Posts for health

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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Zero tolerance for this behaviour – quite rightly!

From Devon & Cornwall Police: A woman has been jailed for six months for spitting in a police officer’s face. On Friday 3 April, Judith Christopher, 42, from Exeter, was found to be in breach of the government’s Covid-19 social distancing rules and subsequently refused to comply with response officers’ […]

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Deep thanks to shop workers, too

It’s curious times when a shopping trip is worth writing about, but let’s hear it for small food shops and those who work in supermarkets, in the supply chain, indeed anyone who is working to provide us all with food. My shopping trip today was the first since last weekend, […]

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Traffic down but some people still haven’t got the message

North Devon RPU(road policing) tweeted yesterday about how they stopped a tourist entering Devon. Sergeant Steve BJ said of the campervan: Birmingham to North Devon is not in the spirit of fighting the Virus. The North Devon Roads Policing team are patrolling and will stop and ask why you are […]

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