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Hypnosis could help to reduce the fear of medical procedures in children and young people with cancer.
New research has found promising evidence that hypnosis can reduce the distress associated with injections and other needle procedures, such as extracting bone marrow and giving chemotherapy.
Previous research has shown that these procedures often provoke more anxiety in children and young people than the cancer itself. Up to half of children with cancer experience clinically significant emotional distress. This can cause additional anguish for the child and for their families and have a long-lasting impact on mental health.
Researchers from PenCLAHRC and the University of...Read more
PenCLAHRC Director, Professor Stuart Logan, has spoken to BBC Radio Devon about the problems behind lengthy wait times for non-urgent NHS operations.
Many NHS patients who require non-urgent surgery are finding that they are faced with longer and longer waiting lists. Over 300 people in the South West have now been waiting for treatment for over 12 months.
In conversation with Janet Kipling on BBC Radio Devon, Stuart notes that this is because the NHS is under heavy strain as demand for resource increases.
“Fundamentally we just don’t have the kind of resources to be able to deliver the kind of health care that people...Read more
Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP) is common among children, with up to 25% of children with RAP experiencing pain that interferes with their daily life. It is a diagnosis which is given once all other serious conditions have been ruled out, and is classified as pain that has no other identifiable cause. RAP is also associated with other symptoms including headaches, limb pain, and vomiting, and can lead to school absences, hospital admissions, and a higher chance of appendix removal.
The cause of RAP is unclear, and parents have often tried everything they can think of before taking their child to the...Read more
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has recognised another researcher at the University of Exeter Medical School as being one of the most outstanding health researchers in the UK.
Professor Stuart Logan, Director of PenCLAHRC and Cerebra Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology, has been made NIHR Senior Investigator for his commitment to the field. It means the Medical School now has four professors recognised with the NIHR’s prestigious title.
In all his roles, Professor Logan is committed to generating research with direct relevance to policy and practice, and helping to make research more accessible and useful to practitioners, the public and health...Read more
PenCLAHRC is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the launch of three collaborative research projects.
These projects, funded by the AHSN and undertaken jointly with PenCLAHRC, will focus on the areas of stroke, diagnosing heart attacks and the management of long-term conditions.
Following on from PenCLAHRC’s award-winning research on stroke treatment pathways, the Emergency Treatment of Ischaemic Stroke project will build on these successes to investigate how to achieve a step-change in the emergency stroke treatment pathway across the South West Peninsula. Led by PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, this project aims to create...Read more