University of Bath

  1. Lonely children effect could manifest for years to come

    The effects of lockdown on children's isolation are likely to have a lasting effect, a new review has found.

    A Bath University review of evidence - in 60 pre-existing, peer-reviewed studies - about the mental health impacts of loneliness on children and young people, concluded that there could be a spike in demand for mental health services in the years to come.

    "Children and adolescents are likely to experience high rates of depression and anxiety long after current lockdown and social isolation ends, and clinical services need to be prepared for a future spike in demand," the authors said.

    According to the review, young people who are lonely might be as much as three times more likely to develop depression in the future, and the impact of loneliness and depression could last for at least 9 years.

    There is also evidence that duration of loneliness may be more important than the intensity of loneliness in increasing the risk of future depression among young people.

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    Dr Maria Loades, clinical psychologist from the Department of Psychology at the university, said the research was important information for policy-makers, health planners and also teachers:

    “For our youngest and their return to school from this week, we need to prioritise the importance of play in helping them to reconnect with friends and adjust following this intense period of isolation.”

    The review is published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

  2. Facemasks can help protect against coronavirus, says expert

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    An infectious disease expert from Bath says that evidence shows facemasks can help protect people against coronavirus.

    On Thursday Boris Johnson said face coverings worn by the general public "will be useful" as the UK comes out of its current restrictions.

    In recent weeks countries like Germany and Austria have made face coverings compulsory in places like supermarkets and on public transport.

    Dr Bharat Pankhania, says if it is not possible to observe social distancing, the masks add protection against infection.

  3. Engineering to stay fit at home

    Cricket team captain at Bath University, James Addis, is keeping his batting edge during the lockdown after teaming up with his dad to find an engineering solution.

    James' dad came up with the home-made bowling machine "to save his arm".

    Please ask the permission of bike owners before trying this at home!

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  4. Bath Uni exercise tips for over 60s

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    Researchers at Bath University, working on a long-term study of lifestyle and activity in the over 60s, have launched a new series of tips on exercising at home.

    The experts - part of a Bath and Birmingham university study known as the REACT project - will give weekly encouragement and guidance through a new blog.

    REACT project manager, Dr Janet Withall, said: “We are living through very strange and difficult times... None of us can attend exercise classes anymore, or even just go out for a walk if we are in one of the vulnerable groups which need to completely self-isolate.

    "Exercise can prevent the immune system from declining and protect against infections.

    "Building exercise into our days can help us develop a routine and purpose with positive knock-on effects for our mental health, but it’s also really true that when it comes to muscle strength there’s a risk that if we don’t use it, we’ll lose it.

  5. Engineers make 5,500 face shields for hospital staff

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    Engineers from the University of Bath have made 5,500 face shields for NHS staff after setting up a production line on campus.

    James Scott, chief executive of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said they would help keep frontline staff safe "while we tackle one of the biggest challenges the hospital has ever faced.”

    The team is now also using acetate left over from the face shields to produce eye protectors for GPs - 700 sets of which have been sent to practices around Bath.

    Professor Richie Gill, who has been working on the university’s collaboration with the RUH and local businesses, said: “We are hugely grateful for everyone’s efforts in this project, both from university staff, staff at the RUH and GPs who have helped to validate the designs, donors who have made significant contributions and companies that have offered their help and resources.

    “The equipment we’re making at the moment is relatively simple, but absolutely vital. The real test for us is making as much as we can, so taking a multi-pronged approach to maximise the amount we can hand over is key.”

    Anyone who could donate or supply materials including acetate sheets, foam blocks or elasticated ribbon to the team has been asked to email medicalfaceshields@gmail.com.

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  6. University offers free accommodation to NHS staff

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    Image caption: A room in the John Wood Building

    The University of Bath has offered staff at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) free accommodation in the city centre.

    Any staff member who needs to stay close to the hospital or isolate from their families can stay in en-suite rooms in the John Wood Building on Avon Street.

    Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bath, comments: “It is very important that, during this time of crisis, we all pull together as a community. I am humbled by the heroic efforts of NHS workers to fight Covid-19 and save lives.

    "As a University, we stand ready to support the RUH and their staff, and we hope it helps to ease some of the strain they are under.

    Claire Radley, Director for People at RUH Bath NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a fantastic gesture from the University of Bath and something that will be of great help to our hard-working staff - those working on the frontline and key support staff too.

    "We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the University of Bath and from throughout the local community.”

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  9. Bath Uni research shows knowledge gap with chronic pain medication

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    New research from the University of Bath shows there is a lack of knowledge about how to treat children in chronic pain.

    While around 300,000 adults have been studied as part of trials for the effectiveness of painkilling drugs, only 393 children have been studied.

    Children are regularly prescribed drugs to treat chronic pain, despite a lack of evidence they work.

    The team behind the study say more research is needed to make sure children get the best treatment.

    Quote Message: “Overall, there is no high-quality evidence to help us understand the efficacy or safety of the common drugs used to help children with chronic pain. The lack of data means that we are uncertain about how to optimally manage pain...children and their families all deserve better from Professor Christopher Eccleston University of Bath
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  10. Bath Uni experts comments on social mobility

    A Bath University expert, who resigned from a government commission about education chances for all, saying the government were too distracted by Brexit to make a difference, has again called for urgent action.

    The State of the Nation report by the new Social Mobilty Commission has said the situation has remained "virtually stagnant" since 2014.

    Paul Gregg is a Professor of Economic and Social Policy, and Director of the Centre for Analysis and Social Policy at the University of Bath.

    He has said nothing is changing and nothing will change if more is not done.

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  11. Uni runs 'employment school' to boost prospects for autistic graduates

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    The University of Bath is running an employment school to boost job prospects for its autistic graduates.

    Fewer than one in six autistic adults are employed full-time, with many often under-employed in jobs below their abilities.

    The partnership between the university's Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR) and JP Morgan Chase offers 30 students and recent graduates tailored support in preparing for work and hunting for jobs.

    Dr Chris Ashwin, Deputy Director for Research at CAAR, said: “We know that graduates with autism have a unique set of highly-attuned skills that can make them incredibly valuable to a whole range of organisations.

    "Yet all too often, barriers are put in their way that prevent them from applying for the right kind of jobs, being successful at interview or transitioning into organisations."

    The sessions are running in Bath today and at JP Morgan Chase’s Bournemouth campus tomorrow.

  12. Bath academics research prison rehab

    The University of Bath is launching a study into rehabilitation in prisons - with the UK's reoffending rate described by the Justice Minister as far too high.

    Government figures show nearly 70% of people who serve short term custodial sentences end up committing crime again.

    Professor of Criminology Yvonne Jewkes, leading the study, says: "we have a duty to focus more on helping prisoners otherwise we are the future victims".

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