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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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‘Wear a mask, get vaccinated and keep your distance’ – how to do YOUR bit to help the NHS in Devon this winter

The number of patients in Devon’s hospitals with Covid-19 has almost doubled in the first three weeks of October and is expected to continue rising as cases in the community increase.

This adds to the severe pressures that already exist in the local health and care system, leading health and care partners to remind people in Devon they can play a key role in keeping case numbers down.

The increasing rates of Covid in the community also impact on staffing. Currently 810 NHS staff in Devon are off work due to Covid. This accounts for almost 1 in 3 NHS staff absences, up...

Confused about booster jabs and flu vaccines? Here’s what you need to know

People in Devon are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter.

The COVID jab does not protect against flu so it is vital to have both vaccinations to reduce your chances of becoming unwell and needing hospital treatment. Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing extreme pressures in the run up to the very busy winter season.

Each winter, on average, 11,000 people in England die from flu and new government research suggests that adults in England are...

It’s not too late to have your Covid-19 vaccine first or second dose

People in Devon are being reminded it’s not too late to get their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Having both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 and the potential long term effects. After the second dose your chances of developing Long Covid halve; according to a study by King’s College London . It also significantly reduces your chances of needing treatment in hospital and the severity of symptoms.

The success of the vaccine programme, delivered by local GPs and NHS organisations, is the main reason...

The top 6 ways a hot tub can increase emotional wellness

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Tue, 10/12/2021 - 6:06am

Sometimes life can be stressful. Finding joy can be difficult when there are so many pressures. A hot tub at home can help you find joy. You can soothe your emotions and bring joy to your day by spending just 15 minutes at your spa each morning or evening.

These are six ways that a hot tub can improve your emotional well-being. Click here to learn more about hot tubbing and how it can benefit your life.

It is the people around us that make life so wonderful. Sometimes, however, it is difficult to find the time to appreciate them. It can be difficult to find the time in...

Devon’s health and care system under extreme pressure

Devon’s health and social care system is under extreme pressure due to high demand for services, sustained demand for Covid beds, pressure on staffing and the need for social care exceeding the available capacity.

Pressures are being seen across the system, in mental health care, primary care (GPs) and adult social care as well as our acute hospital trusts.

Dr Paul Johnson, Chair of NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We really need you to support us. Please ask yourself whether you have a genuine life-threatening emergency before attending an Emergency...

What are the best cosmetic procedures for hair loss?

Authored by Val Watson
Posted: Thu, 10/07/2021 - 3:47pm

According to statistics, about two-thirds of men experience some level of hair loss before their 35thbirthday. At 50 years, the numbers rise to 85 percent.

And yes, men aren’t the only ones who experience hair loss; at 40 years, 40 percent of ladies have visible hair loss.

So are you among the people experiencing hair loss? Don’t worry! hair restoration techniques have grown considerably in the past few years. Today, many solutions deliver quick, real and noticeable results.

Once more, these hair loss restoration procedures are known to change lives and restore...

Everything you need to know about the PCR test

If you have ever heard the term Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), then you are aware of one of the most important and hottest areas of research in recent years.

Polymerase chain reactions are the way that DNA is replicated within living cells. The replicating DNA is contained within the cytoplasm of the cells. Because of this, whenever DNA is duplicated, both the ends of the strand bond together creating a new strand.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a method used to quickly create millions and millions of copies of any DNA sample, enabling scientists to take an even...

Telemedicine in vet care

Telemedicine in Veterinary Medicine: Safety, Effectiveness and Popularity

Authored by Marek
Posted: Tue, 10/05/2021 - 11:49pm

Digital technologies penetrate all spheres of human activities and present both challenges and opportunities. In view of the rising pet population while the number of vet facilities is still flat, veterinary medicine can benefit technologies in terms of profession, professionals and pet owners. In today's article, we’ll elaborate on veterinary telemedicine. Could it be an effective and safe practice when a pet cannot say “I have eaten a ball” or show where it hurts. What are telemedicine adoption rates in veterinary practices? Let’s see.

As you know, telemedicine refers to remote...

Quit smoking with VOOPOO this October, backing vaping

Authored by Liv Butler
Posted: Thu, 09/30/2021 - 8:59am

From Manchester, York, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, to Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Cardiff, the VOOPOO Bus is coming to the UK in October, with a series of stop smoking activities in city centre squares, specialist vape stores and wholesale outlets, pushing the concept of "Quitting Smoking" into the minds of UK public.

Stoptober is a national campaign launched by the Public Health England each October to encourage smokers to quit. As of 2021, Stoptober has been running for ten years and has helped more than 2 million smokers to try to quit. VOOPOO, as the world's leading vape...

Why is water important?

Authored by Ellie Green
Posted: Mon, 09/27/2021 - 5:32pm

Water is essential to life. Without H20, life would not exist on planet Earth – and you would not be alive either. Stop taking in water, and you wouldn’t survive for long – at most three days. Therefore, staying well-hydrated with drinking water and consuming moisture-rich foods and help your body to perform at its best. You will find your skin improves, your hair shines, you are resistant to diseases and illnesses, and your level of alertness and mental wellbeing is high. All in all, drinking water is a very good idea.

How much water should I drink?

For optimum health,...

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