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Dementia isn't the end of fun!

Ways in which popular technologies can be used to enable people with dementia to have fun as well as unlock memories and enhance communication with relatives and carers will be showcased during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

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Risk averse carers hasten dementia decline

Focussing only on keeping people with dementia physically safe can actually contribute to the person’s decline and result in the unnecessary loss of a person's skills

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Enjoying the great outdoors – nature's own stress buster

Nature has beneficial effects that help us cope with stress at work, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The research highlights the power of the 'great outdoors' to improve both physiological and psychological wellbeing.

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Unique software supports behavioural intervention programmes

The internet offers users a cost-effective way of accessing information and advice on any health problem, 24-hours a day. A group of social scientists has taken advantage of this by developing software which enables other researchers to easily create interactive internet-based intervention programmes to support behavioural change

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Research improves social care training in Cornwall

With reports of abuse in care settings rising, it has never been more vital that staff are trained to provide the highest standards of care to vulnerable people. For this reason Cornwall Council enlisted the help of ESRC-funded researchers from Plymouth University to improve training for their social care workforce.

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Trained NHS therapists can help insomniacs

Insomnia sufferers in England could have greater access to successful treatment, thanks to a training programme developed as part of trials of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Tackling financial exploitation of elderly people

Professionals who are in close contact with elderly people could soon be in a better position to spot if they are being financially exploited thanks to a pioneering new study funded by the UK Research Councils’ New Dynamics of Ageing programme (NDA)

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Dignity counts when caring for older people

Older people feel that their health problems pose a challenge to their sense of independence, dignity and identity and sometimes the health care they are given makes things worse

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Can we share vampires’ appetite for synthetic blood?

Vampires on the True Blood television series are already enjoying the advantages of synthetic blood. While this may seem to be only the imagination on the big screen, the true benefits of blood manufactured from embryonic stem cells may be less than a decade away.

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Living with dementia and making decisions

People with dementia can still make decisions in their everyday lives and with support from partners can continue to do so as their condition advances. This is one of the preliminary findings of a two-year research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

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Resilience amongst the long term ill

People who have a long term debilitating physical illness demonstrate mental resilience according to Understanding Society. The first findings reveal that people diagnosed with cancer, diabetes, respiratory or cardiovascular disease report similar mental health scores to those without physical illness.

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Tipping points – the future of the pharmaceutical industry

Research by ESRC's Innogen centre shows that radical reform of the drugs industry regulatory system must be an important part of the solution to ensure a productive and profitable pharmaceutical sector, both globally and in the UK.

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The hidden impact of AIDS on South African children

December 1st is World AIDS day. There are 33.4 million people worldwide living with HIV, 67 per cent in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. In South Africa alone, 5.6 million people are HIV-positive, with only 22 per cent having access to anti-retroviral medication.

Young people paint a picture of health

Youth homelessness and eating disorders are two areas of health highlighted by young people in Cardiff in a project that uses digital technology to create short films which detail public health issues.

Reshaping the UK through innovation

High-growth and innovation are essential if the UK wants to successfully surface from the recession. Research has an important role to play in successfully introducing new improved services, products, processes and business models to support the business sector.

Words matter in public health

Giving people a sense of being in control is an important element in health messages, according to researchers at Nottingham and De Montfort universities.

Experts discuss disease-fight dollars for developing world

The debate over how to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars earmarked to fight AIDS and other killer diseases in developing countries will come under the spotlight at a meeting of international experts today (April 6).

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