There is still more work to do to encourage women in Scotland to improve their health before they become pregnant, a major report on maternal and infant nutrition has indicated.
A “normal” intake of vitamin D can reduce the risk of death substantially in people with cardiovascular disease, a Norwegian study has suggested.
Providing vitamin D to older people does not help prevent osteoporosis in general but may help strengthen bones in those with a serious vitamin D deficiency, suggest a new study.
Babies introduced to solid foods early have been found to sleep longer, wake less frequently at night and suffer fewer serious sleep problems than those exclusively breastfed for the first six months.
Letting babies feed themselves solid foods from as young as six months does not increase the risk of them choking compared to spoon-feeding them, according to UK researchers.
The Royal College of Nursing has called on trusts to allow nurses to take water bottles onto the wards during the current heatwave, in order to avoid dehydration.
Nursing staff in care homes and other community settings should be trained to screen for malnutrition among older people, according to a cross-party group of MPs.
Hospital trusts will face losing funding if they fail to remove super-size chocolate bars and “grab bags” of sugary snacks from shelves in latest moves by NHS leaders to fight obesity and diabetes.
Former foreign secretary David Miliband has called for a more joined up way of tackling child malnutrition around the world, with a greater use of community health workers as well.
A diet rich in vegetables and fish is associated with a lower risk of a woman developing high blood pressure and the related condition of pre-eclampsia, during pregnancy, suggest researchers.