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Easy-read report - Love and Relationships: the views of adults with learning disabilities

  The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is an organisation that funds others to do Health and Care research. In 2020, The NIHR funded some research done by the University of Kent. The researchers looked at adults with learning disabilities having romantic relationships. They asked people with a learning disability over the age of ...

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Love and relationships: the views of adults with learning disabilities

Many adults with learning disabilities place a high value on romantic relationships. New research identified the support they need to form loving partnerships. It also described the barriers they face.  In the past, adults with learning disabilities were not thought to have the same emotional, psychological or social needs as other people. This made it ...

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Catching cancer early: how research could help us improve

The need Catching cancer earlier is one of the most effective ways to improve survival. It means patients can receive treatment sooner, making it more likely the cancer can be cured.  Cancer survival has been improving in the UK, but it still lags behind comparable countries. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to save thousands ...

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Care home staff saw long-term benefits from an intervention to help people with dementia

Long-term improvements in dementia care were found in a new study. Care home staff reported benefits from a programme called MARQUE (Managing Agitation and Raising Quality of life) two years after it was introduced. The MARQUE programme includes a range of techniques to help staff get to know residents' interests, address their agitation, and improve ...

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Stressing the personal benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine could encourage more people to accept

Most people in the UK accept the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered. But some are hesitant. New research has explored whether different versions of written information could change people's views. It found that, among those who were hesitant, stressing the personal benefits of the vaccine was more effective than stressing benefits to the community. ...

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Statins do not commonly cause muscle pain and stiffness

Statins are a group of drugs which lower levels of fat (cholesterol) in the blood. They reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Despite this, many people prescribed statins stop taking them, sometimes through concerns about side effects. New research finds that statins do not commonly cause pain, stiffness and weakness in the muscles. ...

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How to improve information for people with osteoporosis

Much information about the bone condition, osteoporosis, is too difficult to understand. It is also sometimes misleading. New research makes recommendations for improvements. The aim is for people with the condition to have high quality, more readable information.  People with osteoporosis have weakened bones that become more likely to break. Many know little about their ...

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Diabetes checks: delays in treatment are reduced when support staff assess eye images

People living with diabetes need regular eye examinations to prevent serious problems with their vision. A shortage of eye specialists (ophthalmologists) is leading to delays in appointments. New research suggests that support staff could be trained to read images of the back of the eye (retina) almost as well as ophthalmologists.  Most of the support ...

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Advice by mail is as effective as targeted interventions at preventing fall-related injuries in older people

A booklet containing advice on falls prevention reduced fractures as effectively as more intensive interventions. In a large study, the booklet was sent to older people by post. This advice alone prevented as many fractures as an exercise programme, or as multiple assessments by a range of professionals, the study found.   Falls and fall-related injuries, ...

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How can we reduce the toll of loneliness in older adults?

In this podcast, Editor in Chief, Helen Saul explores research from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) into loneliness among older adults. She is joined by Andrew Steptoe, Professor of Psychology at UCL who carried out some of the studies. Kalpa Karicha, from the Campaign to End Loneliness, discussed the implications for many of ...

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