Nearly half of Plymouth workers haven’t received mental health support despite rise in anxiety, study reveals

Authored by News Desk

A survey carried out by mental health organisation, TalkOut, has revealed that 48% of Plymouth workers haven’t received any mental health support or advice from their employer since the pandemic hit in March.

The study found that 33% of respondents had felt anxious and apprehensive about returning to work, while 37% said that their mental health is worse now compared to before the...

Devon’s real housing needs revealed in major new independent report

Authored by sharon goble

Too many homes are being planned for Devon over the next decade, most of them are to be built on greenfield sites, and a staggering two-thirds will be bought by people who have moved into the county. These are the key findings of an independent study, commissioned by the Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, which exposes the stark truth behind ‘official’ assessments of Devon’...

“Taking part in MS study has changed my life”

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A woman with multiple sclerosis (MS) who has not been able to stand for seven years has praised a standing frame intervention for helping to change her life.

Sally Morgan, from Moorhaven near Ivybridge, Devon, can now stand for more than an hour with minimal joint and muscle pain since taking part in a randomised control study run by the University of Plymouth.

The trial is...

Patient volunteers needed for GP exercise referral study

Authored by Mary

Local patient volunteers are being sought by researchers investigating whether or not adding web-based coaching to a GP exercise referral scheme (ERS) would lead to increased uptake and sustained health enhancing physical activity.

The study has been extended to February/March next year and researchers are looking for patients who can be referred by the GPs to the ERS at either the...

Hormone could be responsible for weight loss in elderly

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A preliminary study might hold the key to why over-80s are prone to losing weight.

The research by Mary Hickson, Professor of Dietetics at Plymouth University, found that after eating, elderly people produced a greater amount of peptide YY (PYY) – the hormone that tells humans when they’re full.

The study saw six healthy women over the age of 80 eat a breakfast after several...

Study recruits volunteers to trial new treatment for alcoholism

Authored by Mary

A study which aims to evaluate the use of the drug ketamine as a treatment for people with severe alcohol disorder, or alcoholism, is currently recruiting volunteers in the South West.

‘KARE’ (Ketamine for reduction of Alcoholic Relapse) was awarded funding through the Biomedical Catalyst, a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and Innovate UK to support...

Twitter use should form part of nursing curriculum, study suggests

Authored by Mary

All universities running nursing degrees should consider adopting the use of Twitter in their curriculum, according to a new study by a Plymouth University academic.

Professor Ray Jones, Professor in Health Informatics, has published a paper suggesting that including Twitter as an assessed element for first-year nursing students will help them learn to use social media in a...

Study highlights effectiveness of vaccine against Ebola

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As the latest in a series of studies, researchers at Plymouth University, National Institutes of Health and University of California, Riverside, have shown the ability of a vaccine vector based on a common herpesvirus called cytomegalovirus (CMV) expressing Ebola virus glycoprotein (GP), to provide protection against Ebola virus in the experimental rhesus macaque, non-human primate (NHP) model...

Free online depression therapy in Devon

Authored by Mary

In January, the most depressing month of the year, researchers are urging people to take up free therapy courses in a bid to help them find a definitive answer to what works best in online treatment for depression.

It has long been known that online cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can be effective in treating depression – but scientists do not know which aspects work best. Now...

Study suggests January the worst time to diet

Authored by Mary

People have evolved to have subconscious urges to over-eat, and limited ability to avoid becoming obese, especially in winter, a University of Exeter study has found.

There is not yet an evolutionary mechanism to help us overcome the lure of sweet, fatty and unhealthy food and avoid becoming overweight for understandable and sensible reasons, according to researchers.

This is...