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Refreshed and renewed membership for the NIHR School for Public Health Research announced

The refreshed and renewed membership for the NIHR School for Public Health Research has been announced (4 April, 2017).

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Scheme’s success at stopping mums-to-be smoking

Pregnant women are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they are supported from their first midwife appointment – and then are more likely to have heavier, healthier babies.

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Digital alcohol advice may help to reduce drinking

A study from NIHR SPHR researchers at Fuse has found that people drink less if they receive advice about alcohol from a computer, mobile phone or the internet compared to people who do not get this information, a Fuse study has found.

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Outcomes of the Drink Less alcohol reduction smartphone app trial

Alcohol consumption is responsible for approximately 3.3 million deaths worldwide each year and more than 10 million people in the UK regularly drink above recommended guidelines.

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What is the impact of locating welfare advice in GP surgeries?

Patients seeking support related to benefits claims and social problems associated with low income and debt account for a considerable amount of busy General Practitioners’ consultation time.

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Intervention impact on North East smoking in pregnancy

An intervention evaluated by NIHR SPHR researchers at Fuse has shown to have a substantial impact on referrals to smoking cessation services and quit rates among pregnant women in North East England.

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Sensory impairments increase the risk of frailty in later life

Research by Ann Liljas, NIHR SPHR PhD student at UCL, and colleagues has shown that older community-dwelling English adults with self-reported hearing problems and poor vision, respectively, have increased risks of frailty over four years.

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Report: Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults

Changing risk behaviours and promoting cognitive health in older adults: an evidence-based resource for local authorities and commissioners.

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New PHPES Evaluation: ways to wellness

Social prescribing is the use of non-medical interventions to achieve sustained lifestyle change and improved self-care among people with long-term health conditions (LTCs) and has been taking place on a small scale for a number of years.  The need for evidence of effectiveness using robust evaluative designs has been identified.

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How are priority-setting tools used in local government?

A new report has been published from a follow on study looking at the decision making tools used by local authorities to prioritise spending.

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