Public Health Evidence Bulletin

14th February 2020, no. 284

Infectious disease

Daily updates on the new coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan, China, are available on the government web pages.  Wider information on this topic is reported on the Public Health England library services website.

A downloadable Health Protection Profile for local authorities (not including the City of London) has been added to the Public Health England fingertips web portals.  Information on infectious disease in Hackney and the City is also reported in the JSNA.



A report produced for the Department of Transport discusses the relationship between transport access and life opportunities - including employment, access to services, and social participation.

The wider relationship between transport and health in Hackney and the City is discussed in the JSNA.


Sexual health

Research published by the British Board for Film Classification describes the viewing of pornography by children in the UK.  It also suggests that there is strong public support for the introduction of age verification controls.

A new analysis of data from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles suggests that women’s sexual health is subjectively worse overall than men’s, and identifies different risk groups.

A video abstract outlines new research into the sexual health of people entering new relationships between the ages of 40-59.

New figures, reported in the Guardian, show that large numbers of condoms without appropriate safety markings have recently been seized in the UK.


The built environment

The GLA has launched a report considering how design of the built environment can increase opportunities for children and young people, as part of its work to make London a child friendly city. The report cites several examples from Hackney and the City of London.


Asylum and immigration

An independent website displays comparative data concerning asylum and immigration issues, and a timeline of policy developments.    

A local Migrant Health Needs Assessment was published in 2018.


End of life care

A study conducted in Barking & Dagenham uses linked health and care records to estimate the planned and unplanned care costs for people receiving end of life care.  It makes recommendations to improve services.


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