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Local NHS chief urges people to get vital second jab

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second vital and lifesaving dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.

With everyone over the age of 21 now able to book in for the lifesaving vaccine, eligible people are being urged to get their first or second jab as soon as possible.


The impact of Covid-19 and the state of vaccines

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Posted: Wed, 06/16/2021 - 7:09am

Covid-19 was first reported in Chinese media on December 31, 2019, and it has fundamentally changed how we live our lives. Coronavirus gripped the entire world in just a few short months, and nothing has since been the same. Covid-19 is unlike anything else we’ve ever seen, and we were not prepared for it. It has been one of the most contagious diseases to date, and it is hard to contain once it starts to spread. It has upended our lives and forced us to reimagine social and work habits. Remote engagements have skyrocketed, and people are encouraged to work from home. All this is expected...

Exeter doctor to launch diabetes education programme in Denmark

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 06/14/2021 - 11:28pm

A diabetes expert at the University of Exeter has been awarded a fellowship at the Danish Diabetes Academy to develop an education programme to help people with Type 1 diabetes to exercise safely.

The programme will also help to grow important research into Type 1 diabetes and exercise in Denmark.

Professor Rob Andrews is Associate Professor of Diabetes at the University of Exeter and a consultant at the Somerset NHS Foundation Trust. He will be based at the Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen.

He will bring together a group of experts in the field of physical...

How to learn from new experiences

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 06/14/2021 - 4:46pm

New experiences and hard experiences can be painful and challenging. But the truth is, if you stay in your comfort zone and never try new things, you won’t grow as a person. Emotional and personal growth is very valuable, but it’s often a tough experience. Here are ways you can take new experiences and learn and grow from them.

Treat yourself

If you’re trying to talk yourself into trying something new or planning to broaden your horizons in some way, the idea might leave you anxious. Sometimes, even when you really don’t want to do something, you have to. In these situations,...

The connection between diet and skin health

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 06/14/2021 - 6:00am

Diets have become modern-day remedies for the largest organ of our body, i.e., skin. The link between diet and skin is controversial, but recent studies have shown that food is 25% of the reason behind acne breakouts and skin problems.

It does not matter if you visit a dermatologist or not; you need to understand the relationship between a healthy diet & healthy skin. If you want to promote healthy skin, then you should consider adopting healthy nutritional habits.

Correlation between skin and food habits

Keratinization, a chaos of the turnover of the skin cells,...

Movement & the Mind: A Pioneering Interactive Conference

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:19pm

A virtual conference recognising, exploring, and celebrating the connections between mind, body, and planet.

Active Devon is working with local GP and medical educationalist Dr Lucy Loveday to host Movement & the Mind, a one-day international, interactive event. It will recognise, explore and celebrate the connections between mind, body and planet.

The virtual conference is taking place on Friday 18th June. Delegates will hear from a global community of experts, adventurers and advocates. There will also be leaders from across many disciplines. These include medicine...

An ‘incredible’ achievement: six months of Covid-19 vaccinations in Devon  

Devon vaccination programme marks six-month milestone

The efforts of the staff and volunteers have been hailed as ‘incredible’ as Devon’s vaccination programme marks its six-month milestone.

More than 1.3 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given locally in the six months since 81-year-old Kathleen Viney became the first person to have the vaccination in Devon.

Between 8 December and 30 May, 769,059 people in Devon received a first vaccine dose and 553,204 second doses have been given as part of the fastest vaccination programme in British history.


How to determine which exfoliator is perfect for your skin with SKINFOOD

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 06/10/2021 - 6:56am

The skin can shed an estimated 500 million skin cells a day, but the natural exfoliating process of our skin only happens every 30 to 35 days. Unfortunately, it slows down even more as we grow older, which is why we need to exfoliate our skin as much as our skin needs us to prevent dead skin cell buildup.

Like other skincare products, exfoliating greatly depends on a person’s skin type. That said, you cannot blindly follow beauty vlogs only because it worked for them. Whenever it comes to skincare, you have to remember that every skin requires different care. Here, you will find...

Doctors in Devon remind their patients “We are here for you”

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 06/08/2021 - 11:27am

Devon’s GPs practices have been working tirelessly over the last year, managing the pandemic response and delivery of the NHS COVOD-19 vaccination programme. But they want to remind people that GP practices are open and patients should get in touch when they need to.

Over the last 12 months in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay there have been:

  • More than 4 million face to face appointments in general practice over the last year
  • More than 2 million telephone consultations
  • More than 500,000 online consultations

While the number reduced...

Teeth implants in Poland – Everything you need to know

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 1:15pm

Have you heard about the concept of “dental tourism”? Agreed it may sound weird, but it's actually not a new term. If you’re unfamiliar with the phenomenon though, allow us to make it clear with the help of a simple definition. Combining your overseas vacation with your dental schedule is termed as dental tourism. Bet that’ll give you a tickle!

Dental tourism is one of the most interesting fads to have emerged in the past few years. Come to think of it, it’s a two-for-one deal, and rightfully so. You get to visit a foreign country to enjoy some sight-seeing and also plan to...

‘I need therapy, but I can’t afford it.’ What are your options?

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Mon, 06/07/2021 - 12:22pm

We often cite lack of awareness as one of the main reasons why more people don’t seek therapy, but this is not the only obstacle keeping Great Britain from having better levels of mental health. In the past year, stress and anxiety have affected everyone, from students to the elderly, and studies have shown that factors such as social distancing, job loss, and loneliness will have a lasting impact on our mental health. But, despite more people being aware of the importance of therapy than ever before, not everyone is financially prepared to attend sessions. Therapy is more affordable than...
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