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NIHR supported study run in Exeter publishes COVID-19 booster data

Six COVID-19 vaccines are safe and boost immunity for people who have had two doses of AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech, results from the UK-wide COV-BOOST trial show.

The world-first study, which recruited volunteers at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, was key to shaping the UK booster programme and gives vital evidence for global vaccination efforts. The study, led by University Hospital Southampton, has had its latest results published in The Lancet.

COV-BOOST looked at the safety, immune responses and side-effects of seven vaccines when used as a third,...

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Over 50s urged to have free flu vaccine this winter as scientists predict significant outbreak

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Posted: Thu, 12/02/2021 - 11:27pm

Over-50s in Devon are being urged to take up their FREE NHS flu vaccine as experts warn of a significant flu outbreak this winter.

Flu is not just a heavy cold. It is a highly infectious disease, causing fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. It can’t be treated by antibiotics because it is a virus.

Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days but, for some, it can increase the risk of developing more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia, or can make existing conditions worse. The virus can...

Public urged to wait their turn as booster programme expands in Devon

This week the UK government announced the booster programme is being significantly expanded to fight the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that current vaccines are likely to be at least partially effective against the Omicron variant and that having the booster offers a much higher antibody response against Covid-19.

Around 50,000 people are already being vaccinated against Covid-19 each week in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay. The NHS is working to increase this capacity following the announcement that the booster...

The pros and cons of using BetterHelp Therapy

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Tue, 11/30/2021 - 10:58pm

BetterHelp Therapy is an online platform that provides counselling services. The platform has qualified, licensed and experienced therapists that include psychologists, clinical social workers, professional counselors, family therapists and mental health professionals.

However, you can only access BetterHelp therapy services online using a computer, tablet or a smartphone and not in person.

To understand BetterHelp Therapy better, here are its pros and cons. You can also look at these BetterHelp reviews .


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Poor sleep linked to feeling older and worse outlook on ageing, which can impact health

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Posted: Mon, 11/29/2021 - 11:36pm

Poor sleep in the over 50s is linked to more negative perceptions of ageing, which in turn can impact physical, mental and cognitive health, new research has revealed.

A study led by the University of Exeter and found that people who rated their sleep the worst also felt older, and perceived their own physical and mental ageing more negatively.

Lead author Serena Sabatini, of the University of Exeter, said: “As we age, we all experience both positive and negative changes in many areas of our lives. However, some people perceive more negative changes than others. As we...

Concern regarding undiagnosed liver disease in Devon

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Posted: Sun, 11/28/2021 - 11:12pm

One in five adults in the South West could have undiagnosed liver disease, the British Liver Trust’s Love Your Liver mobile screening and scanning unit found after visiting the region in November.

The charity visited Truro, Plymouth, Exeter, Bristol and Cheltenham, and scanned passers-by who were interested in finding out more about their liver health. Of the 268 people scanned, 50 (19%) had a high reading and were sent to their doctor for further tests.

The numbers of people with a high reading varied across the region: One in four people in Truro were sent to their...

Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 11/27/2021 - 5:32pm

As winter approaches, doctors in Devon are reminding people that by practising self-care, they can help themselves and reduce the need to use busy NHS services.

Self-care involves helping people to better understand how to look after minor illnesses or long-term conditions, and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for good physical and mental wellbeing.

Dr Alex Degan, NHS Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director, said: “It is really important to look after yourself, especially as we are getting closer to winter, with both flu and Covid-19 likely to both be...

People with a learning disability urged to have the flu vaccine

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 9:04pm

Children and adults with learning disabilities, as well as their family members or paid supporters are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine this winter.

Preventing flu is particularly important for people with learning disabilities. It can lead to pneumonia and sepsis, which many people with a learning disability are much more vulnerable to than the general population.

People with learning disabilities are less likely to get the flu if people around them have also been vaccinated. Family carers can get the flu vaccination for free if they’re the main carer, as can...

Don’t ignore cancer symptoms, warns Macmillan nurse

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 11/21/2021 - 10:11pm

The message comes ahead of Lung Cancer Awareness Month amid reports of a rise in emergency hospital admissions

Don’t ignore cancer symptoms, warns Macmillan nurse. The message comes in Lung Cancer Awareness Month amid reports of a rise in emergency hospital admissions

Lung cancer nurses from Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Trust are urging people not to ignore the early signs and symptoms of lung cancer amid reports of a rise in emergency hospital admissions.

Sandra Pope, Lung Nurse Specialist and Melanie Crimmins, Macmillian Lung Nurse Specialists at Royal...

The Vitamins and Minerals Brits need during the colder months

Authored by Claire Small
Posted: Fri, 11/19/2021 - 11:19pm

As we are now into the colder months of the year and the likelihood of spending lots of our time indoors again, experts have warned which vitamins and minerals our bodies will be deficient in, this winter.

To ensure our bodies are as strong and healthy as possible, experts from Scandinavian health and beauty brand, New Nordic , have explained the key ingredients certain foods can support towards a healthier immune system after new research has found 53% of Brits want to improve their diet and skin.

Karl Kristian, founder of New Nordic, has named five key vitamins and...

People in Devon praised for having Covid booster vaccinations

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:02pm

People in Devon have been thanked for taking up their invitation to have a booster Covid-19 dose.

Walk-in clinics have been very busy and extra appointments are being offered, where possible, to meet demand.

During peak demand, people who have booked appointments may be given priority and walk in clinics may be paused temporarily to maintain safe numbers and social distancing.

People are being asked to book, if possible, and come prepared for a wait.

NHS Devon’s Chief Nurse, Darryn Allcorn said: “I want to thank everyone who has booked or had their...

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