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CASTLE trial launch coincides with Purple day.

Posted on March 26th 2019
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CASTLE trial launch coincides with Purple day.

A trial to uncover which epilepsy treatment approach works best for children and their families has been launched to coincide with Purple Day, an international family-focused epilepsy awareness day.

The nationwide Changing Agendas on Sleep, Treatment and Learning in Childhood Epilepsy (CASTLE) trial is led by Professor Deb Pal from King’s College London and Professor Paul Gringras from the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, with a key preparation study led by Professor Chris Morris of the University of Exeter Medical School’s Peninsula Childhood Disability Unit in collaboration with PenCLAHRC’s Evidence Synthesis Team.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NHIR), CASTLE is...

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National Lottery Community Fund boost to Exeter health research

Posted on March 25th 2019
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Healthy Parent Craers logo in green and blue

The health and wellbeing of parent carers is often overlooked. But now, with a funding boost of nearly £40,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, a peer-led support programme for parents of disabled children in communities across the southwest is set to be further extended.

The Healthy Parent Carers programme for parent carers of disabled children (aged up to 25 years) provides information about small steps that can be taken every day to improve health and wellbeing using the acronym CLANGERS (Connect, Learn, be Active, Notice, Give, Eat well, Relax and Sleep). Parents are invited to take part in NHS-funded research, led by...

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Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

Posted on March 18th 2019
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 Persistent sore throat could be larynx cancer warning

A study of more than 800 patients diagnosed with cancer of the larynx has found more than a five per cent risk of cancer from a persistent sore throat when combined with other apparently low-level symptoms. Led by the University of Exeter and co-authored by Professor Willie Hamilton, of the University of Exeter Medical School, the study suggests that GPs should consider larynx cancer when patients report a persistent sore throat when combined with shortness of breath, problems swallowing or earache.

Professor Hamilton says “This research matters – when NICE guidance for cancer investigation was published there was no evidence from...

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