents turning up at the school gates both in the mornings and at the end of the day, and some even […]