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New resource launched to help people live as well as possible with dementia

The experience of thousands of people affected by dementia has fed into a new resource which aims to be a comprehensive guide to supporting people to live as well as possible with the condition.

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Poor sleep linked to feeling older and worse outlook on ageing, which can impact health

Poor sleep in the over 50s is linked to more negative perceptions of ageing, which in turn can impact physical, mental and cognitive health, new research has revealed.

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£2 million US government funding may provide new treatment for rare genetic disease

£2 million from the US government will fund ground-breaking research to find new treatments for a rare childhood condition.

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New study identifies thousands of novel brain-expressed gene isoforms

New research has shed light on the complexity of gene expression in the brain by characterizing the extent of isoform diversity in the cortex.

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Exeter academics on list of top researchers

Twenty-two University of Exeter academics have been named on an annual list of highly cited researchers.

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Climate change policy decision-making tool “highly commended” in COP26 Climate Challenge Cup

A simple tool to help organisations use the latest evidence to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit human health has been highly commended in the  international Climate Challenge Cup

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Arm and shoulder disability and pain after breast cancer surgery reduced by exercise

Physiotherapy can reduce the debilitating arm and shoulder disability and pain that some women experience after breast cancer surgery, research shows.

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Whole genome sequencing improves diagnosis of rare diseases and shortens diagnostic journeys for patients

A world-first scientific studyhas shown that whole genome sequencing (WGS) can uncover new diagnoses for people with rare diseases and benefit the NHS. 

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Transforming a run-down waterside park led to higher wellbeing in Plymouth community

Transforming a run-down waterside park in Plymouth into a high-quality open air theatre and play area has led to higher wellbeing and life satisfaction.

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Six years of memory decline seen in anxious, depressed older people during pandemic.

Older people who were more anxious and depressed during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic were found to have an average decline in their short term memory equivalent to six years of natural ageing.

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Showcasing the faces behind antimicrobial resistance research

An exciting new 3D photography exhibition will showcase the research and people behind Exeter’s  antimicrobial resistance research. 

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Festival of Compassion announces eclectic programme

A unique festival will this month be helping to foster compassion within our communities.

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Tributes paid after death of creator of revolutionary Exeter hip, a global success story

Heartfelt tributes are being paid to a pioneering University of Exeter engineer who co-created an implant that has revolutionised hip replacements for millions.

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Research reveals new clues for the shared origins of irritable bowel syndrome and mental health disorders

Research finds Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has revealed that IBS symptoms may be caused by the same biological processes as conditions such as anxiety. 

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Poetry by leading climate scientists and health professionals warns of “last chance” to act on climate crisis ahead of COP26

Leading health professionals and climate scientists are using poetry to warn of the catastrophic impact of the climate crisis and there is “one chance left” to act in the lead up to, during, and after COP26.

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Common antidepressant should no longer be used to treat people with dementia

A drug used to treat agitation in people with dementia is no more effective than a placebo.

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Visiting Lourdes results in a transcendent experience for two in five pilgrims, study finds

Two in five Pilgrims who visit Lourdes report having a transcendent experience, researchers have found.

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Tool to guide local health policy amid climate change shortlisted for COP26 Climate Challenge Cup

A simple tool to help organisations use the latest evidence to adapt to climate change in ways that benefit human health has been shortlisted for the international Climate Challenge Cup.

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Report highlights opportunities to mitigate climate change to promote human health

A new report involving an Exeter expert shows how action to mitigate climate chance could promote human health.

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Research on detecting cancer in primary care wins RCGP Research Paper of the Year award

University of Exeter have won the 2020 Research Paper of the Year for Clinical Research, awarded by the Royal College of General Practitioners, for their paper on detecting cancers in primary care.

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Environmental Protection Scotland launches e-booklet for COP26 climate summit

An electronic pocket guide to the environment and sustainability has been launched today (11th Oct) with the COP26 climate change summit three weeks’ away.

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Exeter-led team receives national funding to roll-out innovative rehab programme

Healthcare professionals will be trained to deliver an award-winning programme, led by the University of Exeter, which supports people with heart failure to undergo cardiac rehabilitation in their own homes, thanks to funding from NHS England.

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Researchers unite with artist to shine a spotlight on UK’s unpaid carers

Large scale, hand-drawn animations of unpaid carers will be projected onto buildings in London and Exeter this month

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Festival of Compassion announced with aim of ‘making people feel better’

How can we make sure compassion is embedded in our lives, institutions and communities? In a week-long festival run by the University of Exeter this November, renowned experts will address this very question.

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Patients with “red flag” cancer symptoms not referred for urgent investigation in 6 out of ten cases

Six out of ten patients who show common “alarm” symptoms for cancer are not referred for urgent investigation, a largescale new study has revealed.

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New cohort of Exeter academics secure prestigious Alan Turing Institute Fellowships

The next generation of data science and artificial intelligence (AI) experts from the University of Exeter have secured prestigious fellowships from The Alan Turing Institute, it has been announced.

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One in six children has probable mental disorder in 2021 – continuing 2020 peak

A survey published today by NHS Digital found one in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021 – a similar rate to 2020 but an increase from one in nine in 2017.

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Type 2 diabetes drug trial uses patient experience to find their best drug

An innovative trial which invited people to take three drugs in turn, then choose their preferred option, has generated insights into which type 2 diabetes drug is best to prescribe to individuals.

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Hospitals in Cornwall committed to cutting plastic use – but ‘closing the loop’ essential, say researchers

Cornwall's hospitals are redoubling their efforts to use less single-use plastics despite the huge demand for PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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£2.5 million to improve treatment of delirium in hospitals

A new £2.5 million research programme led by the University of Exeter will find new ways to help people recover from delirium after hospital stays, which could stop dementia symptoms getting worse.

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Cruise ships must be effectively regulated to minimise serious environment and health impact

The cruise ship industry should be subject to global monitoring and effective legislation because of its continuous increasing impact on both the environment and human health and wellbeing, according to new research.

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Number diagnosed with autism jumps 787 per cent in two decades, study shows

The number of people diagnosed with autism has jumped by 787 per cent in the past two decades, a new study shows, likely an effect of increasing recognition.

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Three Exeter primary care research projects funded under NIHR research school

Three projects that aim to improve different aspects of primary care in the UK will be funded as part of the University of Exeter’s recent membership in a national research collaboration.

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Care for hip fractures in dementia explored at World Alzheimer’s Day event

A new approach to treating people with dementia who endure hip fractures will be laid out at a special symposium on World Alzheimer’s Day.

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University of Exeter supports launch of new NHS Ocean Project

A new project aiming to reduce healthcare’s impact on the oceans is being jointly launched by the University of Exeter and NHS Ocean.

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NIHR research school recognises Exeter’s excellence on public and environmental health

Excellence and innovation in public and environmental health research at the University of Exeter have been recognised through membership of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Public Health Research.

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Two shortlistings for national Nursing Times Awards

Two teams linked to the University of Exeter have been shortlisted for awards at the prestigious 2021 Nursing Times Awards.

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Exeter research results in practical self-help guide for people with dementia

A free self-help guide is now available to support people diagnosed with dementia to achieve their goals to enjoy daily activities and independent living.

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Exeter part of world’s first trial for new cancer test

The University of Exeter is part of a collaboration working with the NHS on the world’s largest trial of a revolutionary new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear.

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Exeter research underpins NHS bid to identify thousands of cases of rare diabetes

Exeter research is providing knowledge and testing to support an NHS bid to diagnose thousands of people who are unaware that they have a rare form of diabetes.

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£1.5 million for Exeter to research the role of genes and specific cell-types in Alzheimer’s disease

Research that will for the first time examine changes in how genes function in specific brain cell-types to better understand the development of Alzheimer’s disease has received a £1.5 million grant from the Medical Research Council.

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Major international study reports the impact of genetics on epigenetic factors

Understanding what causes epigenetic variation could be a step closer thanks to a new atlas of genetic effects on epigenetic factors.  

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Encyclopaedia chapter will aid UN goal on improving ocean sustainability

The University of Exeter has led a collaboration to define the term “Oceans and Human Health” for a new Encyclopaedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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World-leading dementia expert bolsters Exeter’s research excellence

A world-leading expert in a wide range of dementia research is joining the University of Exeter, where he will further bolster an outstanding reputation for academic excellence on ageing.

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Medicine and Nursing students perform top medical care at Reading Festival

A group of students from the University of Exeter recently put their training into practice by helping to deliver first-rate medical care at Reading Festival.

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Exemplary nurses receive Human Rights and Nursing Award at international Exeter conference

Two nurses have received a prestigious award to recognise their outstanding contribution to human rights and care, at an international conference about ethics in care during COVID-19 hosted by the University of Exeter.

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Exeter to host international conference on ethical challenges in care during COVID-19

An international conference will bring together experts from around the world to discuss the complex ethical issues encountered by nurses and other care-givers during the COVID-19 pandemic, hosted for the first time by the University of Exeter and including a prestigious award ceremony.

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Exeter Medical students to receive suicide prevention training

A charity whose work aims to prevent suicides among young people will now be able to help students at the University of Exeter Medical School, thanks to new funding by BMA Giving.

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Exeter Extreme Medicine graduates to tackle 3,000 mile Atlantic row as first married couple

Two University of Exeter graduates in Extreme Medicine are preparing to tackle a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic as the first ever married couple to race in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC). 

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Devon woman has the world’s longest lasting Exeter hip replacement

A Devon woman has had her hip replacement for 50 years – the longest lasting Exeter Hip replacement in the world.

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Award-winning Exeter Medical student competes in global student challenge final

A University of Exeter Medicine student has received a prestigious award of £5,000 and reached the final of a global medical student competition.

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Families sought to take part in award-winning dementia care project in Exeter

Families affected by dementia in Exeter, Torbay and Teignbridge are being invited to take part in an award-winning programme, to help train the healthcare professionals of tomorrow and improve dementia care.

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High BMI causes depression – and both physical and social factors play a role

A largescale new study provides further evidence that being overweight causes depression and lowers wellbeing and indicates both social and physical factors may play a role in the effect.

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New drug molecules could prevent skin ageing caused by sun exposure

Two new molecules that generate minute amounts of the gas hydrogen sulfide have been found to prevent skin from ageing after being exposed to ultraviolet light found in sunlight.  

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Internationally-renowned Global Health expert joins Exeter

A Professor of Global Health who has a wide range of expertise in investigating health inequalities in disease risk and prevention in countries across the world has joined the University of Exeter.

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Researchers identify new genes linked to longer reproductive lifespan in women

The age at which women go through menopause is critical for fertility and impacts healthy ageing in women, but reproductive ageing has been difficult for scientists to study and insights into the underlying biology are limited.

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Scientists reflect on diabetes research 100 years after discovery of insulin

Researchers at the University of Exeter teamed up with colleagues at the Indiana University School of Medicine to commemorate the centennial of the discovery of insulin and the critical moments that have led to today’s understanding and clinical approaches.

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Exeter part of research to improve adolescent mental health with £5.3 million award

Evidence shows that people of lower socioeconomic status have a higher likelihood of developing and experiencing mental health problems. There is also evidence to suggest that young people who were struggling financially before the pandemic will be worse off, leading to more difficulties that will further impact on their mental health.

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Exeter in new £7m consortium to boost nature’s impact on health inequalities

A new consortium involving the University of Exeter has been awarded more than £7.1 million from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) to investigate the impact that nature can have in helping to prevent and reduce health inequalities in urban areas.

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£2.5 million for Exeter research to understand links between overlapping long-term conditions

The links between different long-term health conditions will be explored in new research funded with a £2.5million grant from the Medical Research Council.

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Evidence of sustained benefits of pimavanserin for dementia-related psychosis

Evidence of the sustained benefits of an investigational antipsychotic treatment for people with dementia-related psychosis has been published. 

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Coastal Living benefits from Exeter University research highlighted in UK Chief Medical Officer's Report

Research on the health benefits of coastal living will be highlighted to Government after University of Exeter experts authored a chapter for the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report. The academics warn that these benefits must not be taken for granted in the face of mounting environmental and social pressures.

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GP cancer expert bolsters Exeter’s research expertise

Am  internationally-recognised expert in cancer and primary care is joining the University of Exeter, where he will further strengthen a team that has helped improve cancer diagnosis in the UK.

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New clinical trial aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of long COVID

Exeter is part of a consortium to reeive £6.8 million from NIHR to research long COVID

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Twin doctors graduate from Exeter together after training during pandemic

Twin brothers Adam and Jack Tremlett have defied the odds by graduating in Medicine at the University of Exeter together.

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Common household products should carry asthma warnings, research concludes

Commonly-used household products should carry a warning that they increase the risk of asthma, according to a new evidence review.

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GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership secures major boost

The Medical Research Council has awarded the GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership funding for 64 studentships over the next three years across the GW4 Alliance of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter Universities. 

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Exeter-based research team crowned winners at prestigious new gastroenterology awards

A world-leading research team from Exeter has been announced as the winner of a prestigious national award for their “outstanding” contribution to NIHR gastroenterology studies.

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Medicine at Exeter in top 10 in The Complete University Guide

Medicine at Exeter in top 10 in The Complete University Guide

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£3.7 million for Exeter to develop student wellbeing approach for higher education sector

New research by the University of Exeter and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will evaluate and establish the best model to support student wellbeing across the university sector.

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New device refines scientists’ ability to sort and process human cells

An innovative new device which can examine and separate single cells on the basis of their response to stimuli could boost personalised medicine and advance our understanding of our own molecular mechanisms.

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Public concern on human health impact of plastic pollution

The impact of marine plastic pollution on human health tops a list of health-related concerns over marine threats in a large scale survey which could help shape policy over how best to protect our oceans.

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Exeter in GW4's world-leading One Health approach to tackling antimicrobial resistance pandemic

The GW4 Alliance (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter universities) formally launch their new ‘One Health’ antimicrobial resistance research consortium today.

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Exeter doctor to launch diabetes education programme in Denmark

A diabetes expert at the University of Exeter has been awarded a fellowship at the Danish Diabetes Academy to develop an education programme to help people with Type 1 diabetes to exercise safely.

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Research establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing the battle against resistance

Researchers have made progress towards a G7 commitment to establish safe standards for the release of antimicrobials into the environment, by developing a new framework that establishes safe thresholds.

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Largescale brain epigenetics study provides new insights into dementia

The largest study of its kind has unveiled new insights into how genes are regulated in dementia, including discovering 84 new genes linked to the disease.

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Brain connections mean some people lack visual imagery

New research has revealed that people with the ability to visualise vividly have a stronger connection between their visual network and the regions of the brain linked to decision-making. The study also sheds light on memory and personality differences between those with strong visual imagery and those who cannot hold a picture in their mind’s eye.

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Kinder Exeter festival to get underway with message to ‘wake up to kindness, compassion and play’

Look out for ‘kindness ninjas’ roaming the streets of Exeter next week as part of a new festival that aims to create cities of compassion and playfulness.

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Robots with T-ray technology to spot and remove cancer tumours in £8 million project

New technology that will marry probes that can detect cancer tumours through the skin with high-precision robotic surgery is to be developed for use in hospital settings for the first time. 

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Defying body clock linked to depression and lower wellbeing

People whose sleep pattern goes against their natural body clock are more likely to have depression and lower levels of wellbeing, according to a largescale new study.

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Play the Lameness Game to help reduce antibiotic use in sheep farming

A new citizen science study is trying to understand how easy it is to spot lameness in sheep by using a simulation game - in order to help reduce the use of antibiotics in sheep farming and fight the global problem of antimicrobial resistance. Click here to take part.

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Worms blast off into space for muscle loss mission

Thousands of tiny worms will be launched into space today (3 June) to help scientists to understand more about muscle loss and how to prevent it.

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Significant decline in the number of people receiving life-enhancing cardiac rehabilitation during the pandemic

The number of people engaging with life-enhancing cardiac rehabilitation clinics has declined during the pandemic, according to a BMJ clinical update which makes the case for more home-based and virtual alternatives.

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Play expert joins Exeter’s child mental health research group

An international expert on children’s anxiety and the importance of adventurous play for children is joining the University of Exeter.

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Ethnic diversity in research identifies more genomic regions linked to diabetes-related traits

By including multi-ethnic participants, a largescale genetic study has identified more regions of the genome linked to type 2 diabetes-related traits than if the research had been conducted in Europeans alone.

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Exeter researcher wins prestigious paediatric infectious diseases award

Professor Adilia Warris, co-director of The MRC Centre for Medical Mycology based at the University of Exeter, has received this year’s Bill Marshall Award for her pioneering paediatric infectious diseases research.

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New handbook to help prescribe nature for mental health and wellbeing

Understanding how the power of nature can help people improve their mental health and overcome conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress has been boosted thanks to a new handbook.

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South West Genomics Laboratory Hub team given ‘Excellence in Healthcare Delivery’ award by Chief Scientific Officer

A team at the South West Genomics Laboratory Hub has received national recognition.

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Exeter academics author WHO “call to action” on nature, biodiversity and health

The multitude of ways in which the natural environment and human health are inextricably linked have been outlined in a document designed to help individuals and organisations across the 53 member states of the WHO European Region make evidence-based decisions.

 

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Exeter Clinical Trials Unit: instrumental in important and wide-ranging COVID-19 research

Exeter Clinical Trials Unit: instrumental in important and wide-ranging COVID-19 research

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Primary school children have long-term mental health benefit from counselling in school

Counselling sessions improve long term mental health in primary-school aged children, according to a new study. The research has implications for reversing declining mental health in young people in a COVID-19 era.

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Cancer expert to lead South West NHS alliance in genomic medicine revolution

A leading cancer expert at the University of Exeter has been appointed as clinical director of a new regional network that aims to embed genomic medicine into routine care across the NHS.

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Save our oceans to protect our health – scientists call for global action plan

Scientists have proposed the first steps towards a united global plan to save our oceans, for the sake of human health.

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Exeter dementia research team are award finalists

The University of Exeter’s INCLUDE project, part of the IDEAL programme, has been announced as one of three finalists for the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Hero Award for Research 2021. This award is ‘to recognise an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken exceptional dementia research in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’.

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Using green social prescribing to prevent and tackle mental ill health

Lockdown highlighted the impact of green spaces on our mental health and wellbeing – and now researchers are investigating whether prescribing nature can help prevent and tackle mental ill health.

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City health boost from nature mapped by researchers

Your local city park may be improving your health, according to a new paper led by Stanford University researchers and involving the University of Exeter.

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Once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the NHS and invest in UK health and care

Post-pandemic, there is a historic opportunity to strengthen the NHS and improve health and care for all, according to a new LSE-Lancet Commission on the future of the NHS, involving the University of Exeter.

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Help fund lifesaving research programme for babies with diabetes

The University of Exeter’s world-leading diabetes research team has appealed for donations to continue a worldwide genetic testing programme which can dramatically improve lives for babies born with diabetes.

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Stem cells create early human embryo structure in major advance for fertility research

Exeter scientists have discovered a simple, efficient way to recreate the early structure of the human embryo from stem cells in the laboratory. The new approach unlocks new ways of studying human fertility and reproduction.

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Exeter Medicine student awarded for project on thyroid cancer

A Genomic Medicine student at the University of Exeter has received a prestigious national student surgery award of £3,000 for her project on thyroid cancer. Her work aims to help clinicians find the right treatment and care for each patient.

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Common inflammatory bowel disease treatment blunts COVID-19 vaccine response

People who take a commonly-prescribed drug for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) should not assume they are protected after a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, after a large-scale study found many had poor antibody responses.

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National public health leader Professor John Newton takes up new chair at University of Exeter

A national leader in public health is taking up a new role at the University of Exeter.

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Type 1 diabetes can cause musculoskeletal problems, new study finds

Research led by the University of Exeter and presented today at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference (DUKPC) 2021 has revealed that type 1 diabetes is likely to directly cause certain musculoskeletal conditions, including frozen shoulder.

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Medical School alumnus awarded prize for ‘Excellent Medical Education’

Alumnus Dominic Proctor (MSc Clinical Education, 2019) has won the undergraduate category in the ‘Excellent Medical Education’ Programme.

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£1.75 million to improve cancer diagnosis in people with multiple health conditions

A major new grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will fund studies to help GPs diagnose cancer more swiftly in people who have other health conditions, so that more lives can be saved.

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Free online physiotherapists course aims to reduce falls in people with Parkinson’s

Physiotherapists can now sign up for a free online programme to reduce the common and disabling problem of falls in people with Parkinson’s.

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Exeter Medical School help deliver vaccine trial as part of rising to COVID-19 challenge

Students studying Medicine, Nursing and Medical Imaging at the University of Exeter have supported the NHS in a wide range of roles throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Exeter excellence in primary care research recognised through NIHR research school membership

Excellence in primary care research at the University of Exeter has been recognised, through membership of a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) collaboration designed to strengthen parts of the NHS.

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Alumnus treats Exeter Medicine students to £30 food delivery, to boost wellbeing during pandemic

Thanks to a generous donation from Exeter alumnus Mr David Higgins (Law 1990), all 913 Medicine (BMBS programme) students at the University of Exeter have been offered a £30 voucher to spend at one of three food retailers.

 

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Common inflammatory bowel disease treatment is linked to reduced COVID-19 antibody response

Commonly-prescribed inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) drug infliximab blunts the immune system to COVID-19 infection, potentially increasing the risk of reinfection.

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University of Exeter joins national cancer health data research hub

The University of Exeter has signed up as an associate partner to DATA-CAN: The Health Data Research Hub for Cancer.

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University of Exeter spin-out SENISCA secures £1.3M investment for pioneering anti-ageing technology

SENISCA, a University of Exeter biotech spin-out company has been successful in securing £1.3M for the development of its ground-breaking anti-ageing technology.

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Exeter Medical Imaging students use virtual reality to enhance socially distanced learning

Diagnostic Radiography students in Medical Imaging at the University of Exeter College of Medicine and Health have begun studying using virtual reality (VR) x-ray rooms, allowing them to enhance their clinical skills training by practicing techniques learned in their x-ray room sessions.

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Combining public health and environmental science to develop pollen forecasting

New research, which brings healthcare data together with ground-breaking ecological techniques, could set a roadmap for refining pollen forecasts in the future.

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Data science boosts Trusts’ ability to manage ambulance demand

A University of Exeter Data Science team have helped develop a tool that could modernise the way Ambulance Trusts predict and respond to demand, at a critical time for the NHS.

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Cognitive impairment research project to help improve lives by increasing contact with nature

New research project ENLIVEN will help older people living with cognitive impairment – including dementia – to be more active and independent and experience a better quality of life through increasing their contact with the natural environment.

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Visiting water bodies worth £700bn to economies, study finds

Europeans spend more than £700 billion (€800bn) a year on recreational visits to water bodies – but perceived poor water quality costs almost £90 billion (€100bn) in lost visits, a new study has found

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“Stark warning”: Combating ecosystem collapse from the tropics to the Antarctic

Eminent scientists warn that key ecosystems around Australia and Antarctica are collapsing, and propose a three-step framework to combat irreversible global damage

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College of Medicine and Health Awards Celebrate Student Success

Some of the University of Exeter’s brightest stars from across the Medicine, Medical Science and Medical Imaging programmes have been awarded for their academic and extracurricular achievements.

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How rehabilitation could help people with COVID-19 recover – evidence reviewed

Progressive exercise and early mobilisation are among the elements of rehabilitation programmes that may improve recovery for people who are hospitalised with severe COVID-19

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Recycle anaesthetics to reduce carbon emission of healthcare, study concludes

New research has highlighted the value of recycling general anaesthetic used in routine operations

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New drug molecules hold promise for treating fatal child disease

Scientists have identified a way to “rescue” muscle cells that have genetically mutated, paving the way to a possible new treatment for rare childhood illness such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)

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Leading experts in public health and social mobility made fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences

Leading University of Exeter experts in public health and social mobility have been made fellows of the prestigious Academy of Social Sciences.

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Large-scale study finds genetic testing technology falsely detects very rare variants

A technology that is widely used by commercial genetic testing companies is “extremely unreliable” in detecting very rare variants

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New research identifies biological causes of muscle weakness in later life

A new largescale genetic analysis has found biological mechanisms that contribute to making people more susceptible to muscle weakness in later life, finding that diseases such as osteoarthritis and diabetes may play a large role in susceptibility

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Exeter alumnus appointed Youth Mental Health Ambassador

Exeter alumnus Dr Alex George (Medicine, 2015) has been appointed as a Youth Mental Health Ambassador to advise government and raise the profile of mental health education and wellbeing in schools

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Tocilizumab reduces deaths in patients hospitalised with COVID-19

An anti-inflammatory treatment routinely used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis has been found to reduce death risk in hospitalised patients with COVID-19

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‘Learning works best with play’, declares founder of The Playful University project

Learning through play can perform a crucial role in higher education by removing barriers to creativity and improving wellbeing, argues a group of academics advocating the development of ‘playful universities’.

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NHS degree apprenticeships with University of Exeter go from strength to strength – despite COVID-19

The NHS has within a year become the top employer working with the University of Exeter on its degree apprenticeships programmes, in a statement of the university’s commitment to public service and improving access to higher education.

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Higher excess COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes raises vaccine prioritisation questions

A largescale analysis led by the University of Exeter has found a disproportionately higher COVID-19 death risk in middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes

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$1.2 million to find new treatment for rare cancer

A new grant of $1.2 million (£880,000) from The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is funding a collaboration involving the University of Exeter to find the cause of a rare form of cancer, and unlock new treatment pathways

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Dementia rates higher in men with common genetic disorder haemochromatosis

New research has found that men who have the Western world’s most common genetic disorder are more likely to develop dementia, compared to those without the faulty genes

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New nature experiment launched with BBC Music

A new experiment goes live today, investigating how people respond to different kinds of digital nature experience

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Covid lockdown loneliness linked to more depressive symptoms in older adults

Loneliness in adults aged 50 and over during the COVID-19 lockdown was linked to worsening depressive and other mental health symptoms, according to a large-scale online study.

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Motion sensitivity research could benefit people with inner ear condition

Research into motion sensitivity could lead to improved rehabilitation programmes and an improvement in building designs for people with a rare inner ear condition that affects their balance

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Simple, cheap test can help save lives from colorectal cancer

New research has demonstrated that a simple, cheap test can help identify who is at risk of developing colorectal cancer, aiding early diagnosis and potentially saving lives

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New course aims to share Exeter’s world-leading primary care expertise globally

Exeter’s excellence in primary care will help upskill practitioners across the globe, in a new course that aims to make a meaningful impact in communities worldwide

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COVID-19: Mortality risk increases by 20 per cent when ICUs are full

Patients admitted to very full hospitals have an increased chance of dying which is equivalent to being up to 11 years older

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Rotten Egg Gas Could Guard Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Typically characterised as poisonous, corrosive and smelling of rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide’s reputation may soon get a facelift

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BCG vaccine trial extends across Devon, in partnership with RD&E

A large global trial designed to test the theory that the widely used BCG vaccine might help protect against COVID-19 amongst healthcare staff and care home workers is expanding.

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Diabetes nursing professor chosen for global celebration of women in healthcare

Diabetes nursing professor Maggie Shepherd is one of just four UK nurses and midwives to be included among the Women in Global Health’s 100+ Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives. 

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Difference in blood pressure between arms linked to greater death risk

A difference in blood pressure readings between arms is linked to greater risk of heart attack, stroke and death.

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New drug molecules hold promise for treating rare inherited terminal childhood disease

Scientists at the University of Exeter have identified a way to “rescue” cells that have genetically mutated

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Research dispels fears human stem cells contain cancer-causing mutations

Pioneering new research has made a pivotal breakthrough that dispel concerns that human stem cells could contain cancer-causing mutations.

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Access to nature important for mental health during Covid lockdowns

People in European countries with the strictest COVID-19 lockdown policies were more likely to show symptoms of depression and anxiety, according to an international study investigating the impact of disconnecting from nature.

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Research sheds new light on cause of deadly lung disease

New research could shed light on the mystery cause of a lung disease that is a major killer, and potentially unlock new treatments

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£300,000 from NIHR to investigate the views of older adults on strategies to improve recovery from planned surgery

A team of researchers from across the University of Exeter Medical School, has secured £300,000 in funding to continue their work into the impact of strategies to improve the recovery of older adults undergoing planned surgery.

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Impact of social isolation on the brain... of fish

Have you recently wondered how social-distancing and self-isolation may be affecting your brain?

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Small and large birth weight linked to genetics of mother and baby – except in tiniest babies

Genetics of mother and baby contribute to most cases where babies are born very large or very small, according to new research

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Exeter Diabetes Professor wins Belgian’s top scientific prize from country’s queen

Andrew Hattersley, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Exeter, has won the Baillet Latour Health Prize 2020

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The Exeter hip: 50 years of making healthcare better

An innovative hip stem developed in Exeter 50 years ago today has now been implanted in more than two million patients across the globe

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Participants wanted for most in-depth brain study of early Alzheimer’s disease

Exeter researchers are seeking local volunteers to take part in the world’s most detailed study into the onset and development of Alzheimer’s disease

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Staff and Clinical Partners Celebrated at Cross College Staff Aureus Awards

Staff from across the College of Medicine and Health have been recognised for their achievements, successes and student support at the College Aureus Awards 2020

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The danger of Z-drugs for dementia patients

Strong sleeping pills known as ‘Z-drugs’ are linked with an increased risk of falls, fractures and stroke among people with dementia

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Liver cancer ten times more likely in men with common genetic disorder haemochromatosis

Men who have the Western world’s most common genetic disorder, haemochromatosis, are ten times more likely to develop liver cancer

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Exeter experts recognised as being among world’s most influential scientists

Leading 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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Exeter part of UK-wide genomics consortium in £12.2million funding boost

A £12.2 million funding boost will help scientists at the University of Exeter and the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust contribute to national efforts to map how COVID-19 spreads and evolves

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Nearly a third of hospitals in England reached maximum ventilator bed capacity during first wave of Covid-19 pandemic

Thirty percent of hospitals in England reached their maximum occupancy levels for beds with mechanical ventilation support during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic

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£800k funding to investigate treatments for devastating lung disease

Researchers at the University of Exeter have won more than £800,000 in funding to study a deadly lung disease – idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

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New funding for research on parent carers in crisis

University of Exeter researchers have been awarded £239,000 to explore suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, and self-harm in parent carers

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A few kilograms weight loss nearly halves the risk of diabetes, large scale research study finds

Providing support to help people with prediabetes make small changes to their lifestyle, diet and physical activity can almost halve the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Study aims to REACH out to more heart failure patients

Researchers have received £2.4 million to lead a clinical trial of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with heart failure and caregivers.

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Understanding rare type of diabetes gives insights into critical mechanisms of insulin production

Solving the genetic puzzle of why babies developed a rare type of diabetes has uncovered a new biological pathway that is fundamental to insulin production

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Green prescriptions could undermine the benefits of spending time in nature

Giving people with existing mental health conditions formal ‘green prescriptions’, may undermine some of the benefits

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No reduction in fractures seen in falls prevention programmes prescribed to older people

Two population screen and treat programmes commonly prescribed to prevent older people falling have no impact on reducing fractures

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Young people recruited to harness smartphones to improve mental health and wellbeing

Young people across Europe are being recruited into a trial to put their smartphone addiction to good use, via an app called MyMoodCoach

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Study Seeks CLARITY on COVID-19 risk

A major new UK study investigating whether some patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are at increased risk from COVID-19 has been launched in the South West

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Learn about how to protect health, wellbeing and the planet through free new online series

Health experts hope a new online webinar series will inspire people to make changes to protect the planet and human health

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Living near green space linked to lower rates of smoking and higher chances of quitting

People are significantly less likely to smoke – and are more likely to successfully quit – if they live in green neighbourhoods, new research has found

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New ‘epigenetic’ clock provides insight into how the human brain ages

A relatively new concept – the epigenetic clock – could inform us about how swiftly we age, and how prone we are to diseases of old age

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Prestigious £900,000 award to investigate underlying mechanisms of depression

An award of £900k will allow research at the University of Exeter to investigate the underlying mechanisms involved in depression

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Blood test predicts ovarian cancer better than previously thought

A blood test already available to GPs in the UK is more predictive of ovarian cancer than previously thought and could also help pick up other forms of cancer

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Death rates among people with severe COVID-19 drop by a half in England

Death rates from people with severe COVID-19 in hospital have dropped to around a half of the rate at the peak of the pandemic

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Launch of new neurodevelopmental and neurodiversity network

A new regional network between the GW4 universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism

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Survey shows one in six children having a probable mental disorder

The proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years

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Scientists pave way to reducing antibiotic resistance build-up in waterways

Researchers have developed a swift new method that could help reduce the problem of antibiotic resistance increasing via wastewater systems

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Early career researcher recognised with award for depression therapy work

A researcher who has conducted a robust and innovative series of studies on a type of depression therapy has won an award to recognise her work

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Researcher wins award for work in understanding health benefits of time outside

A University of Exeter researcher has won a US award that recognises his achievements in researching the links between health and the natural environment

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Black History Month

The College of Medicine and Health is hosting online events and running a social media campaign to mark the achievements of Black scientists, inventors, doctors and nurses in medicine.

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NHS urged not to spend money on expensive incontinence devices

An international team of experts have found no evidence that expensive biofeedback devices used in the treatment of urinary incontinence in women make any difference

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Knighthood for Exeter Honorary Professor allergy and asthma expert

A national authority on the links between allergy and asthmas has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours.

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Young Investigator award for Exeter childhood diabetes researcher

An Exeter researcher who specialises in discovering the cases of types of diabetes that affect babies has been named as Young Investigator of the Year by the International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes

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Watching nature on TV can boost wellbeing, finds new study

Watching high quality nature programmes on TV can uplift people’s moods and reduce negative emotions

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Could BCG vaccine protect against COVID-19? UK recruitment begins

A largescale global trial, designed to test the theory that the widely-used BCG vaccine could help protect against COVID-19 will soon recruit healthcare staff and care home workers in the UK.

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Type 1 diabetes could begin in the womb, new research suggests

Type 1 diabetes can develop in babies under six months old, and the immune attack behind the condition may begin before they’re born

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Cardiac rehabilitation programme wins BMJ award

A home-based rehabilitation programme that could help thousands of heart failure patients to achieve a better quality of life has won a prestigious BMJ award.

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Mental Health Facility at Torbay Hospital begins construction

The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility has begun at Devon Partnership NHS Trust’s (DPT) Torbay Hospital.

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£1.2 million to roll-out dementia care home programme to COVID-hit sector

£1.2 million in government funding will help researchers develop an innovative online programme to improve and personalise care for people with dementia in care homes.

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Five Simple Lifestyle Changes That Can Prevent Dementia

40% of all dementia diagnoses can be avoided

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Exeter researchers awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle issues from food insecurity to autism

Five researchers at the University of Exeter have been awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle key issues from food and housing insecurities to autism diagnosis.

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£2.5 million to study group treatment programme for people with severe obesity

A team of researchers based in the Westcountry has been awarded nearly £2.5 million from the National Institute for Health Research.

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Screening UK Biobank blood samples identifies thousands of undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes

A study of approximately 200,000 blood samples from the UK Biobank has identified more than 2,000 undiagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes. 

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Buying lots of soft drink linked to low socio-economic status and unhealthier food choices

Households purchasing high volumes of sugary or diet drinks are more likely to have low socio-economic status, higher body mass index (BMI) and overall less healthy food purchases.

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Exeter spin-out secures almost £900,000 funding boost

An innovative University of Exeter spin-out company, which uses sophisticated mathematical modelling to help develop treatment plans for patients with epilepsy, has secured two prestigious government funding awards.

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Safe thresholds for antibiotics in sewage needed to help combat antibiotic resistance

New research reveals current understanding of safe antibiotic levels in rivers may not prevent evolution of antibiotic resistance.

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Implant choice more important than surgeon skill for hip replacement success

A study analysing over 650,000 hip replacement patients across England and Wales over 14 years sought to investigate why one hospital has consistently been identified as having better than expected outcomes compared to other settings.  

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Shoulder replacements benefit most patients for more than ten years, study shows

More than 90 per cent of shoulder replacement implants last more than ten years, according to the largest study of its kind.

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Prioritising patients with unexpected weight loss for cancer investigation

New research will help GPs to identify the signs, symptoms, and blood test results they should look for to swiftly diagnose cancer in people with unexpected weight loss. The findings have implications for existing health policy and guidelines.

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New camera recreates Cornish gems in 3D for people with disability

A new 3D camera will help people living with disabilities in Cornwall gain unprecedented access to some of Cornwall's gems.

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New test better predicts which babies will develop type 1 diabetes

A new approach to predicting which babies will develop type 1 diabetes moves a step closer to routine testing for newborns

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Westcountry medical graduates receive thank you hampers

Graduates in medicine-related subjects at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth have received hampers thanking them for their work

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Exeter graduates celebrate with online ceremony featuring celebrity alumni

Graduates at the University of Exeter celebrated finishing their degrees in an online ceremony to mark their achievements

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New guidelines launched for doctors on speaking about obesity

Obesity UK is today launching guidelines to change the way doctors speak about obesity, developed in collaboration with the Univerity of Exeter.

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Dementia could be prevented or delayed by 40 per cent by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life

Experts have increased the number of lifestyle factors known to influence our risk of developing dementia from nine to 12. 

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ADHD services map reveals major gaps in care, failing the vulnerable

New research has called for urgent action after creating a map that identifies gaps in services for adults with ADHD across the UK

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Higher end of normal blood platelet count could indicate cancer

Blood platelet counts at the higher end of normal suggest a high risk of cancer in men aged 60 or over, and should be investigated

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£430,000 Government funding to study COVID-19 nursing care

A national team of scientists and nurses, led from the University of Exeter, are researching nursing care for patients in hospital with COVID-19. 

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Exeter academic wins prestigious national BMJ award for climate change in healthcare

David Pencheon, Honorary Professor at the University of Exeter, has won the BMJ Outstanding Contribution to Health Award

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Defra report features Westcountry research on health benefits of being by the sea

Researchers at two leading Westcountry institutions have teamed up with Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in a study

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Partnership to drive forward experimental dementia research with data science and artificial intelligence

A new partnership brings together a combination of around a thousand scientists and innovators

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COVID risk calculator aims to help keep BAME healthcare workers safer

A newly-developed tool aims to help workers and employees calculate the biological risk of an individual’s exposure to COVID-19.

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Walking Along Blue Spaces Such as Beaches or Lakes Benefits Mental Health

New study identifies benefits to mood and well-being associated with short, frequent walks near bodies of water

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Next-generation triple antibody test for Covid-19 given green light by MHRA

University of Exeter scientists have developed a revolutionary new device that could allow health professionals to test patients’ antibody response to Covid-19 in as little as seven minutes.

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Project to enhance climate hazard resilience and related disease prevention in Africa receives funding boost

Experts from the University of Exeter will lead a pioneering project to design digital innovations to help communities across Africa become more resilient to climate hazards and prevent outbreaks of associated diseases.

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£1.85 million for children’s health and maternity research

A national research collaboration has been awarded £1.85 million to investigate children’s health and maternal wellbeing.

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Exeter in global top five for research on green space and public health

The University of Exeter has leapt into the top five institutions in the world for research output on the links between green space and public health.

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How our College has risen to the challenges of COVID-19

Students and staff at the University of Exeter have made huge efforts in repurposing research, teaching and University priorities in light of COVID-19.

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Using operational research to reorganise crucial dialysis services during the COVID-19 outbreak

The University of Exeter and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust are making a major contribution to the management of dialysis services.

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£1 million award could identify a new form of genetic diabetes

An award of almost £1 million will help scientists at the University of Exeter unravel the genetics mysteries of a rare form of diabetes.

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Research finds indirect effects of COVID-19 on young people’s mental and physical health

New research suggests there may be substantial indirect adverse effects of COVID-19 on children's physical and mental health.

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Sea swimming linked to illness, study shows

People who go in the sea are more likely to experience symptoms of illness compared to non-bathers.

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Steroid cuts death risk in some hospitalised patients with COVID-19

A steroid which was part of a nationwide COVID-19 trial that included patients in Exeter has been found to reduce the risk of dying in patients. 

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Genetics could help diagnose diabetes in Indians, study shows

A new way of using genetics to diagnose diabetes could pave the way for better diagnosis and treatment in Indians, new research has concluded.

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Online exhibition and new book celebrates art made by people living with dementia

An art project involving people living with dementia has led to a book as well as an art exhibition that has been moved online to be enjoyed by all.

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£1.4 million for genetics research on how obesity in pregnancy affects mother and baby

A new £1.4 million award from the Wellcome Trust will help researchers at the University of Exeter investigate pregnant mothers' obesity and health

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Let's talk about money: Smartline supports financial wellbeing app

Smartline, the University of Exeter technology and wellbeing project, is supporting the development of a ground-breaking app 

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Research finds new genes contributing to severe childhood obesity

In the largest study of the genetics of childhood obesity, researchers have looked at why some children gain weight very easily.

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Exeter in £14 million international consortium to improve obesity treatment and narrative

The University of Exeter has joined an international, research consortium which aims to improve how obese people will respond to treatment

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Exeter dementia researchers take on 300km running challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK

A group of eight dementia researchers from the University of Exeter are aiming to run over 301km to raise money for pioneering dementia research.

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£2.5 million award to fund new evidence review facility at Exeter

The University of Exeter has received £2.5 million to establish one of two evidence review facilities to assess quality of research.

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Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

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Medical Imaging students graduate early online to support NHS in COVID-19

Medical Imaging students from the University of Exeter Medical School who opted to graduate early had a successful online graduation ceremony

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‘Care Under Pressure’: developing interventions to tackle doctors’ mental ill-health

 

A project led by the University of Exeter has developed guidance and recommendations to optimise strategies to tackle mental ill-health in doctors

 

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£100,000 grant for rising-star medical researcher at Exeter

A rising research star from the University of Exeter has won £100k to launch her work into depression as part of a prestigious grant scheme.

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Online medicine lectures attract thousands of students – and Peter Andre!

A Medicine student at the University of Exeter has teamed up with two clinicians to launch an online seminar series.

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Researchers track COVID-19 isolation effects on older people’s health and wellbeing

An online study of 25,000 people is recruiting participants to help study the impact of COVID-19 isolation on the health and wellbeing of older people

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Cornish charity exposes Governmental failure to support the most vulnerable

A rapid assessment of COVID-19 implications for disabled people in Cornwall has illustrated a failure by central government to support people 

 

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Dementia among “overlooked” conditions linked to high risk of severe COVID19 in older people

A new analysis shows which certain pre-existing diseases may put older people at risk of developing more severe COVID-19, implying they may need special treatments and more shielding.

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More than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017

There were more than 300 million cases of hip and knee osteoarthritis worldwide in 2017 reveals a new analysis

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Games to bring laughter and help families during coronavirus lockdown

A University of Exeter expert has come up with games featuring dancing, storytelling, running and acting to help families struggling to think of new things to do at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Editorial paper finds COVID-19 death among doctors in the UK is mostly in over 60s

An editorial paper has reviewed evidence and found that most of the UK deaths in doctors from COVID-19 are aged over 60.

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Home-based cardiac rehabilitation training offered free to cardiac teams affected by COVID-19

NHS staff are being offered free training to deliver a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme to help support heart failure patients.

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University of Exeter health and housing project to combat isolation during lockdown

A project that links technology and housing to improve health and wellbeing in Cornwall is developing a guide to using online devices to reduce feelings of isolation during COVID-19 lockdown.

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Spending time in the garden linked to better health and wellbeing

Spending time in the garden is linked to similar benefits for health and wellbeing as living in wealthy areas, according to a new large-scale study.

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Exeter student leads research concluding that small red blood cells could indicate cancer

Having abnormally small red blood cells could indicate cancer, according to new research led by a University of Exeter student 

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World-leading Neuroimaging expert will optimise Exeter’s £10 million new centre

A professor who consistently ranks in the global top five of neuroimaging will bring his expertise to Exeter’s new £10 million Mireille Gillings Neuroimaging Centre.

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Aphantasia clears the way for a scientific career path

People with low or no visual imagery are more likely to work in scientific and mathematical industries than creative sectors, according to new research.

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New research will study impact of COVID-19 on cancer survival

The impact of COVID-19 on cancer diagnosis and survival will be explored through research led by the University of Exeter.

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Five tips from project to support people with dementia and carers in COVID-19 lockdown

New guidance has been developed to support people with dementia and family carers who are facing isolation and reduced services as a result of COVID-19.

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Nature soundscape experiment relaunched

An exciting national experiment reopens today, aiming to shed light on how listening to nature could impact wellbeing.

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COVID-19 test could determine whether patients are still infectious

A new test which could detect whether people who have had COVID-19 are still infectious is under development

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UK coronavirus policy places people aged 60-69 at increased risk finds editorial paper

A new editorial has summarised evidence and concluded that people aged 60-69 are at risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19.

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Exeter leading the way in COVID-19 testing

The University of Exeter is supporting the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) to be at the forefront of the battle against Covid-19

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Father and son doctor duo work at the same hospital in fight against COVID-19

A graduate from the University of Exeter is working alongside his clinician father in a Westcountry hospital in treating patients battling COVID-19.

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Mental health and brain research must be higher priority in global COVID-19 response

A new paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry highlights an urgent need to tackle the harmful impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health.

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Medical students joining fight against COVID-19 honoured in first Exeter virtual graduation

Medicine students who opted to graduate early to accelerate becoming junior doctors in the COVID-19 crisis 

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First Exeter patients start world’s largest trial of COVID-19 treatments

Patients in Exeter with COVID-19 are being recruited to the largest clinical trial in the world to investigate existing medicines which might be effective against the disease.

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Research to investigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on family carers

The experience of family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be explored in a series of weekly interviews conducted over the next three months.

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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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