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Could physical activity help minimise drug and alcohol use?

Posted on December 17th 2020
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Could physical activity help minimise drug and alcohol use?

Figures and surveys have shown that high-risk alcohol consumption increased during lockdown periods, while exercise decreased.

Now researchers are exploring whether increased physical activity could help reduce alcohol and drug misuse long after social restrictions have lifted. 

A research team, co-led by Professor of Health Services Research, Professor Adrian Taylor, recently carried out two reviews of existing studies, which showed that little data was available and more work was needed to understand the links between physical activity and its effects on alcohol and drug use. 

By understanding the evidence already available, the researchers are able to take the next steps towards creating evidence for the...

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£300,000 from NIHR to investigate the views of older adults on strategies to improve recovery from planned surgery

Posted on December 10th 2020
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£300,000 from NIHR to investigate the views of older adults on strategies to improve recovery from planned surgery

A team of researchers from across the University of Exeter Medical School, Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, the EPPI-Centre at University College London and PenARC has secured £300,000 in funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to continue their work into the impact of strategies to improve the recovery of older adults undergoing planned surgery.

The research builds on work completed by the Exeter Health Services & Delivery Research Evidence Synthesis Centre last year, which comprehensively evaluated the effectiveness of hospital-led interventions that aim to improve the recovery of older adults undergoing planned surgical procedures requiring an...

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'Why physical activity matters more than ever'

Posted on December 1st 2020
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Professor of Health Service Research, Adrian Taylor, discusses motivation, exercise schemes, and the future impact on the NHS

Physical inactivity, which results in conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, low mood, and high blood pressure, costs the NHS over £455 million every year – and the contribution to excess morbidity and mortality since the COVID pandemic have still to be calculated.

Exercise not only helps people with long-term conditions better manage their health but also boosts the immune system. So how can we support more people to be physically active?

It’s not just about putting on different sessions and telling people...

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