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Researchers in the South West are urging more people in the region to consider volunteering for dementia studies. Many pioneering studies into the devastating condition are underway in the region, but efforts can be hampered if researchers can’t find people willing to take part. In February 2015, a new national…
A new study has highlighted the potential for pet dogs to reduce stress in parents of children with autism. A team of psychologists and animal behaviour experts at the University of Lincoln, UK, in conjunction with charities Dogs for the Disabled and the National Autistic Society, discovered a significant decrease…
Delays in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, particularly in those with alcohol and substance misuse disorders, could be preventing people from receiving effective treatment for the condition, according to a new study by researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN)​ at King's College London, and the NIHR.…
Being bullied at school has effects on the body that last for decades and can shorten a person's life, new research suggests. Scientists found a significantly increased risk of stress-induced chronic inflammation in middle-aged men and women who had been bullied as children. This, in turn, is known to increase…
Women who have a family history of breast cancer face no worse an outcome after treatment than other women with the disease, according to a new study. The researchers from the University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust examined the cases of 2,850 women under the age of…
Cardiff Metropolitan University's CARIAD research centre has just been awarded an AHRC research grant of £500,000 over three years for its work in designing for people with dementia. The LAUGH (Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics) project is an international collaboration with researchers at the University of Technology Sydney and…
Ofsted carries out an annual programme of survey reports alongside its main inspection programme of providers. The survey programme serves a range of purposes. Depending on the subject chosen, a survey provides an opportunity to focus on specific issues in greater detail than is possible during an institutional inspection. Alternatively,…
Labour Market Statistics released yesterday show employment is at its highest since records began, and unemployment is decreasing rapidly, says Catherine Davie. But what impact does this have on poverty? While in-work poverty is a growing concern in the UK, we mustn’t forget that for those who are workless, gaining…
A three-year independent evaluation by the Mental Health Foundation into the outcomes of community mental health support delivered by Together for Mental Wellbeing has published its final report. Funded by the Department of Health, the evaluation was commissioned by Together to measure the effectiveness of Your Way, the charity’s model…
Fifty years on from the first Race Relations Act, new research from The University of Manchester and UCL finds that so-called ‘segregated’ Britain is both more diverse - and home to far wider inequalities – than originally thought. A review of the last three population censuses suggests that ethnic inequalities…
More clinical research involving children and young people is essential in improving the understanding of childhood disease, health experts have said. Evidence on many areas of children's illnesses and treatments remains limited because of a lack of research specifically around children, they argue. Concern about the ethics of involving children…
Support in Mind Scotland, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh has this week launched the report of the Scottish Schizophrenia Survey, 1 IN 100, to raise awareness of this much misunderstood condition. This survey captures the experiences of people living in Scotland with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and their…