News 2016

York diabetes expert awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Posted on Thursday 8 December 2016

A University of York specialist practitioner has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship - the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Nursing associate trainers

Posted on Monday 5 December 2016

The Department of Health Sciences has joined forces with York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to train students in the new nursing associate role.

Record number of heart patients taking part in rehabilitation - But female patients being left behind

Posted on Friday 2 December 2016

Record numbers of people are taking part in rehabilitation following a heart attack, according to new figures released by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

The pathways of patients

Posted on Wednesday 23 November 2016

Artist Jacob van der Beugel has collaborated with Health Sciences’ Epidemiology and Cancer Statistics Group (ECSG) and the Haematological Malignancy Research Network (HMRN) to highlight certain aspects of haematological malignancies, commonly known as blood cancers.

Global experts launch report on climate change health crisis

Posted on Monday 14 November 2016

A University of York academic is one of 48 world leading experts to contribute to the inaugural Lancet report amid warnings of a “catastrophic risk to human health” from climate change.

Classroom-based sex education programmes largely ineffectual, but incentives to stay at school can help

Posted on Tuesday 8 November 2016

A global review of school-based interventions for preventing HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and pregnancy in adolescents shows sex education programmes have no impact in lowering numbers of young people affected, although staying on at school can reduce pregnancy and some STIs.

Loneliness in later life

Posted on Tuesday 18 October 2016

Mental health researchers from the Department of Health Sciences have contributed an article to an NHS magazine about loneliness in later life.

Restart a Heart Day 2016

Posted on Monday 17 October 2016

Students and staff from Health Sciences help teach others how to 'restart a heart'.

Ian Hamilton presents to the House of Lords

Posted on Friday 14 October 2016

A lecturer from the Department of Health Sciences has been asked to present evidence to the House of Lords.

Research paper of the year award for Peter Coventry

Posted on Tuesday 4 October 2016

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has named a research study led by Dr Peter Coventry (Mental Health and Addiction Research Group) Research Paper of the Year in the neurology, mental health and dementia category.

Department hosts Thalidomide seminar

Posted on Thursday 29 September 2016

The historical and contemporary perspectives around the legacy of Thalidomide will be discussed at a seminar hosted by the Department of Health Sciences this week.

Top UN challenges

Posted on Friday 23 September 2016

A new study assessing the status of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has revealed that overweight children, adult drinking and death caused by violence continue to be significant hurdles in many nations’ development.

Olivia new Learning Disabilities editor

Posted on Wednesday 21 September 2016

Student Olivia Lindsay-Gould has become the Student Nursing Times editor for Learning Disability Nursing.

To move forwards on inequality we must not go back to grammar schools

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Income inequality is strongly correlated with low social mobility, with lower average educational performance and with bigger gaps in educational attainment between rich and poor children.

Calls for greater transparency in the release of clinical trial data

Posted on Tuesday 20 September 2016

Researchers have called for greater transparency in the public release of clinical trial data after a study revealed significant under-reporting of side effects in medical treatments.

Cancer pain toolkit wins award

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

A toolkit about tackling cancer pain was highly commended at the BMA Patient Information Awards in London.

No clear threshold to diagnose and treat diabetes during pregnancy

Posted on Wednesday 14 September 2016

A new study conducted by researchers at the Universities of York and Bristol, and the NHS Bradford Institute for Health Research shows there is an urgent need to find the best threshold to balance the potential benefits and harms of diabetes treatment during pregnancy.

Nursing student wins award from York Teaching Hospital

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2016

Health Sciences’ student nurse Charlotte Taylor has won a prestigious STAR Award from York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Drugs fatalities overtake car fatalities for the first time

Posted on Friday 9 September 2016

New figures show drug deaths overtake car fatalities

More Americans are using cannabis - and view it as harmless

Posted on Friday 9 September 2016

More Americans are using cannabis - and view it as harmless according to a new study.

Should the government make us healthy? York hosts major conference

Posted on Thursday 8 September 2016

The University of York will host the Society for Social Medicine’s (SSM) annual conference from 14 – 16 September.

Yorkshire and Humberside Clinical Skills and Simulation network (YHCSSN) to hold meeting in York

Posted on Friday 26 August 2016

The Department of Health Sciences will be hosting the next meeting of the YHCSSN

Does cardiac rehab favour the young over the old?

Posted on Friday 5 August 2016

Researchers at the BHF Research Group in the Department of Health Sciences have been investigating whether cardiac rehabilitation programmes are inadvertently favouring younger patients over older ones in terms of reducing risk in cardiovascular disease.

Student nurses speak out against tuition fee decision

Posted on Tuesday 2 August 2016

Student nurses have spoken out about their dismay at the Government's decision to scrap bursaries and instead introduce tuition fees for nurses and midwives.

Is cannabis really getting stronger?

Posted on Monday 1 August 2016

Cannabis is the world's favourite illicit drug but recent reports on increased potency have led to public health fears. How reliable is the evidence? And is cannabis really getting stronger?

Funding secured for study to improve information for patients with chronic blood cancers

Posted on Friday 22 July 2016

A team of researchers from the Department of Health Sciences has been awarded funding for a three year study to develop improved information resources to help patients and doctors make decisions about the management of chronic blood cancers (including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, follicular lymphoma and myeloma).

Public health researcher elected to British Academy

Posted on Friday 15 July 2016

Public health researcher Professor Hilary Graham has been elected Fellow of the British Academy.

Born in Bradford awarded new research grant

Posted on Wednesday 6 July 2016

A project that tracks the lives and health of more than 13,500 children across the city has been awarded a £3m grant to expand its research

Delirium research in care homes: Trojan Horses and Holy Grails!

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2016

Najma Siddiqi is a clinical senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences and Hull York Medical School. In a blog post for the British Geriatrics' Society, she discusses her paper "The PiTSTOP study: a feasibility cluster randomized trial of delirium prevention in care homes for older people" which was published in the journal Age and Ageing.

Public Health Service 'ill-equipped' to provide treatment for cannabis users despite surge in numbers seeking help

Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2016

Researchers argue that the lack of available treatment and understanding around cannabis dependency is a major public health concern, with users often being ignored

Britain has the highest use of laughing gas in the world

Posted on Friday 17 June 2016

According to latest Global Drug Survey laughing gas is now the seventh most popular drug in the 50 countries surveyed.

A drug prescribed to treat alcohol dependence could be ineffective

Posted on Wednesday 15 June 2016

Researchers find a drug to treat alcohol dependence could be ineffective after a study found that the evidence-base was weak

The truth about migrants and the NHS

Posted on Monday 13 June 2016

What is the truth about how migration affects the NHS? Professor Karen Bloor of the Department of Health Sciences has taken a look at this thorny issue.

Researchers develop app to help smokeless tobacco users quit

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Researchers in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York have developed an app to help users of smokeless tobacco quit.

Effective treatments for cannabis use hampered by “benign” image – conference told

Posted on Wednesday 8 June 2016

Some cannabis users have developed an “inverted expertise” on the drug – often equipped with more up-to-date knowledge than the people trying to help them, a conference held at the University of York was told.

Researchers meet to discuss cannabis treatment

Posted on Monday 6 June 2016

A group of national experts will exchange ideas on effective treatment for cannabis users at a meeting to be held at Kings Manor, York, on Tuesday 7th June.

Anxiety and depression linked to recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease

Posted on Thursday 2 June 2016

Researchers from the Department have discovered a link between a recurrence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and anxiety and depression.

Lecturer completes Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor training with flying colours

Posted on Thursday 19 May 2016

Lecturer Mike Parker qualifies as Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor

Book tickets for The Divide film screening

Posted on Thursday 19 May 2016

Tickets can now be booked online for the screening of The Divide, a film inspired by the book The Spirit Level by the Department of Health Sciences' Professor of Epidemiology Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson.

GP incentives have little impact on patient outcomes

Posted on Wednesday 18 May 2016

Incentives paid to general practitioners to improve health care have little impact on patient outcomes.

Fourth annual John Snow lecture hosted by Department

Posted on Wednesday 11 May 2016

E-cigarettes and the future of the tobacco industry

Student Mary Allitt to attend annual students' day hosted by the Florence Nightingale Foundation

Posted on Tuesday 10 May 2016

MNursing student Mary Allitt has been selected to represent The Department of Health Sciences at the Florence Nightingale Foundation's annual Students' Day

The alcohol industry and public health

Posted on Wednesday 4 May 2016

Chair in Addictive Behaviours and Public Health Professor Jim McCambridge has been awarded a £991K grant from the Wellcome Trust to carry out research into understanding the roles the alcohol industry plays within the UK policy making context and more broadly in influencing global research agendas, science and policy.

Vacancies for learning disability nursing starting 2016

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2016

A few places remain on our learning disability and adult nursing programmes for good candidates starting Autumn 2016

Loneliness can lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke

Posted on Wednesday 20 April 2016

People who feel lonely or socially isolated are at increased risk of developing coronary heart disease and stroke, researchers from the Department of Health Sciences have concluded.

Call for new public health message about high potency cannabis

Posted on Monday 18 April 2016

Department of Health Sciences' Lecturer in Mental Health Ian Hamilton has joined other researchers to call for a new public health campaign about the dangers of higher potency cannabis.

Life After Encephalitis

Posted on Monday 18 April 2016

A former PhD student at the Department of Health Sciences has written a book about Life After Encephalitis.

Impact of inequality documentary set for UK release

Posted on Monday 11 April 2016

A documentary, inspired by the critically acclaimed book The Spirit Level by University of York academics Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson, receives its London premiere on Monday.

Nearly half of all women who stop smoking during pregnancy go back to it once the baby is born

Posted on Friday 18 March 2016

New research shows that 43% of women re-start smoking within six months of the birth of their child.

Department hosts the First International Conference on the Stepped Wedge Trial Design

Posted on Tuesday 15 March 2016

National and international delegates were welcomed to the "First International Conference on the Stepped Wedge Trial Design" on Thursday 10 March, hosted by the York Trials Unit at the Department of Health Sciences. This design employs the incremental randomised implementation of an intervention. It has gained popularity in the health, social and environmental sciences as a tool to enable the evaluation of interventions or policies whilst being rolled out gradually over time.

The most damaging gateway to hard drugs? Drugs policy itself

Posted on Friday 11 March 2016

"There is only one certainty about drugs – if you don’t use them, you won’t get addicted," Ian Hamilton writes in his latest article for The Conversation.

Postgraduate Taster Day

Posted on Thursday 10 March 2016

Prospective students learned what it is like to be a postgraduate student in the Department of Health Sciences at a Postgraduate Taster Day yesterday.

Bed cuts fail mental health patients

Posted on Friday 4 March 2016

NHS bed cuts are failing millions of mental health patients.

Laura Scott appointed to NMC committee

Posted on Thursday 25 February 2016

Laura Scott, lecturer in mental health in the Department of Health Sciences, has been appointed to one of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) Fitness to Practise panels.

Award for Professor Barry Wright

Posted on Monday 22 February 2016

Professor of Child Psychiatry Dr Barry Wright has been given a Highly Commended award for his “outstanding contribution to the deaf community” at the 175th Birthday Honours Awards for the Royal Association of Deaf people (RAD).

Early Cardiac Rehabilitation is best

Posted on Monday 22 February 2016

The timing of cardiac rehabilitation is important to patient recovery, according to research carried out in the Department of Health Sciences.

Paul Toner wins Griffith Edwards Academic Fellowship

Posted on Friday 19 February 2016

Building on his reputation for developing or adapting assessments and interventions in the addiction field, Dr Paul Toner has recently been awarded the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA) Griffith Edwards Academic Fellowship, which is a prestigious three-year honour given only to future leaders in addiction science.

Inventor of the insulin pump inspires diabetes students

Posted on Monday 1 February 2016

Professor talks to students about the history and evolution of insulin pumps

Graduating students awarded prizes

Posted on Friday 22 January 2016

Congratulations to all our students who graduated today at a ceremony held in Central Hall, at the University of York.

Could campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good?

Posted on Thursday 14 January 2016

Could alcohol abstinence campaigns like Dry January do more harm than good? Two experts debate the issue in The BMJ.

Children's early experience crucial to success in later life

Posted on Monday 11 January 2016

Children's development and experience in their early years, and progress during the first year of school, are crucial for success in later life

Dry January: is it worth giving up alcohol for a month?

Posted on Monday 4 January 2016

Alcohol Concern has thrown down the gauntlet to drinkers: can you manage a month without alcohol?

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