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Half a million to further fund digital innovation for Parkinson’s patients

A project to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to manage their care from home via pioneering technology has received a funding boost of nearly £500,000.

Led by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust and the University of Plymouth, the home-based care pathway has recently benefitted from NHS Transformation’s Digital Health Partnership Award .

The unique pathway,...

Plymouth research breakthrough could see HIV drugs used to treat low-grade brain tumours

Scientists at the University of Plymouth have discovered drugs developed to treat AIDS and HIV could offer hope to patients diagnosed with the most common form of primary brain tumour.

The breakthrough, funded by the charity Brain Tumour Research , is significant because, if further research is conclusive, the anti-retroviral drugs could be prescribed for patients diagnosed with...

Long COVID rehabilitation pilot comes to an end

Eight participants taking part in a long COVID rehabilitation pilot, ran in partnership between University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) and Plymouth Marjon University, have graduated after completing the 12 week programme.

The pilot, which started in August this year, was designed to help individuals suffering with long COVID build strength and improve their confidence while...

New multi-cancer early detection blood test study opens in Cornwall and Torbay

The nation-wide SYMPLIFY study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research, will investigate a new multi-cancer early detection (MCED) test in the NHS, known as Galleri, for patients with non-specific symptoms that may be a result of cancer.

The aim of the SYMPLIFY study, open at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, is to...

Urgent call for West Country COVID sufferers to volunteer for unique genetic research study

Urgent call for West Country COVID sufferers to volunteer for unique genetic research study

Scientists involved in a ground-breaking COVID-19 genetic study are urgently calling for people across the West Country who caught the virus but did not require hospital treatment to volunteer to help with their research.

For the past 12 months, a group of NHS doctors and scientists involved in the GenOMICC COVID-19 Study have been trying to find out why some people who had the virus...

Appeal for volunteers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine comparison study

The research team at University Hospitals Plymouth are asking for volunteers to take part in a new COVID-19 vaccine study, which will involve participants receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are aged over 30 and in relatively good health, and have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the research team would like to invite you to sign up to take part. Anyone who is interested...

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms, pandemic

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms due to the pandemic

Research has revealed the impact that spending more time indoors has had on children in the South West.

More than half (53 percent) of parents in the region claim their children are spending more time in their bedroom than they did pre-COVID. On average, these children are spending an additional three hours in their rooms per day. More than one in ten (16 percent) parents whose...

Cancer survivor Heather Duff with her minature dachshund Parsnip

Determined supporters vow to Race for Life at Home

DETERMINED fundraisers across the south west are set to  Race for Life at Home and carry on the fight against cancer as the nation looks beyond  lockdown.  

Organisers  Cancer Research UK  have postponed events for the spring and  early  summer to  protect  people’s health as the country  emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic - and this includes the  Race for Life  3K  and  5K....

Councillors consider Plymouth University research on coastal change in East Devon

A report on Plymouth University research, estimating future rates of coastal erosion in East Devon over the next 100 years, will be considered by the council's Strategic Planning Committee on Tuesday 20th October.

The research, which focuses on the eastern area of the district, is different from previous work on coastal erosion as it is for planning purposes only.

It maps a...

Devon cooks urged to beat cancer with brunch

PEOPLE across Devon are being urged to bite back at cancer by putting Sunday brunch on the menu this autumn.

An array of celebrity chefs, including Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge, have joined forces to encourage foodies and fundraisers alike to cook up some cash for Stand Up To Cancer.

The joint fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 aims to get new cancer...

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