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10 January 2022

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The World Turned Upside Down: a Newton’s cradle of memories

Exeter College student Tess Walsh talks more about The World Turned Upside Down – a play inspired by research by the IDEAL project which aims to improve ways of living well with dementia.

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5 January 2022

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The World Turned Upside Down: A play, an experience, an insight.

Exeter College student Tess Walsh discusses The Turned Upside Down – a play which has evolved from research by the IDEAL project.

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11 November 2021

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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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10 November 2021

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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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9 November 2021

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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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8 November 2021

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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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6 November 2021

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How is our Community Engagement Improving Health and Wellbeing?

For the last four years, the University of Exeter has been working with Volunteer Cornwall and Coastline Cornwall on a Smartline project, which supports communities in Cambourne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth (CPIR) to take part in activities which will improve health and wellbeing.

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5 November 2021

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Household Products Should Carry Asthma Warnings

New evidence finds that a group of chemicals found in a wide range of household products can increase the risk of asthma. Medicine and Health Research Associate, Cheryl Paterson, has been leading this research in collaboration with Cornwall’s Smartline.

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4 November 2021

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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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1 November 2021

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Protecting Health and Wellbeing by Anticipating Local Climate Change

The European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) – in partnership with Cornwall Council and a wide range of local stakeholders – is developing a tool to help local decision-makers adapt to climate change, by measuring the impact of climate interventions on population health.

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15 October 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Improving diabetes treatment with specialist education programme

The University of Exeter’s diabetes research has led to the creation of an education programme which has helped to increased referrals for genetic testing and diagnoses of ‘monogenic’ diabetes.

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28 September 2021

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Landmark Radiography Degree Apprenticeship Welcomes Fourth Cohort

The first higher education programme of its kind, The College of Medicine and Health’s Level 6 Diagnostic Radiographer Degree Apprenticeship – launched in March 2020 – is now taking on its fourth cohort.

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21 September 2021

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ENLIVEN project to foster healthy ageing through nature and community

The new initiative aims to help older people living with dementia become more active, independent and experience a better quality of life, by improving their access to the natural environment. One of seven research projects funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) that form the Healthy Ageing Social, Behavioural and Design Research…

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22 June 2021

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The art of Aphantasia: how ‘mind blind’ artists create without being able to visualise

How do artists without mental imagery create unique and imaginary pieces of art? Read how visual artists with aphantasia create their work.

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28 May 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Improving quality of life for babies with diabetes

Research by the University of Exeter has identified the causes of more than 20 genetic subtypes of diabetes, leading to improved treatment and better quality of life.

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6 April 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Improving diabetes diagnosis and care

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed tools which can help clinicians classify what type of diabetes a patient has to ensure they get the best treatment possible and reduce any complications. Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY), is a form of diabetes caused by single gene mutations that is…

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23 March 2021

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Breaking Boundaries: Transforming health policy across Europe

A unique World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Culture and Health (WHO Centre) at the University of Exeter has transformed health policy and practice in Europe.

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4 February 2021

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Looking after mental health in lockdown: Tackling worry and overthinking

The COVID-19 crisis is impacting our mental health. Increased uncertainty, health fears, disruption to normal life, isolation, unemployment, and the loss of loved ones increase worry, anxiety and depression. Surveys in April 2020 found much higher distress, anxiety and depression than previous years.

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4 February 2021

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Celebrating the work of Diagnostic Radiography Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 celebrates how apprentices are building the future. In light of this, we are putting the spotlight on our Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprentices and the fantastic work they are doing, particularly during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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11 January 2021

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Discovery of a new trigger for antifungal defence

Scientists at the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology made a discovery that could help in the fight against a fungus that kills around 200,000 people every year and causes lung and allergic diseases in millions of others.

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4 December 2020

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Shaping a global response to antimicrobial resistance

Research conducted by Dr Anne Leonard and Professor Will Gaze at the University of Exeter has shaped the global understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and has influenced government and WHO strategies in tackling one of the world’s biggest environmental threats.

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9 November 2020

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Evolution of antibiotic resistance in the environment

Research conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, the University of Hong Kong, and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca revealed that low concentrations of antibiotics in the environment could be contributing to the evolution of antibiotic resistance.

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26 October 2020

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Consider the Microbiome

Behind the paper “Bacterial biodiversity drives the evolution of CRISPR-based phage resistance” – or, evolution is complicated.

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21 October 2020

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Kate Allen’s PhD study is firmly grounded in Patient and Public Involvement which helps to better understand the lives of those affected by clusters of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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19 October 2020

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Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in our waters

From streams and lakes, to rivers and oceans, antibiotics are making their way into our waters in ever greater concentrations, increasing antibiotic resistance and risking a rise in deadly superbugs.

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9 October 2020

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COVID-19 and implications for antimicrobial resistance

Dr Aimee Murray, Research Fellow at the University of Exeter and GW4 Crucible 2020 Alumni explores how the COVID-19 crisis could impact AMR in clinical and community settings, and explains why GW4 is well placed to research and help combat these significant global challenges. (Repost from gw4.ac.uk)

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1 October 2020

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Do antibiotics drive environmental resistance?

Antimicrobial resistance is predicted to be the leading cause of death globally by 2050 resulting in 10 million deaths per year, many caused by antibiotic resistant bacterial infections. Implementing mitigation strategies to limit the spread of antibiotic resistance would help limit both morbidity and mortality in the future. (Republished from nature.com)

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23 September 2020

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A look back at my first year as a PhD student

As medical student Thomas Hewat enters the second year of his PhD he reflects on the challenges of his first year – including a global pandemic, the support he has received from the PhD students in the Medical School in addition to offering his advice for any new PhD students and those considering embarking upon a PhD.

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24 June 2020

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The impaired control of blood glucose in diabetes

Dr Cruz recently defended her PhD at Exeter which focused on understanding the whole body regulation of energy metabolism and glucose homeostasis, with specific focus on how these change in diabetes.

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20 April 2020

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Five ways collective intelligence can help beat coronavirus in developing countries

As developing countries gear up to tackle COVID-19, here are five ideas for simple collective intelligence projects that might help them. (Republished from The Conversation).

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13 March 2020

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Blood pressure effects in frail older adults

Jane Masoli is an NIHR clinical doctoral fellow and Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine at the College of Medicine and Health. She is currently working towards her PhD on blood pressure, co-morbidities and outcomes in older populations and, in this blog, she talks about her research into the link between low blood…

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24 January 2020

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Improving treatments and services at local NHS trusts

For over a decade, the University of Exeter Medical School has worked collaboratively with the NHS, delivering a large number of research projects to improve services, treatments and patient quality of life.

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6 January 2020

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Social Innovation with Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

The University of Exeter’s Social Innovation Group (SIG) has been working in partnership with Age UK Cornwall and Isles of Scilly since 2009 conducting research into how volunteers and the older people can be best supported in Cornwall’s rural communities.

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13 November 2019

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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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23 July 2018

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Improving the prescribing practice of newly qualified doctors

A recent study looked at ways of supporting junior doctors to improve their prescribing capabilities.

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22 March 2018

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Optimising changes in the NHS

NIHR PenCLAHRC at the University of Exeter Medical School have teamed up with NHS Trusts to roll out of training that uses computer modelling to help make difficult decisions.

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6 December 2016

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Researcher in focus: Professor Andrew Hattersley

A world-leading diabetes expert at the University of Exeter Medical School has been granted one of the nation’s most prestigious awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to medical science and ground-breaking achievements in diabetes research. Andrew Hattersley, Professor of Molecular Medicine at the University of Exeter Medical School and Consultant Physician at the Royal…

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15 November 2016

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The Interconnection between the environment and human health

Researchers at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) are interested in the complex connections between the environment and human health Professor Lora Fleming is Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, which is part of the University of Exeter Medical School. Based at the University of Exeter’s Truro campus in…

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19 October 2016

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Researcher in focus: Professor Clive Ballard

World-leading dementia expert, Professor Clive Ballard, is joining University of Exeter. He will be starting his role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of University of Exeter Medical School in November 2016. Ahead of his arrival, we spoke to Professor Ballard about his aims for the Medical School, the misunderstood areas of dementia, and what…

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13 April 2016

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Bacterial resistance and its impact on health

Vital research into how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics is being conducted by Dr William Gaze, Senior Lecturer at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health.

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17 December 2014

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Personalising treatments for patients with Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young

Exeter research has shown insulin injections are not always necessary for diabetes patients.

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15 December 2014

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Preventing suicides through non-clinical methods

Professor Christabel Owens is working with suicide prevention charities and public agencies to improve community safety, and public awareness and understanding of suicide. Suicide prevention guidance produced by Professor Owens – a leading expert on suicide prevention in public places – and her team has been cited in national suicide prevention strategies, translated…

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20 September 2014

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Using beetroot juice to enhance sport performance

Andy Jones loves beetroot

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