Posts for health

Exeter Uni research shows Covid-19 affecting mental health

From Exeter University:   A fifth of people have reported experiencing mental health issues and a third of people are feeling isolated because of the coronavirus pandemic, a major new survey shows. A total of 25 per cent of women who took part in the research reported mental health issues […]

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Be tick aware as rare infection identified in Devon

From Devon County Council:   Devon’s Public Health team has issued a warning to residents and visitors to be ‘tick aware’ as the first UK-acquired case babesiosis is identified in Devon. Babesiosis is a rare infection caused by a tiny parasite which infects red blood cells and is spread by the […]

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Parents advised not to use ‘cute’ face masks on babies

From Devon County Council: Parents and guardians of babies under 12 months are advised not to cover their mouths with face masks as it could cause breathing difficulties. While there have been no reports of ‘baby masks’ being sold in Devon, Torbay or Somerset, parents and guardians are urged not […]

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Exeter Uni says dementia is a risk factor for COVID-19

Rom Exeter University: A new analysis shows which certain pre-existing diseases may put older people at risk of developing more severe COVID-19, implying they may need special treatments and more shielding. A team based at the University of Exeter and the University of Connecticut in the USA found that older […]

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UK deaths in doctors from COVID-19 are mainly in over 60s

Research from The University of Exeter: An editorial paper has reviewed the evidence and found that most of the UK deaths in doctors from COVID-19 are aged over 60. The paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, was co-authored by Professor Azeem Majeed, Imperial College London, and colleagues, including Dr Bharat […]

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Coastguard called to assist child with head injury on Devon beach

From Bideford coastguard:   Yesterday afternoon at around 1 pm, the Bideford  Coastguard team was paged by UK Coastguard to assist a child with a head injury on the beach at Appledore Lifeboat station. The team provided casualty care until the arrival of the Ambulance service. The news comes as […]

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Boots offers safe spaces to victims of domestic abuse

From today, victims of domestic abuse will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies consultation rooms where they can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. Launched by charity Hestia’s UK SAYS NO MORE campaign, the scheme is in response to the desperate situation facing many victims who are isolating with perpetrators during lockdown.    Hestia says it has already seen a 47 per cent increase in […]

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60 plus group at higher than average risk

From University of Exeter: A new editorial has summarised evidence and concluded that people aged 60-69 are at risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19. Writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Azeem Majeed, Head of the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at […]

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And here’s some good news for Earth Day …

From university of Exeter: Thousands of trees have been planted in former rainforest land in the Amazon, nourishing the soil and providing impoverished Brazilians with food and increased incomes. The land – in the Amazon’s “arc of deforestation” – is being turned into small scale “silvopastoral” systems, where animals graze […]

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Non-urgent appointments at NDGH being postponed

From North Devon Healthcare Trust: Non-urgent outpatient appointments in Northern Devon are being postponed to allow staff to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. Given the latest instructions from the Government to stay at home to combat the coronavirus epidemic and to enable the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust to free […]

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