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Plantar Fasciitis Practice Survey 

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Plantar Fasciitis(PF) is a common foot disorder, which is often difficult to manage successfully.  Various treatments have been advocated, but the evidence is limited.  Physiotherapy is central to PF management, but we know little about 'usual care' across the UK.

To support further research, we are asking practicing physiotherapists to complete a short online survey about physiotherapy practice for Plantar Fasciitis.


For further information about the survey and study, please contact:

Professor Julie Kent launches new book: Regenerating Bodies 

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Professor Julie KentCongratulations to Professor Julie Kent who has launched her new book which draws together the findings of ten years social research in the emerging area of regenerative medicine.

This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global ‘tissue economies’ Julie explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell science. The book explores how regenerative medicine configures and conceptualizes bodies and argues that the development of regenerative medicine is a feminist issue.

Regenerating BodiesThe book considers the claims that regenerative medicine represents exciting possibilities for treating the diseases of ageing bodies, critically assessing what kind of futures are embodied in tissue and cell based therapies. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students within the social sciences, in health technology studies, bioethics, feminist studies, and gender and health studies.

For further information go to the book page on the publisher's website or contact Professor Julie Kent.

Nursing Leaders of Sigma Theta Tau International Phi Mu Chapter Meet at UWE 

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Members of the Phi Mu Chapter (England) of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honour Society of Nursing met at in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences on the last month at an event hosted by the Centre for Health and Clinical Research. Phi Mu is the first all-England chapter of this prestigious international nursing scholarship society, hosted by Bournemouth University.

The Chapter business meeting was followed by four excellent presentations from Professors Candy McCabe, Sarah Hewlett and Margaret Fletcher and Ms Gillian May, Executive Nurse NHS Swindon. Presentations were highly thought provoking and highlighted the importance of nursing leadership, scholarship and research for clinical practice, the underpinning focus of the society.

Further information can be found on the Phi Mu website.

Nominations and applications are warmly welcome and there will be a special celebratory event combined with an induction ceremony for new members on 29th May 2012 at Bournemouth University.  Its first national conference will be held on 21st June 2013.

As a key member of the newly established European Region of chapters, collectively the European Region is holding its inaugural conference in Cardiff on 12-14 July 2012 entitled “Diversity across Europe: Implications for Nursing”.  More details can be found here.

Photo: Members of the Phi Mu Chapter (England) of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), Honour Society of Nursing

UWE research making a difference to people's health and well-being 

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The first two UWe-books, promoting UWE’s excellent work in health and well-being have been launched.  Working with a wide range of partners in the health services, industry and other universities, UWE’s research has resulted in real scientific, social and economic benefits and these UWe-books show just a sample of how our researchers are striving to make a real difference to people’s lives.

The first UWe-book, Medicines for the future and today – from bench to bedside, features:   
  • Lighting up cancer cells - Professor Vyv Salisbury
  • Better treatment for diabetes - Professor Aniko Varadi
  • Fighting prostate cancer - Professor Anthony Rhodes
  • Preventing the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease - Dr Myra Conway

The second UWe-book, Improving healthcare for people with long-term conditions, features:

  • Fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis - Professor Sarah Hewlettt
  • Understanding chronic pain - Professor Candy McCabe
  • Helping people adjust to visible disfigurement - Professor Nichola Rumsey
  • New approaches to treating joint pain - Dr Nicola Walsh

Good communication from birth is the key to good communication in future  

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Professor Sue Roulstone, from the Centre for Health and Clinical Research and Director of the Speech and Language therapy Research Unit, has led a research project identifying the impact of children's early communication environment on their educational development and communication skills in later life.

This project was led by Professor Sue Roulstone, Underwood Trust Professor of Language and Communication Impairment at UWE, in collaboration with Professor Tim Peters from the University of Bristol, Professor James Law from Newcastle University, Dr Robert Rush from the Queen Margaret University and Dr Judy Clegg from the University of Sheffield.

The report published today shows that certain aspects of a child's early upbringing - up to two years old - such as having children's books around and not having the television on too much, can have a positive effect on their success when they start school.

Professor Roulstone said that, "The main message is that, as parents, we can have an impact on how our children learn to talk by providing a range of communication experiences. And the better our children are at talking by the age of two years, the better they will do when they start school.”

For further information read the full UWE press release here