All press releases (health and wellbeing)

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Britain in 2014

The state of Britain today debated at flagship festival event

Leading social scientists will reflect on some of the country’s most pressing issues at a showcase event on Thursday 7 November. The evening will also see launch of Britain in 2014, the ESRC's definitive annual magazine featuring key data and expert opinion on the state of the nation today.

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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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Maori culture teaches us that families are crucial to helping with mental health crises

Health service providers could learn from New Zealand Maoris when it comes to helping adults who have had mental health problems to get back on their feet, new research suggests. In Maori culture close family and friends are intimately involved with helping people with difficulties, and such family-based approaches appear to have advantages over conventional methods where professionals tend to take the lead.

Children

Language difficulties can last a lifetime

People who suffer from language difficulties as children may continue to suffer from various emotional and behavioural problems as adults, according to new research. The research will be presented at an event as part of the annual Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.

Elderly Care

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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Kids know what makes them happy

Fridays are definitely the best day of the week and one of the things likely to make many school children happy, according to an annual innovative schools event on happiness that takes place during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science

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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.

Andy Murray

Finding Murray's magic

Research suggests that it is Andy Murray’s ability to manage his goals, as well as his skill, determination and motivation that makes him such a successful athlete according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council

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How family conflict affects children

New research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) reveals why some children are badly affected by negative family conflicts while other children survive without significant problems.

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Depression: why life can feel out of control

People with depression often feel their life is out of control. Research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) suggests that these feeling may be caused by subtle changes in the way depressed people perceive time and process their surroundings.

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UK-India Initiative on Social Sciences PhD Partnering launched

A new UK-India PhD Partnering Initiative in the Social Sciences has been launched with funding from the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), and the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR)

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A picture of health in schools

Feeling comfortable and confident in sport, health, or PE can be very difficult for some young people who can be seen as a 'risk' of becoming obese. Young people from ethnic minorities, especially girls, are more likely to be physically inactive and unhealthy.

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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

Elderly lady

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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Technology use in the classroom helps autistic children communicate

The use of technology in the classroom is nothing new, but Topcliffe Primary School in Birmingham is breaking new ground by using technology to help pupils with autism communicate more effectively in a project jointly funded by the ESRC and the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)

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Life does get under your skin

‘Social medicines’ are beneficial to the health and wellbeing of individuals and the population. By combining social and biological information from UK Longitudinal studies (life-course studies) researchers have identified that the more ‘social medicines’ you have, the better your physical and mental health.

Tsunami

What natural disasters can teach us

Learning about surviving disasters has resulted in a unique bank of research data which provides insights into what makes an effective community response at this critical time. Community responses are key to helping children and young people who survive major natural disasters.

Father and Children

'Adoption activity days' can help children find new families

Children’s parties or activity days, where prospective adopters meet children awaiting adoption, could be part of the solution to the current adoption crisis, according to research that will be showcased during the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)’s Festival of Social Science.

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Getting CLOSER to cohort studies

A world-leading initiative which brings together some of the most important studies of people’s lives in the UK, has been launched today by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).

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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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Obese kids as bright as thinner peers

Obesity is not to blame for poor educational performance, according to early findings from research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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