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University and health trusts collaborating to accelerate genomic testing

Academics and clinicians across Devon and Cornwall are collaborating and innovating to improve testing capacity for COVID-19.

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University donates PPE to frontline COVID-19 workers in Exeter and Truro

Academics and technical staff at the University of Exeter have united to send thousands of items of protective equipment to the frontline

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Medicine students graduate early to help on COVID-19 frontline

Medicine and Medical Imaging students from the University of Exeter Medical School have opted to graduate early. 

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Medical student inspired to write children’s book to explain coronavirus

A medicine student at the University of Exeter has created cute characters and a rhyming story to explain covid-19 to children.

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Exeter genomics scientists to battle spread of coronavirus

Scientists and clinicians in Exeter are part of a £20 million investment to unlock the secrets of COVID-19.

 

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Funding appeal launched for potential Covid-19 test

A funding appeal has been launched to help fast-track the development of a “pocket laboratory” that carries out quick, accurate and cost-effective blood tests that could revolutionise how health professionals track, trace and monitor the spread of the coronavirus Covid-19.

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Medical student wins highly competitive scholarship to intern with top Medical Journal

A medical student has won a highly competitive scholarship to intern with BMJ, going through an intense selection process to achieve the funding.   

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Type 1 diabetes is not one but two distinct conditions, defined by diagnosis age

Children who are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under the age of seven have a different form (or “endotype”) of the condition compared with those diagnosed aged 13 or above, new research has shown.

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Truro medical students to deliver hand-made teddies to children in Ethiopia

Medical students are heading by bear-o-plane to Ethiopia to volunteer in a new Maternity unit in Ethiopia, whilst delivering teddy bears to local children.

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Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older adults

International blood pressure guidelines may require review, according to new research that found a link between low blood pressure and higher mortality rates. 

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£73,000 funding to drive forward dementia diagnosis technology

A dementia diagnosis software system developed at the University of Exeter has received three grants totalling £73,000. 

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Students in 24-hour row to prep for Atlantic record bid and female athlete research project

Two Exeter doctors will row for 24 hours in the first phase of preparation for an epic 3,000 mile world record bid across the Atlantic. 

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Three new prestigious NIHR Senior Investigator awards for Exeter academics

Three health researchers at the University of Exeter have been recognised as among the most prominent and prestigious in the country to be funded by the Government health research arm, NIHR.

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Drug shows promise in reducing deadly brain swelling after stroke

Cases of potentially deadly brain damage as a result of stroke could be reduced after new research identified a pathway in the brain that causes swelling, and which responds to an innovative treatment.

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Award winning anaesthesia innovation reduces cost and carbon footprint

An award winning innovation being used in theatres at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is saving money and helping to save the planet.

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Sugar levy had no lasting negative impacts on the UK soft drinks industry

Leading UK soft drinks companies continued to experience positive growth in their share prices, despite widespread industry fears the tax would harm their businesses, researchers have found.

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Art created by people living with dementia displayed in Exeter

Banners created by people living with dementia who worked with a trio of well-known artists will be on display in Exeter until the end of March.

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World-leading plastics research team collect Queen’s Anniversary prize

Prince Charles has awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education to a team at the University of Exeter.

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Clinical Education student published in medical journal

A Clinical Education master’s student has had work published in an online medical journal.

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Exeter launches Master in Public Health to develop future global leaders

A new Master in Public Health programme is launching at the University of Exeter, to nurture future global leaders with skills around complexity, leadership and decision-making.

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£152,000 grant to investigate brain processes linked to diabetes

A grant of £152,000 will allow researchers to investigate how manipulating specific brain cells can impact the body’s response to changes in blood sugar levels, which may help uncover the processes involved in diabetes.

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Stress in small children separated from their parents may alter genes

Experts in the emotional needs of small children say increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in babies and small children who are separated from their parents could have a long-term genetic impact.

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Sugar levels in UK soft drinks lowered following government levy

The government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy has resulted in soft drinks manufacturers lowering sugar levels in their drinks

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University of Exeter wins £4 million extension for health and housing project

The University of Exeter has announced that it has been awarded £4 million in further funding to continue with a project researching technology, health and housing in Cornwall.

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Build-up of brain proteins affects genes in Alzheimer’s disease

New research has shed fresh light on how the build-up of two proteins in the brain might affect the activity of genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

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First radiography degree apprenticeship launched in Exeter

The first degree apprenticeship in the UK for diagnostic radiography has been approved and will launch this March.

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Exeter in global initiative to use wearables to revolutionise dementia detection

The University of Exeter is part of a global initiative to revolutionise the early detection of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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Testosterone levels affect risk of metabolic disease and cancers

Having genetically higher testosterone levels increases the risk of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes in women, while reducing the risk in men. Higher testosterone levels also increase the risks of breast and endometrial cancers in women, and prostate cancer in men.

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£1.2 million USA grant to investigate psychosis in Alzheimer’s disease

Funding expected to total £1.2 million ($1,566,874) over four years from the USA’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help Exeter academics advance understanding about the underlying biological mechanisms leading to some people with Alzheimer’s disease developing psychosis.

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First radiography degree apprenticeship launched in Exeter

The first degree apprenticeship in the UK for diagnostic radiography has been approved and will launch this March.

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Genetics professor in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A University of Exeter genetics researcher has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

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Shortness of breath and cough increase as first symptom of lung cancer

GPs are being urged to consider shortness of breath and cough as potential predictors of lung cancer, after a study found they were becoming more common as the first symptom in diagnosis.

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Offering hope to Amish families affected by genetic disorders

A landmark translational research project called the Windows of Hope project, led by researchers from the University of Exeter, has defined more than 150 different genetic disorders in North American Anabaptist (Amish/Mennonite) communities.

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Poor mental health “both cause and effect” of school exclusion

Children with mental health needs require urgent support from primary school onwards to avoid exclusion, which can be both cause and effect of poor mental health, new research concludes.

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Medicine co-director in top 100 inspirational women in healthcare leadership

A cancer researcher who heads up the medicine programme has been recognised in the top 100 inspirational women in healthcare.

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Reconnecting with nature key for sustainability

People who live in more built up areas and spend less free-time in nature are also less likely to take actions that benefit the environment, such as recycling, buying eco-friendly products, and environmental volunteering.

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MBE for inspiring Exeter professor dedicated to improving patient care

An active GP and professor of general practice and primary care at the University of Exeter Medical School has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year’s 2020 Honours List.

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Hospital action to reduce length of ward stay can be effective

Hospital-led efforts to reduce the amount of time older people spend on wards before being allowed home can be effective, reducing length of stay in hospital by more than three days in some areas.

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Researcher wins award for pet therapy board game aimed at care home staff

A researcher has won an award for a quirky approach to sharing knowledge on the benefits and challenges of pet therapy in care homes.

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Motor neurone disease linked to cholesterol imbalance in cells

Scientists have developed a new theory on the underlying cause of motor neurone disease, which could lead to more accurate diagnosis for patients and new treatments.

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Two Exeter papers in top 100 for global attention

Two academic papers from Exeter have made the top 100 most-discussed papers in the world this year.

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USA Alzheimer’s research charity founder awarded honorary degree

A physician and scientist who founded both a national Alzheimer’s research non-profit in the USA and one of the country’s first Alzheimer’s disease clinics has received an honorary degree from the University of Exeter.

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Top medical journal editor awarded honorary degree

The editor of the Lancet Neurology, the world’s leading publication in clinical neurology and brain health, has been awarded an honorary degree at the University of Exeter.

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PenARC researcher wins prestigious £200,000 Fellowship

A University of Exeter healthcare researcher has secured a prestigious £200,000 Post-Doctoral fellowship after a highly competitive selection process.

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£1.25 million boost puts Exeter at cutting-edge of genomics

A new, state-of-the-art genome sequencing platform will put Exeter on the cutting edge of research into the genomic basis of health and disease.

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Newly appointed Mireille Gillings Fellows will develop future women leaders in health science

The University of Exeter has appointed three Mireille Gillings Professorial Fellows in Health Innovation.

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Free online genomic medicine and research course

A new free online course led by the University of Exeter describes translational genomic studies in Amish families affected by genetic conditions, to define the benefits of community genetics as a field of medicine.

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Exeter research centre named key collaborator by World Health Organisation

The University of Exeter’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health has been designated as a Collaborating Centre by the World Health Organization.

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University of Exeter’s world-leading plastics research wins Queen’s Anniversary Prize

The University of Exeter has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for the pivotal role it has played to expose the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife.

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University experts feature in prestigious ranking of world’s most influential scientists

Leading climate, environment and health academics from the University of Exeter have been recognised as being amongst the world’s most influential researchers, according to a prestigious new ranking.

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Attomarker technology being showcased at London Science Museum

Attomarker, a pioneering spin-out company based at the University of Exeter, is featured in an exhibition at the Science Museum in London.

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Animal Free Research Centre of Excellence launched at Exeter

Animal Free Research UK has recognised a researcher at the University of Exeter as among the best in the country in developing and training researchers in an alternative approach to using animals in laboratory research.

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Leading professors join Exeter’s ground-breaking diabetes research team

Two world-leading professors are joining the University of Exeter Medical School as part of a £6 million expansion in diabetes research.

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Prestigious diabetes fellowship awarded to outstanding female scientist

A rising research star at the University of Exeter Medical School has been awarded the illustrious Diabetes UK RD Lawrence Fellowship.

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Countries and cities show significant response to climate change, report suggests

According to the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, which includes the University of Exeter, countries and cities are responding to the growing threat that global warming poses.

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Lung disease expert to join Exeter fungal centre

A leading expert on how fungal diseases affect human lungs will join the University of Exeter next year.

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Alzheimer’s amyloid build-up affects certain parts of brain cells more than others in mice.

A protein that is linked with Alzheimer’s Disease has been found to be more likely to affect certain parts of brain cells that send messages than other parts of the cells.

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Experts unite to improve dementia research

Data scientists, artificial intelligence experts and clinicians are among a range of professionals invited to join a new national network to find innovative ways of conducting dementia research and care.

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DE-STRESS Project shortlisted for Mind Media Award

A series of items about antidepressant use on Radio 4s PM programme featuring a collaborative project between the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, has been shortlisted for an award at the Mind Mental Health awards

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Pioneering new ‘smart needle’ could revolutionise cancer diagnosis

Scientists have developed a pioneering new technique that can detect and diagnose one of the most common types of cancer within seconds - using light.

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The University of Exeter to host summer medical school

The University of Exeter will welcome young people from underrepresented backgrounds wishing to pursue a career as a doctor to the second MSC Summer School, funded by Health Education England.

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£2.2 million collaboration to enhance quality of life in care homes

The University of Exeter is collaborating in a £2.2 million project to improve how researchers and health and social care services can use data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.

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Construction begins on £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre

Work is now under way to construct a cutting-edge new imaging centre expected to rapidly accelerate dementia research and improve healthcare.

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Social prescribing – who does it work for and why?

In a time when people are living longer, but with more complex healthcare needs, GPs are increasingly using social prescribing to help manage conditions.

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Coveted awards recognise Exeter’s commitment to gender equality

Prestigious Athena SWAN awards have just been granted to two University of Exeter departments to recognise their commitment to gender equality.

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New international project will investigate hidden costs of floods communities

The University of Exeter will lead an international project to investigate the hidden impact of adaptation measures designed to protect flood-prone communities worldwide.

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Crohn’s disease study identifies genetic variant with potential to personalise treatment

The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly–used group of drugs fails some patients with Crohn’s disease has identified a genetic marker which could individualise drug treatment.

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University gains £1.2 million funding to battle Anti-Microbial Resistance

The University of Exeter has received a substantial £1.2 million of funding to further understanding into antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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College of Medicine and Health Awards Celebrate Student and Staff Success

The University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health celebrated student and academic staff successes across the college at an award ceremony in Cornwall.

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Domestic violence and abuse: how NIHR research is helping families in the South West

Research shows that only half of children affected by domestic violence and abuse are known to social services and only 42 per cent receive support from a specialist abuse service.

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New research finds coastal living linked with better mental health

Living close to the sea could support better mental health in England’s poorest urban communities, finds a new study published today in the journal Health and Place.

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Leading dementia research charity funds vital equipment at the University of Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK has committed nearly £30,000 to support pioneering dementia research at the University of Exeter.

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New calculator will help clinicians diagnose diabetes more accurately

A new calculator developed by the University of Exeter will help clinicians classify whether a patient has type 1 or type 2 diabetes, ensuring they get the best treatment and reducing complications.

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First nurses embark on pioneering new Exeter programme

The first intake of nurses today (Monday September 23) embark on a ground-breaking new pre-registration Masters programme at the University of Exeter.

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Spotlight shines on “invisible” family carers though poignant public art display

A poignant public art display will shine the spotlight on the pivotal, yet often unseen, role played by family carers across both Devon and the wider UK.

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Parental involvement plays key role in children’s academic attainment, research shows

New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child’s academic attainment – regardless of age or socio-economic status.

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Scanning the lens of the eye could predict type 2 diabetes and prediabetes

New research shows that specialist measuring of the lens in the eye can predict patients with type 2 diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) (also known as prediabetes, a condition that often leads to full blown type 2 diabetes).

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Survey launches to improve continence in children with disabilities

A survey for parents, carers, and health professionals has launched to assess how the NHS manages continence for children with disabilities or special educational needs.

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Pioneering Exeter dementia research nominated for higher education “Oscars”

A pioneering research project to improve lives for people with dementia in care homes has been nominated for a prestigious award.

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Young Researcher Award for diabetes and pregnancy specialist

An academic specialising in diabetes and pregnancy has been recognised with an international award.

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Genetics Society awards for two Exeter Academics

Two academics at the University of Exeter are set to receive prestigious awards from the Genetics Society.

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Snack tax may be more effective than a sugary drink tax to tackle obesity

Research involving the University of Exeter Medical School finds that the effect of taxing high sugar snacks is double that seen for a similar price increase on sugar sweetened drinks.

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Genetic factors influencing adult obesity take effect in early childhood

Body mass index (BMI) in infants, children and adults is influenced by different genetic factors that change as we age, according to a major new study.

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The Argument for Sexual Selection in Bacteria

Sexual selection can sometimes explain phenomena that natural selection alone cannot, and some bacteria could also exhibit sexual selection, researchers at the University of Exeter argue.

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Major fungal research centre moves to Exeter

A top research centre focussed on tackling fungal diseases has relocated to the University of Exeter.

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Tickets available for free, family-friendly weekend event in Bude

A spectacular weekend of sound, light, music and art will bring together regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.

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Babies’ own genes influence when they are born

Large genetic study involving data from Exeter mothers and babies reveals new insights into pregnancy duration and the timing of delivery.

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Astronaut joins Exeter as Professor

An expert in space medicine will be joining the University of Exeter as an Honorary Professor.

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Art and science unite to explore how coastlines impact our mental health

Two specially curated weekends of sound, light, music and art will unite local communities, regional and international artists to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.

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'How-to' guide launched to speed up spread of ‘game-changing’ stroke treatment

An Exeter academic has been involved in the launch of a how-to guide to help accelerate the use of ‘game-changing’ emergency treatment for acute stroke.

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Analysis reveals economic cost of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are ‘tip of the iceberg’

A new research review highlighting the hidden costs of dementia suggests that traditional measures only show the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of the cost impact on society.

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National Award for Dementia PhD student

Rising Star Catherine Talbot has been awarded for her research into how Twitter can help people with dementia.

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Oarsome double record Atlantic rowing challenge for Medical Imaging Graduate

A medical imaging student is attempting to become a double world record breaker in a rowing challenge with her mother who has a hearing impairment.

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Dream come true for Medicine Student graduate without A-Levels

After leaving school after his GCSEs, a career in Medicine was far from one University of Exeter Medical School student’s expectations.

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Apathy: The forgotten symptom of dementia

Apathy is the most common neuropsychiatric symptom of dementia, with a bigger impact on function than memory loss – yet it is under-researched and often forgotten in care.

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Wearing hearing aid may help protect brain in later life

A new study has concluded that people who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not.

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Exeter nurse chosen to be part of prestigious new national research leadership programme

An Exeter academic has been selected to become part of a brand new nurse and midwife research initiative.

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Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia

Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research.

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Exeter researcher scoops award at international dementia conference

An Exeter researcher has won an award at an international Alzheimer’s conference, in recognition of his work in contributing to possible new treatments for symptoms of neurodegenerative disease.

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£9 Million Boost to South West Health Research

A partnership that carries out health research in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, with direct benefits to patients’ health and NHS care delivery, has secured a further £9m in funding for the next five years.

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Researcher prize and $200,000 for worm research that could help treat rare genetic child diseases

A prehistoric gas and tiny microscopic worms are part of a bid to find new treatments for a group of rare genetic children’s diseases, thanks to a $200,000 award from US charity The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

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Standing frame intervention improves life for people with MS, research shows

A new study has shown that people in the advanced stage of multiple sclerosis (MS) experience significant improvements in movement and balance thanks to a specialised standing frame.

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£10 million funding for pioneering new Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste announced

A £10.5 million investment will fund a pioneering new collaborative research centre, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time.

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Students tackle infectious diseases and extreme heat at Glastonbury Festival

Staff and students from the University of Exeter Medical School treated nearly 5,000 patients at Glastonbury Festival, including a case of mumps.

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Study Provides Insights into Depression in People with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Depression is common in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the actual causes of depression in this group are unknown.

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Astronomers help wage war on cancer

Techniques developed by astronomers could help in the fight against breast and skin cancer.

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High quality genomics Masters now available online

Health professionals across the world can now register for the first certified online-only genomics programme in which students do not need to visit the university.

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Health Data Research UK to fund Exeter Masters programme in health data science

A newly funded Masters programme at the University of Exeter will equip health professionals with the skills to use big data in the NHS.

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Volcanoes, nanoparticles and wireless chargers: women in science showcase research in town centre

The public is invited to see women in science present their research in Princesshay on Saturday June 29.

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Significant UK air quality improvements over past 40 years cut death rates

Policies to improve air quality in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in pollution and associated mortality rates, a new study has found.

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University of Exeter to host primary care conference

Latest research in general practice in frontline care will be showcased in the 48th annual Society for Academic Primary Care (SAPC) Conference arrives at the University of Exeter.

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£6 million award to expand diabetes research excellence at Exeter

A £6 million Government award will enable Exeter’s globally-renowned diabetes research to expand to the next level, enabling even more benefit to patient care.

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GPs should not use inflammatory marker tests to rule out serious conditions, finds study

Blood tests that detect inflammation, known as inflammatory marker tests, are not sensitive enough to rule out serious underlying conditions.

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Two hours a week is key dose of nature for health and wellbeing

Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study.

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Eight Exeter diabetes discoveries

Our world-leading diabetes research is underpinned by our expertise in genomics and cutting-edge innovation in technology.

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Video GP surgeries could curb need for face-to-face visits

Patients consulting their doctor by video link could reduce the need for GP visits but it is not suitable for everyone, a pilot study has found.

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Team England surfs up for Medical School project manager

Team England have come calling for Doctor Claire Eatock from the University of Exeter Medical School to represent her country in the World Surf Kayak Championships.

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Undergraduate success at European Immunology Congress

A University of Exeter Medical School undergraduate’s poster has been celebrated at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) Congress in Lisbon.

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Student Employee of the Year award for Medical Sciences student

A Medical Sciences student at the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious award at the annual Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) awards.

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CBE for expert working to transform schools and children’s mental health services

An expert working to improve the mental health of children has been awarded CBE for her role in helping to transform health services and schools in the UK.

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Medical Imaging rise to 4th place in Guardian rankings

Medical Imaging rises to 4th place in Guardian rankings

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First ever University of Exeter Student accepted into Society Council

Medical Imaging student Rupert Maclaren is the first ever University of Exeter student elected onto the Society of Radiographers UK Council as Student Observer.

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Undergraduate Conference wins Event of the Year award

The Undergraduate Student Conference has won the Event of the Year award, during the University of Exeter Students’ Guild Awards 2019.

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Fishing among worst jobs for health

People working in the fishing industry have among the poorest health of all workers in England and Wales, new research suggests.

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Medical School lands in UK top 10 in Complete University Guide

The University of Exeter Medical School has entered the top 10 Universities for Medicine of 34 in the UK, in the influential Complete University Guide.

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University of Exeter sponsors EDGE awards

The University of Exeter is to be a major sponsor of one of Cornwall’s leading awards for digital innovation.

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A £300,000 boost for research into an iron overload genetic condition

New funding will help researchers unlock questions about the common genetic iron overload condition, haemochromatosis.

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Bumper Student Award Ceremony for Medical School

Medical Sciences Students at the University of Exeter Medical School shone bright in the Exeter Student Engagement Recognition Awards.

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CBT could benefit mental health of children with long term conditions

The mental health of children and young people with some long term physical conditions could benefit from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), according to a recent study from the University of Exeter Medical School.

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Medical students launch cancer support book alongside charity

A local cancer support charity project, founded by University of Exeter Medical School students, is launching a book to promote open conversation about cancer.

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GPs report large numbers of patients suffering mental health issues linked to poverty

GPs in some surgeries estimate that up to half of their patients are seeking help for mental health issues caused or exacerbated by poverty, according to a new study.

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Research reveals insulin-producing beta cells may change function in diabetes

A revolutionary new study using only materials derived from humans has revealed that insulin-producing beta cells can change their function in diabetes – and that this change may be reversible.

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Undergraduate students join leading Japanese Neuroscience teams

Three undergraduate students from the University of Exeter Medical School have been working with world-leading centres for neuroscience research, based in Tokyo.

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Research shows carers’ experience can influence how well a person lives with dementia

New research has identified how a carer’s experience can impact on the ability of a person with dementia to ‘live well’ with the condition.

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Scientists alone can’t solve the antibiotic resistance crisis – we need economists too

Richard Smith, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor and Professor of Health Economics at the University of Exeter, writes for the Conversation UK

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Policy makers must attend to menstrual stigma to improve wellbeing, study finds

Researchers have found that addressing attitudes to menstruation may be necessary to improve well-being in low and middle-income countries, far more than simply better access to sanitary products.

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World-leading Exeter diabetes Professor named among Nation’s Lifesavers

World-renowned diabetes researcher Professor Andrew Hattersley has been named as one of ‘The Nation’s Lifesavers’ in the Made@Uni campaign.

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Regular crosswords and number puzzles linked to sharper brain in later life

Older adults who regularly take part in word and number puzzles have sharper brains, according to the largest online study to date.

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Medical research at Exeter hits world top 20

The University of Exeter has entered the world top 20 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, rising 12 places in an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.

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Teddy bears to show importance of clinical trials to families

If you go down to Princesshay, you’ll be in for a big surprise. Bring your teddy bears along, all shapes and styles, and learn about clinical trials.

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Green light for pioneering new Nursing programme

The University of Exeter’s pioneering new Nursing programme has received official approval from the Nursing and Midwifery council.

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Leaders in machine learning and dementia research gather in Exeter

Experts in machine learning and dementia research convening at the University of Exeter identified that machine learning can be used to predict incorrect initial diagnoses.

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‘Robopets’ can benefit health and wellbeing of older care home residents

Robotic pets that respond to human interaction can benefit the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes, a study from the University of Exeter Medical School has found.

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Cancer risk tools underused in general practice, research shows

Potentially life-saving cancer risk assessment tools are being widely underused by general practices across the UK, according to new research.

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Medical School academic wins award for Research Inspired Teaching

A Senior Lecturer has won the University of Exeter Teaching Award following her nomination by students.

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Science on tap: Pint of Science Festival comes to Exeter this May

Leading experts in science from the University of Exeter will bring their research from the lab to the pub for the UK’s largest festival of public science talks.

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How both mother and baby genes affect birth weight

The largest study of its kind has led to new insights into the complex relationships surrounding how mothers’ and babies’ genes influence birth weight.

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A third of type one diabetes is misdiagnosed in the over 30s

More than a third of people over the age of 30 who are initially diagnosed with type 2 diabetes actually have type 1, meaning they are not receiving the right treatment, new research has revealed.

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Simple clinical features can help personalise type 2 diabetes treatment

A new study from the University of Exeter Medical School has shown that a person’s characteristics such as weight and age at diabetes diagnosis provide a simple way to select the diabetes drug that is likely to be best for them.

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World’s largest gathering for people with no ‘mind’s eye’ takes place in Exeter

The first ever conference for people with Aphantasia – no visual imagination – took place in Exeter, and is the largest known gathering of people who experience the phenomenon.

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Rare genetic change provides clues to pancreas development

Researchers have discovered a key clue into the development of the pancreas and brain by studying rare patients born without a pancreas.

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Artist collaboration creates banner to showcase allotment experiences of dementia

A banner created by people with dementia working with a trio of well-known artists has been unfurled at a special ceremony in Exeter this month.

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Research informs best outcomes on type 2 diabetes treatment

New research updates guidance to clinicians on how best to treat patients with type 2 diabetes who do not respond to glucose-lowering medication.

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Identifying the grass pollen that gets up your nose

Scientists could be a step closer to providing more precise pollen forecasts to the 25% of the UK population who live with either asthma or hay fever.

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Research identifies genetic causes of poor sleep

The largest genetic study of its kind ever to use accelerometer data to examine how we slumber has uncovered a number of parts of our genetic code that could be responsible for causing poor sleep quality and duration.

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Economics Can Help Tackle the Global Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance

Applying the economics of climate change to antimicrobial resistance could help to avert the 10 million deaths that are predicted to occur by 2050 if urgent action isn’t taken, research involving the University of Exeter finds.

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How do sounds of nature make you feel? Take part in national study

A new national experiment gets underway today, aiming to shed light on how ‘listening to nature’ could boost wellbeing.

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Successful home-based heart rehabilitation programme rolled out

A new rehabilitation programme which helps heart failure patients achieve better quality of life from the comfort of their own homes will now be rolled out at four NHS centres across the UK.

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Exeter clinicians and researchers help shape proposals to improve stroke services in Northern Ireland

Pioneering work by a senior NHS clinician and a team of researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School, has been incorporated in proposals to improve stroke care for patients in Northern Ireland.

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Diabetes Research shortlisted for The Guardian ‘Research Impact Award’

Research to improve diagnosis and treatment of diabetes by The University of Exeter Medical School has been shortlisted for The Guardian Research Impact Award.

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Medical School head wins international award for brain research and leadership

The Executive Dean of the University of Exeter Medical School has won a prestigious international award recognising his outstanding research and leadership.

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Inspiring Exeter students present research at Parliament

Two student researchers have presented their work to MPs in a national undergraduate exhibition at the Houses of Parliament.

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Trial to answer dilemma of treating childhood epilepsy

One of the largest ever clinical trials in children with epilepsy, which aims to find out which treatment approach works best for children and their families, is launching today.

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RAMM hosts dementia-friendly museum tours

Exeter’s popular museum is opening its doors to people living with dementia, and their carers, in a series of bespoke dementia-friendly events.

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£762,000 Innovate UK award to commercialise world’s first anaesthetic recycling

The University of Exeter has partnered with a Westcountry-based medical equipment specialist to test a world first approach to recycling anaesthetics which are routinely used in operations.

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Family raises £5,000 for research into disease that killed much-loved father

A Devon family have raised £5,200 to support research at the University of Exeter Medical School and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E), to investigate the disease that killed a much-loved husband and father.

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Art exhibition and first conference of people with no ‘mind’s eye’

The first ever exhibition of paintings and works of art created by artists who have no “mind’s eye” will cast new light on the creative brain when it goes comes to Exeter in March.

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Exeter Medicine student establishes world-first International Social Prescribing Day

A Medicine student from the University of Exeter Medical School has organised the first ever International Social Prescribing Day.

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Hat-trick of Success at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference

Three academics from the University of Exeter Medical School were recognised for research excellence at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC).

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Professor Collects CBE from Buckingham Palace

A Professor who has helped make great strides in life-saving cancer diagnosis in the UK has collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace.

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Exeter diabetes expert recognised for positive patient impact

A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School has received an NHS award for improving health outcomes for patients.

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Brain Awareness Week will highlight everyday impact of neuroscience

The University of Exeter invites staff, students and members of the public to learn more about the human brain as part of Brain Awareness Week.

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School children use University labs to bring supervillain to justice

Pupils from schools across Devon, Dorset and Somerset will use scientific techniques commonly seen in TV crime dramas to help solve the mystery of who sabotaged Devon’s very own Bake Off.

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International research prize awarded to Exeter neuroscientist

A University of Exeter researcher has been awarded the Cavanagh Prize, selected as the top nominee from candidates across Europe.

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Exeter Scholars shortlisted for Whatuni award

Exeter Scholars, the University’s pioneering fair access programme, has been shortlisted in the prestigious Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

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Continued success for Exeter’s national student-led plastic surgery conference

Exeter Medicine students have had a second year of success with their highly acclaimed South West Plastic Surgery Conference.

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Largest-ever study identifies gene regions associated with sleep duration

A study has identified 76 new gene regions associated with sleep duration.

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Simple, cheap C-Peptide helps patients get the right diabetes diagnosis and treatment

A simple and inexpensive test to measure the body’s insulin levels is helping clinicians to determine what type of diabetes a patient has, meaning many people with diabetes can change treatment.

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Exeter academic to be first nurse to give prestigious lecture at Diabetes UK conference

An academic from the University of Exeter Medical School is the first nurse ever to be awarded the Arnold Bloom lecture, at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference.

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Exeter researcher nominated for Health Scientist of the Year

A world-leading diabetes specialist at the University of Exeter Medical School is one of only two nominated to receive the highly prestigious NHS Healthcare Scientist of the Year award.

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Child anxiety could be factor in school absences, research concludes

New research has concluded that anxiety can be a factor in poor school attendance among children and young people.

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Research changes GP guidelines on frailty in diabetes

New guidelines will help GPs get the best outcomes for older people with diabetes after they were changed to include specific advice around frailty.

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Crohn’s Disease study reveals huge potential for personalised treatment to help more patients

The largest study ever to look at why an expensive and commonly used group of drugs fails patients with Crohn’s disease has concluded that standardised drug doses are often too low.

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New continuity of care tracking method for GPs

New research has outlined a simple way to measure continuity of care for GPs, to benefit patients.

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New genetic test improves safety of Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatments

A genetic discovery will make treatment for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis safer, by identifying patients who are at risk of potentially deadly drug side effects.

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Research unravels genetics of insomnia and links to disease

A large-scale genomic study has identified which genes could be responsible for keeping you awake at night – which in turn could cause depression or heart disease.

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Blood clot discovery could pave way for treatment of blood diseases

Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, in a discovery which could one day lead to the development of better treatments that could help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia.

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University of Exeter Campaign reaches £50 million in donations

The University of Exeter’s fundraising campaign, ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ has exceeded £50 million of philanthropic donations, taking the total to nearly 84% of target with less than two years to go.

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Exeter academics inform national policy on two health crises

Two academics from the University of Exeter’s Medical School have been invited to speak at multiple conferences in the House of Commons to give evidence on the renewal of national health policies.

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Undergraduate Student publishes ground-breaking research paper in national journal

A fourth year Medicine student has published her research paper in a national academic journal.

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Student achievements celebrated in Undergraduate Conference

More than 200 students have attended the Undergraduate Student Conference which offered the opportunity to present unique research interests.

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Research sheds light on body clock and links to mental health and disease

A large-scale genomic analysis has revealed some of the inner workings of the body clock, shedding new light on how it links to mental health and disease.

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Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat, particularly when combined with other seemingly low-level symptoms.

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Exeter receives nearly £900,000 to fund dementia research

Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School have been awarded up to £900,000 to fund leading research into epigenetic causes of dementia.

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Big Lottery Fund supports Exeter health research

A support programme to help parents of disabled children stay healthy in mind and body has received a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the Big Lottery Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, to help it expand.

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Smartline project launches to help people live healthier lives

Ground breaking data which could help companies develop new ways of supporting people to live healthier and happier lives was officially launched at Heartlands today by Cornish based-research project Smartline.

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New risk score far more effective for diabetes diagnosis

A new way of screening babies and adults for future risk of type 1 diabetes will be much more effective at identifying the condition than current methods, new research has concluded.

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Common gene disorder causes serious “stealth” disease, but could be easily treated

The Western world’s most common genetic disorder causes far higher levels of serious disease and disability than previously thought, despite being easy to detect and treat.

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Technology Assessment team announces new lead

A renowned academic will join the University of Exeter to lead a research team that specialises in health technology assessment.

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Research instrumental in securing £8 million funding for new hospital mental health ward

Researchers who specialise in optimising health services worked with health trusts to produce evidence that secured £8 million in funding for a new mental health ward at Torbay Hospital.

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Placement students present work at prestigious neuroscience conference

Two placement year students have presented their work at a prominent international neuroscience conference.

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