Public health minister Yvette Cooper has told the annual Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association conference that a rise in child obesity could wipe out recent increases in life expectancy 'in a generation'.

The number of formal admissions to NHS hospitals under the Mental Health Act rose from 16,300 in 1989-90 to 26,700 last year.

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Junior health minister Lord Hunt has launched a consultation exercise on establishing a national hip and knee-joint replacement registry to monitor the performance of replacement joints and how well individual hospitals perform.

The Stationery Office has published a guide to the Human Rights Act for health professionals, including the full text of the act.

The 1998 Human Rights Act Explained. The Green Party has won support from the Greater London Assembly for a motion expressing concern about the abolition of community health councils and doubt that the government's proposals for new bodies would be as effective.

Stars from the TV programmes Coronation Street and Always and Everyone have helped the Department of Health launch a website to encourage more people to become organ donors. The site includes a registration form and downloadable organ donor card. Roger Browning, chief executive of Dorset Healthcare trust, was incorrectly referred to as Robert Browning (HSJ, page 34, 5 October).