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More than a third (36%) of adults in the UK who think they are merely overweight are actually clinically obese and at risk of major health problems, research has found. Meanwhile a fifth of Britons (21%) who consider themselves normal or healthy weight are actually officially classified as being overweight,…
The University of Reading has launched a new campaign to support research into a new treatment for teenage depression, and to highlight the lack of global research in this area. The Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) Fundraising Appeal aims to raise money to further test and develop Brief Behavioural Action (BBA),…
Offenders enrolled in alcohol treatment programmes as part of their sentence are significantly less likely to be charged or reconvicted in the 12 months following their programme, a study led by Plymouth University has shown. Researchers from the University’s School of Psychology led a project, supported by the European Social…
The Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) have announced the release of number 29 in their series of IRISS Insights, Prison leavers and homelessness. This evidence summary examines the relationship between homelessness and offending, the impact of prison, key challenges and messages for practice. This Insight forms…
Analysis of the use of the IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy) service in England from April 2013 to March 2014. This report: identifies patterns and trends in the use of independent mental capacity advocates highlights where more can be done so that everyone entitled to advocacy has access to it…
The Health and Social Care Research and Development (HSC R&D) Division of the Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland have announced announce the launch of their new website at www.research.hscni.net The work of the HSC R&D Division is based on the principle that the best health and social care must…
New research shows that children with autism are better at combining information about moving objects than their peers, which may explain why they experience sensory overload. The study conducted by the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) asked 33 children with autism and 33 typical children aged between 6 and 13…
Patients receiving care from commercial providers of out-of-hours care report poorer ratings of care when compared with not-for-profit or NHS providers, a new study has shown. In the first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed results from more than 80,000 eligible…
Scientists have uncovered a mechanism that links high blood sugar with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation this week. The research was carried out in mice by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine. It showed that high levels of the sugar glucose,…
Exercise through gaming or 'exergaming' could be a viable alternative to help people with Multiple Sclerosis live happier and more active lives, researchers at Teesside University have found. The new study revealed that using the Nintendo Wii Fit game was equal to traditional physiotherapy balance exercises for improving the balance…
Skills for Health has commissioned a new report that explores the latest available research, a literature review of existing evidence and current opinion around the use of Assistant Practitioners in the NHS. It investigates the benefits of their use against the barriers of their implementation in the industry and explores…
‌At the height of the election campaign, Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron earned more coverage than women who were actually standing for Parliament. And female politicians are and have been largely invisible in the media, according to research by a University of Huddersfield lecturer. Deirdre O’Neill, a Senior Lecturer in…