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All adults urged to have second jabs at eight weeks

People in Devon are being urged to bring forward their second Covid-19 vaccination to reduce the interval between doses to eight weeks. They can either rebook their appointment or attend one of the many walk-in clinics being held around Devon.

All adults are now eligible to have the second dose of their Covid-19 vaccination eight weeks after the first.

The Government has recently brought forward a second dose for those under 40, shortening the interval to eight weeks for all age groups. Subject to supply remaining stable, this means that all adults will have had the...

£3.7 million for Exeter to develop student wellbeing approach for higher education sector

New research by the University of Exeter and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will evaluate and establish the best model to support student wellbeing across the university sector.

Led by Professor Ed Watkins, at the University of Exeter, the project will seek to develop and evaluate an approach that encompasses an integrated model across whole universities. Against a backdrop of a rise in mental health conditions in young people, the project team will work with students and university leaders to develop inclusive student wellbeing and mental health support, which will...

Simple skincare routine anyone can follow

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Sun, 06/27/2021 - 7:48am

Everybody wants to have beautiful, radiant skin but unfortunately many people in this world suffer from bad skin, the sad reality is that people try many different products and methods but nothing seems to work. One of the problems is that people use these products but they don’t have a skincare routine, which is vital to help your skin stay healthy. Throughout the day you shed skin cells so it is important to keep your skin in tip top condition and maintain that glow! Another problem is that people will have a skincare routine but do many things incorrectly, so if you want to create a...

Grab a jab: Weekend of walk-in vaccine clinics

Grab a jab: Weekend of walk-in vaccine clinics

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 06/26/2021 - 11:09pm

Vaccine centres in Devon are offering “grab a jab” walk in clinics this weekend, adults of all ages can get their vaccinations without needing an appointment or an NHS number.

As the nation gears up for the removal of Covid restrictions in July, it is more important than ever that people get both doses of their vaccine, to protect themselves and those around them.

The clinics will offer people having their first jab either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The walk-in clinics allow people to attend at a time that is convenient for them and means groups of friends can...

Glaucoma – the silent thief of sight

Glaucoma – the silent thief of sight

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/24/2021 - 9:26pm

EXPERTS are urging Devon people to have regular eye checks to help protect them from glaucoma – one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.

Research shows that by 2035 the number of people living with glaucoma in the UK is expected to increase by 44%. However, due to its gradual onset, many people don’t realise they have the condition before it is too late. That is why this Glaucoma Awareness Week (June 28 to July 4) Specsavers, together with Glaucoma UK, is raising awareness of what to look out for as well as the importance of regular eye tests.

Giles Edmonds,...

10 ways to look after your emotional health right now

In these strange times, here are some simple ways you can take care of yourself

The past year has been tough for us all, and it’s never been more important to take care of yourself. With that in mind, here are 10 ways to look after your mental and emotional health in these troubling times.

Talk about it

Talking about your feelings is essential for taking stock of your mood and staying in good mental health. It can also help you deal with your emotions better in times of trouble. Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a health professional, find someone you can be honest with....

Seven-minute triple antibody test launches to general public in Exeter

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Wed, 06/23/2021 - 1:40pm

Attomarker, a spin-out company from the University of Exeter, has launched its new COVID-19 seven-minute Triple Antibody test to the general public at Holmedale Health in the city. The test, which is unique in the market, will tell patients whether they have antibodies against the virus either from a previous infection or from the vaccine.

The launch in its home city follows positive results from an initial patient study at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. It delivers laboratory quality, quantitative results in seven minutes, with a 95% sensitivity and 96% specificity, providing...

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

Authored by
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,...
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