Health and medicine
Is humanity doomed because we can’t plan for the long term? Three experts discuss
While the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are still unclear, it is certain that they are a profound shock to the systems underpinning contemporary life.
Swimming makes you hungrier – new study
Running, cycling and resistance exercise have all been shown to decrease appetite.
Loughborough academics support online wellbeing resource for those with kidney disease
Academics at Loughborough University have supported an online wellbeing platform, launched by Kidney Research UK, for patients at all stages of kidney disease.
Academic experts come together to push forward innovation in clinical rehabilitation
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of effective rehabilitation post serious illness or injury – saving lives is only one part of an overall care journey which necessarily needs good rehabilitation if a patient is to stand a chance of returning to their former selves.
Prosthetic limbs affect our attitudes to disability – expressive design might change things for the better
Amputation can have a devastating effect on a person’s body image and sense of self. The use of prosthetic limbs may help, but when it comes to their appearance, options are often limited.
Women clinicians report significant difficulties with coronavirus PPE: “Apparently masks for smaller faces don’t exist!”
A new report which looks at how hospital PPE supplied to protect against the threat of COVID-19 has found that women experience significantly more issues than men.
New study further supports that age-related hearing loss in patients taking cognitive tests may result in misdiagnoses of dementia
The early and correct diagnosis of a cognitive impairment – such as dementia – is crucial as it allows interventions and treatments that may slow the progression of a patient's symptoms to be quickly put in place.
Loughborough and Royal Air Forces Association to lead new support programme for UK military veterans
Loughborough University and the Royal Air Forces Association are leading a new project offering military veterans who have issues with their mental wellbeing specialist courses, aimed at enhancing their social resilience and overall welfare.
Research from Loughborough and Sheffield Universities suggests new approach to recording COVID deaths
A new study by academics at the Universities of Loughborough and Sheffield, and economic consultants at Economic Insight, seeks to provide a more statistically robust approach to the question: “How many deaths in England and Wales are due to COVID-19?”.
Swimming makes you hungrier and likely to eat more at the next meal – new research
People often believe that exercise can make you hungrier, so they may therefore eat more during subsequent meals. But for the typical person, single sessions of land-based moderate to high-intensity exercise (such as running, resistance exercise and intermittent sprint cycling) have been shown to temporarily decrease appetite and do not commonly lead to increased food intake on the same day.
FEATURE: "LGBTQ people have faced loneliness, job loss and hostility in the COVID-19 lockdown and for some communities it’s been a life or death situation"
“Coronavirus has been labelled as the ‘great leveller’ as it can affect people from all walks of life; on the one hand that’s very true but on the other, it’s a total myth.
Joe Wicks got children moving – how to keep them active as lockdown ends
When parents in the UK were suddenly forced to become teachers to their kids in lockdown, physical education (PE) was largely an afterthought. As many PE lessons are now delivered by outside professional coaches, few primary schools had the in-house experience or skills to create and suggest content to help parents.
Loughborough Professor releases new book highlighting how to beat type 2 diabetes
Emeritus Professor Michael Gleeson, Chair in Exercise Biochemistry, has written Beating Type 2 Diabetes, a new book that tells people exactly what they need to do to both reduce the health complications of the condition and how to get rid of it - without the need for medication.
Emotional and social characteristics of young children can impact the success of positive feeding practices
Children’s emotional and social characteristics can impact the success of feeding practices used by parents and caregivers.
Loughborough University staff are using their skills and expertise to help with the fight against COVID-19
Staff, students and the wider Loughborough University community have been working hard to help protect and assist those fighting the coronavirus pandemic head-on.
Key workers and vulnerable people struggled to buy basic goods when restrictions and panic buying hit supermarkets – new survey
People have shared their experiences of supermarket shopping following the recent phase of panic-buying and subsequent restrictions, with many reporting problems buying basic goods.
Global warming now pushing heat into territory humans cannot tolerate
The explosive growth and success of human society over the past 10,000 years has been underpinned by a distinct range of climate conditions.
Survey launched in a bid to understand how coronavirus restrictions affect osteoarthritis risk in over 60s
Researchers at Loughborough University are investigating how changes in physical activity that are a result of the global health pandemic are related to osteoarthritis development and symptoms.
Five lockdown lessons for helping fussy eating youngsters (VIDEO)
The coronavirus lockdown is forcing new challenges upon families, as well as reinforcing old ones, but encouraging children to eat an array of foods does not have to be one of them.
Early and frequent exposure to childcare increases the risk of youngsters being overweight later in life
Children who start childcare such as nurseries or playgroups at a younger age and attend for most of the week are at higher risk for obesity in later life, according to a new study.
Academic to present virtual lecture on the importance of early childhood for developing a healthy lifestyle
A Loughborough University academic will be presenting an online lecture later this month based on her expertise on the impacts of early childhood and how it contributes to developing a healthy lifestyle.
Loughborough University partners on UK's largest programme on higher education technicians
A new project which could become the blueprint for the career advancement of 30,000 higher education technicians is now officially underway.
Experts in Sport: How can athletes use this period of lockdown to work towards long term success?
With sport competition across the globe currently on pause, attention has turned to maintaining athlete health and well-being.
The coronavirus 'Doomsday' clock: Level of recovery after three weeks
For the last three weeks, Dr Jon Seaton, of Loughborough's School of Business and Economics, has been illustrating, via a Doomsday-style clock, where the world is in relation to eradicating the coronavirus pandemic. He writes...
Research to investigate impact of COVID-19 pandemic on family carers
The experience of family carers during the COVID-19 pandemic will be explored in a new international study by Loughborough University and several universities across the world.
Coronavirus: How to sleep better during the lockdown
We are all facing restrictions in a bid to minimise the transmission rate and impact of COVID-19, but there is no denying that life in lockdown is hard.
The coronavirus ‘Doomsday’ clock: Are we approaching a period of new hope?
Britain has now moved past 1pm on the coronavirus clock.
Tracking lifestyles over the course of a pandemic: New coronavirus survey aims to understand more about current and future health and wellbeing
Psychologists from Loughborough University have launched a study which aims to understand the impact of coronavirus on daily life.
COVID-19: Evidence-based advice for health workers having difficult conversations about end of life
A Loughborough University academic is providing guidance to clinicians who are likely to be having - and training people who will have – difficult conversations with patients suffering from COVID-19 or those closest to them.
Global survey launched to measure changes in behaviour in response to COVID-19
A worldwide survey has launched with the aim of understanding how people’s attitudes and behaviours around coronavirus are impacted by official government actions and advice.
The impact of coronavirus on global sport: Loughborough Professor confirmed as key international panel guest
Loughborough University’s Professor James Skinner will form part of a virtual round table panel discussion looking at the impact of coronavirus on sport across the globe.
Students present research to MPs in STEM for Britain finals
Three Loughborough students presented their research as part of the STEM for Britain finals in Westminster last month.
How health professionals need to discuss end of life situations – during coronavirus and beyond
The coronavirus pandemic has led to many difficult and urgent conversations taking place in hospitals. There will doubtless be many more. Over the last few days, I’ve been drawing together advice about discussing sensitive and distressing topics based on evidence from my own work and from work by other researchers who study real life examples of these kinds of exchanges.
The coronavirus ‘Doomsday’ clock: How close are we to midnight?
Britain has only just begun its battle with COVID-19, according to a new coronavirus clock which shows the various stages of pandemic faced by countries around the globe.
Do not get complacent… What a playground chase and a board game tell us about sudden jumps in coronavirus deaths
Economist Dr Jon Seaton, of Loughborough School of Business and Economics, explains the difference a sudden onset of infection and a slow burn using chess and the children’s game tig.
This anarchist thinker helps explain why we feel so driven to help each other through the coronavirus crisis
Empty supermarket shelves and panicked government briefings have become the defining images of the coronavirus crisis. But the community response, however, may well be a more enduring feature.
How to talk to the world about coronavirus
The UK is now in lockdown along with another 20% of the global population as governments scramble to get to grips with the coronavirus pandemic.
Boris is right… Don’t panic buy, but do plan your shopping to reduce the chance of infection by up to 99%
Dr Jon Seaton is an economist and is an expert in business and consumer behaviour. Here he explains why panic buying is bad... but infrequent shopping is essential for minimising the risk of catching coronavirus.
PARENTS: Expert shares practical ideas for helping children and babies with their physical development at home
A Loughborough University academic has shared practical tips to help parents and guardians deliver physical development opportunities to children at home following the closure of nurseries and other childcare facilities.
Coronavirus: not the first global health crisis to impact sport
Coronavirus has plunged the global sporting calendar into disarray. Football fixtures across Europe have now been postponed, including the Euro 2020, English Football League and the English Premier League. Such scenarios remove revenues from gate takings, significantly affect sport media broadcasters and leads to knock-on effects for sponsors and advertisers.
Computer scientists develop novel artificial intelligence system that predicts air pollution levels
Imagine being scared to breathe the air around you.
Controlling the spread of coronavirus without shutting down society
Taking no action to curb the spread of COVID-19 would lead to an uncontrolled outbreak but completely isolating people would have a devasting impact on the economy.
Curious Kids: Do grownups still grow?
Do grownups still grow? – question submitted by Emma, aged five, from the UK.
More caffeine is not the answer for tired lorry drivers – new study shows too much coffee could have negative effects
Lorry drivers who consumed large amounts of coffee and energy drinks reported having crashed more compared to those only drank small quantities of caffeine, according to new research.
Can you really outrun cancer?
When Dr Mhairi Morris’ nine-year-old daughter asked her across the breakfast table if it was possible to “catch cancer”, the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences academic laughed and joked “of course you can’t, it’s far too fast”.
Novel 3D model developed at Loughborough University provides new insight into how our body’s stem cells interact with breast cancer cells
A Loughborough University PhD student has provided new insight into how breast cancer cells interact with cells in our body by using a novel 3D model.
Link between sitting for too long and stress to be explored as part of study
Researchers at Loughborough University are inviting people to take part in a study that explores the link between sitting down for long periods of time (eg sedentary behaviour) and short-term stress.
‘Technoference’: why we should be worried about parents’ screen time
Many young people spend significantly more time using screens than is recommended by health professionals.
Use Blue Monday to change your life and set goals, says willpower expert
Mondays suck let’s be honest, but the start of next week is going to cause even more groans as it’s officially the ‘most depressing day of the year’.
Parents! How to prepare a perfectly nutritious primary school packed lunch for your kids this New Year
Surprise your kids when they go back to school this January by swapping their lunch time cola, chocolate and crisps for healthy, nutritious alternatives.
Experts in Sport: Does sponsorship in sport have an unhealthy relationship with junk food?
January is a time many people revaluate their diets and put away those sugary snacks after over-indulging during the festive period.
Early childhood development among the Maasai in Kenya to be explored as part of a new study
Early childhood development and education in Kenya will be explored by academics at Loughborough University as part of new research.
Exercise in the 16th century: Historical workouts for body and soul
New Year, new me… we’ve all heard the saying and usually scrawled at the top of our resolution list is the promise to exercise more.
PhD researcher’s article on eating habits published in academic journal
Chris McLeod, a final year PhD student, has had his paper on portion size and meal context published in the journal Appetite.
Taking fish oil tablets for four weeks improves ‘night vision’ – new study
Fish oil supplements can significantly improve ‘night vision’, according to a new study.
Labelling foods with the amount of physical activity needed to burn off calories linked to healthier choices
Labelling food and drinks with the amount and type of physical activity needed to burn off the calories in it might be a more effective way of encouraging people to make ‘healthier’ dietary choices, indicates research led by Loughborough University.
Five minutes of exercise each day may help reduce risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women
As we age, our bones lose strength, but research at Loughborough University has shown that just five minutes of exercise each day may benefit hip strength in postmenopausal women.
Does childcare influence health behaviours later in life?
Researchers are looking at whether non-parental childcare during the early years have an influence on children’s health behaviours later in life.
Mothers’ depression and anxiety linked to unhealthy diets for children
Having symptoms of depression or anxiety could be affecting the way mothers feed their children and could contribute to youngsters developing unhealthy eating habits, a new study has found.
How hypothetical designs can help us think through our conversations about euthanasia
Belgian Paralympic athlete Marieke Vervoort revealed two years ago that in 2008, she had been approved to receive euthanasia.
Loughborough-led programme awards £1.3m to projects and innovators in a bid to accelerate the transition to clean cooking on a global scale
More than £1.3m has been awarded to six clean cooking innovators and 22 projects thanks to a Loughborough University-led research programme that looks to find innovative, clean and modern alternatives to biomass fuels, such as charcoal and wood.
Research to explore how the physical fitness of Ministry of Defence Police officers is affected by age and gender
Loughborough University and the Defence Police Federation are collaborating on new study to determine whether Ministry of Defence (MOD) officers will be able to meet the fitness standards expected by the force as they age.
University students and graduates contribute to mindfulness colouring book
A group of students and graduates from Loughborough University have created a series of drawings for a mindfulness colouring book produced by LU Arts.
Could standing consultations help improve GPs’ health?
A new study being led by Loughborough University is hoping to find out if standing consultations could help improve the health of the nations’ GPs.
Loughborough becomes the first University to host a Mental Health Mates walk as part of programme of activities for World Mental Health Day
Loughborough University became the first higher education institution in the UK to host a Mental Health Mates walk as part of a series of activities taking place across the campus to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October.
Heated suit simulates exercise benefits for people unable to take part in physical activity
Scientists are testing a heated suit which replicates some benefits of exercise without the need for physical activity.
Research to explore how AI and voice technologies help people with disabilities live independently
A group of Loughborough University academics have been awarded funding to examine how AI-voice-based technologies, such as the Amazon Echo, help people with disabilities live independently and explore how they may shape the future of social care.
New measures to tackle bus driver fatigue are set out thanks to world-first research into the issue
Tough measures to improve road safety by tackling bus driver fatigue have been set out by Transport for London, thanks to world-first research led by Loughborough University.
Government activity to tackle air pollution can reduce people’s mental wellbeing, research says
Efforts by governments to tackle air pollution can reduce people’s mental wellbeing by not meeting citizens’ expectations, new research has found.
Fitness trackers and eating disorders – is there a link?
Fitness and health tracking devices are becoming increasingly popular and a huge variety of wearable tech and apps now exist. Indeed, many smartphones and smart watches now come primed and ready to track our activity, sleep and nutrition.
Eye-tracking tests may be key to predicting who will develop Alzheimer’s disease, study finds
NEW research has found that it may be possible to predict if people with mild memory and thinking impairments will go onto develop Alzheimer’s disease using eye-tracking technology.
New Government scheme aimed at tackling child hunger could be a giant boost for alleviating food poverty in Britain, according to Loughborough University expert
Experts from Loughborough University have published two papers which give new insights into efforts to tackle children’s food insecurity.
Heatwave: think it’s hot in Europe? The human body is already close to thermal limits elsewhere
I am a scientist who researches climate hazards. This week I have published research on the potential for a catastrophic cyclone-heatwave combo in the global south.
Heatwave: Four key points for keeping cool in hot conditions
Record-breaking temperatures are being logged across the UK but research by Loughborough University can help you stay cool(er) and more importantly safer during the July heatwave.
Women’s World Cup: choking under pressure is common – here’s how to avoid it
Pressure affects us all and sports performers are no different. Tennis players serve double faults, golfers miss short putts and football players miss penalty kicks when it really counts.
Influential leaders attend TOXI-triage research showcase
International experts and influential stakeholders – including leaders in the NHS, police, military and ambulance service – attended the Loughborough University TOXI-triage research showcase at Altitude 360, London on 26 June.
Helping children grow is about much more than a better diet: A study of youngsters from urban slums
Breastfeeding and vitamin and mineral supplements alone are not enough to prevent stunting of a child’s growth, according to a new report which examined health interventions in poor urban areas.
Student creates portable wallet to keep medication cool after being inspired by girlfriend’s story
A student from Loughborough University has designed a portable wallet to keep medication cool after being inspired by his girlfriend who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Design student creates new product which aims to transform the lives of transgender people
A Loughborough University student has created a potentially life-changing product for the transgender community as part of his final-year project for the Design Degree Show.
Study to explore how walking can decrease risk of diabetes and heart disease
Overweight males are being encouraged to take part in a study to explore how walking can decrease the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Mass casualty field trial demonstrates life-saving potential of new technologies
Four years ago academics, emergency responders and industry partners from across Europe came together with a common goal – to create new technologies and systems that would save lives during a chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) incident.
Field trial will test new technologies for mass casualty incidents
A largescale field trial in Finland will test new technologies aimed at saving lives during mass casualty chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear (CBRN) incidents.
Student wins multiple awards for her business idea at Ingenuity 19
A student from the University walked away with five prizes worth more than £18,000 as part of a competition led by the University of Nottingham.
Study seeks to shed light on cervical cancer recovery
Women who have received treatment for cervical cancer are being encouraged to take part in a study that aims to better understand the recovery process.
Can a ‘snacktivity’ approach to physical activity reduce people’s future risk of disease?
Loughborough University is leading a multi-million-pound research programme to establish if a ‘snacktivity’ approach to physical activity, where people are encouraged to undertake short bursts of physical activity throughout the day, is effective in improving people’s health.
People who exercise increase their meal size by a quarter when planning food in advance
Gym-goers who pre-plan their meals in advance of aerobic exercise increase their portion size by a quarter on days that they exercise, a new study has found.
Can physical activity offset the health risks of sitting too long?
At least 150 minutes of exercise per week could substantially reduce or offset the health risks of sitting for long periods of time, research suggests.
Médecins Sans Frontières learns how to provide crucial water, hygiene and sanitation interventions in emergency situations
Loughborough University has been praised by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for the valuable training it provides that equips teams with skills to better assist communities in emergencies.
Loughborough project bid to grow local rehabilitation and medical technology sector receives Strength in Places Funding
A project bid to grow the local rehabilitation and medical technology sector, of which Loughborough University is a key partner, has received funding from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Strength in Places Fund.
More than 1,000 people trained to ‘check their lumps for bumps’ thanks to 12-hour University event
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and CoppaFeel! joined forces yesterday to teach more than 1,000 people self-checking techniques in a bid to improve early detection rates of breast and testicular cancers.
Overweight adults needed for study exploring link between fats and heart disease
Overweight men and women are being encouraged to take part in a study which investigates if certain fats in meals can lead to heart disease.
Study to explore if resistance band exercise reduces risk of osteoporosis
Women aged 60-80 are being encouraged to take part in a study to investigate if resistance band exercise can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Big construction firms should act as beacons of best practice for occupational health, according to new report
Major construction projects should be beacons of best practice for occupational health, giving smaller contractors an opportunity to learn better ways of keeping their workforces safe.
Loughborough University partners with cancer charity for event that encourages people to ‘check their lumps for bumps’
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and CoppaFeel! are joining forces this March for an all-day event that looks to improve early detection rates of breast and testicular cancers by encouraging people to learn how to self-check.
Super Movers: Schoolchildren performed better in tests after exercise initiative from the Premier League and BBC
A study involving more than 1,000 schoolchildren has found a link between exercise and improved brain power.
Overweight men needed for study that looks at liver health and diabetes
Forty men are needed for study that is looking to identify whether tackling liver fat is the key to treating conditions linked to being overweight and obese such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
European-wide study has investigated the main causes of motorbike and bicycle accidents
A FOUR YEAR investigation into hundreds of accidents across Europe has gathered in-depth crash data to determine the biggest factors involved in motorbike and bicycle accidents.
Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain size
Carrying extra body fat around the middle could be linked to brain shrinkage, according to new a study by Loughborough University.
No-frills fitness routines to support any New Year health plan
Here are two back-to-basics workouts which anybody can try as part of their healthy New Year lifestyle.
Set goals and succeed like an Olympian: How to inject staying power into your New Year pledges
Goal-setting makes Olympic champions, according to Loughborough University sport and performance psychologist Dr David Fletcher.
Simple ways to improve your child’s diet this New Year
Knowing what to feed your child to keep them healthy is only half the battle.
Ye olde remedies for modern Christmasse ailments… or how 17th century medicine can help after a Christmas binge
A 17th century ailment for indigestion featuring the contents of a sperm whale’s guts could be just the cure for your Christmas Day food coma.
‘Tis the season to be fussy… how to encourage your children to eat their sprouts
Evolutionary biology gives children a wonderful gift at Christmas… a proven scientific excuse for disliking sprouts.
More than 1 million children are at risk of ‘holiday hunger’ this Christmas
One million disadvantaged children are at risk of malnutrition, ill-health and hunger this Christmas due to a two-week hiatus from the vital nutrition of free school meals.
Loneliness in the digital age: How storytelling could be key this Christmas
Our online social lives have the power to bring us closer together but also to push us further apart, writes Professor Mike Wilson.
Leading surgeon and inspiring students honoured at Loughborough University London graduation ceremonies
Loughborough University London celebrated its third graduation day yesterday (Wednesday 12 December), honouring the achievements of the class of 2018 and one of the country’s top surgeons.
Academics part of £11.2m project assessing the effectiveness of personalised breast cancer screening
Loughborough University academics are to conduct research as part of a large-scale international project investigating whether personalised breast cancer screening is a better screening option for women aged 40 to 70.
Simple tips to curb overeating can help prevent weight gain at Christmas
A study by Loughborough University and the University of Birmingham has shown that regular weighing at home and simple tips to curb excess eating and drinking can prevent people from gaining weight at Christmas.
Hot working conditions greatly increase serious illness and decrease productivity
One in three individuals working in hot conditions experience hyperthermia or more serious symptoms of heat illness, such as acute kidney injury, nausea or fainting, a new study published in the Lancet Planetary Health has revealed.
Life Science Sector Deal highlights Midlands’ strengths in health innovation
The Government’s new Life Sciences Sector Deal, published on Wednesday 5 December, highlights the significant role that the Midlands plays in the UK’s Life Sciences sector.
Why talking about memories with older family, friends and neighbours this holiday season could be essential for their wellbeing
This December, more than one million elderly people will experience loneliness and isolation according to figures by Age UK. As part of our Christmas campaign aimed at raising awareness of seasonal loneliness, Loughborough academic Dr Catherine Armstrong has suggested one solution from the tiny island of Hawaii that could make a big difference to someone.
Loughborough University launches 2018 festive campaign to raise awareness of loneliness at Christmas
Today, Loughborough University is launching its seasonal health and wellbeing campaign aimed at boosting your happiness during the following festive weeks.
Fulbright Scholar to present lecture as part of IAS lecture series
On Tuesday 4 December, Loughborough’s Institute of Advanced Studies will be hosting a free lecture event with Dr Enid Montague (De Paul) titled ‘Engineering the patient-provider experience’.
Student’s story educates healthcare assistants on the benefits of exercise for those living with severe mental illness
A fictional story created by a Loughborough University student is being used by St Andrew’s Healthcare to educate staff on the benefits of exercise for those with severe mental health problems.
Can’t exercise? A hot bath may help improve inflammation and metabolism, study suggests
A study led by a Loughborough University PhD student has found hot-water immersion improved inflammation and blood sugar levels in people who are unable to exercise.
World Health Organisation recognises academics’ research into transgender-inclusive sanitation
The World Health Organisation has recognised a collaborative study on transgender-inclusive sanitation that features research undertaken by Loughborough University academics.
Report highlights a culture of violence and abuse against children in Tonga
A Loughborough-led study aimed at investigating the experiences of children in Tonga has uncovered systemic and cultural abuse and mistreatment of children in families and schools.
TOXI-Triage field trial success paves the way for new mass casualty technologies
A full scale field trial of ground breaking new technologies designed to improve the way emergency services triage casualties following a chemical, biological, radioactive, or nuclear (CBRN) incident has taken place.
Memes may encourage adolescents to be fat and lazy, warn researchers
Loughborough academics have presented a report to MPs to warn that social media memes are encouraging obesity, apathy and lethargy in children.
Renowned national and international organisations join the Collaborative Project
Loughborough University London is to collaborate with more than 30 respected national and international organisations for a project that challenges students to solve real business problems.
Police custody risk assessments should be revised to better meet the needs of vulnerable detainees
Risk assessments for vulnerable detainees in police custody are open to too much interpretation and should be revised, according to a new study.
Study proves reducing sitting time boosts office staff’s work engagement and wellbeing
Office workers are being urged to ‘stand up for their health’ - with Loughborough and Leicester researchers claiming desk-bound staff need to be more active at work.
NCSEM-EM treats 20,000th patient since opening in 2015
The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine East Midlands, an Olympic legacy centre aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the nation, has treated its 20,000th patient since opening its doors three years ago.
Birthweight research supervised by Loughborough academic wins best article award
A research study that includes contributions by a Loughborough academic has won a sought-after award from the Spanish Society for Epidemiology.
Design School welcomes Dr Enid Montague as Fulbright Scholar
Dr Enid Montague has joined Loughborough University through the prestigious Fulbright Scheme as a Fulbright Scholar.
Exciting expert panel to lead discussion on food waste
Loughborough University is to welcome key policymakers, charities, business representatives and a Member of Parliament next month for an important discussion on food waste.
Scheme to improve health of truck drivers shortlisted for NHS innovation award
A programme developed by researchers at Leicester’s Hospitals, Loughborough University and the University of Leicester to help truckers lead healthier lives has been shortlisted for an NHS innovation award.
Academics share bee-rilliant research to celebrate harvest of Loughborough Gold honey
Everyone knows that Loughborough University is home to inspiring academics, extraordinary students and world-renowned sportspeople… but few know the campus is also shared with thousands of honey bees!
Psychologist helps develop app that aims to tackle fussy eating in children
A Loughborough University academic has helped develop a novel app for children that aims to get them eating more healthily and trying different vegetables.
NCSEM-EM and St Andrew’s Healthcare become research partners
The NCSEM-EM and St Andrew’s Healthcare have signed a Memorandum of Understanding officially marking their research partnership.
Academic involved in major European research project issues tips for beating the heat at work
A Loughborough University academic has issued advice on how to beat the heat at work based on research they are conducting as part of a large European project that aims to improve the safety of millions of workers.
Everything you need to know about keeping cool and comfortable in hot weather
As the UK experiences one of the hottest spells on record, academics from Loughborough University give their advice on how to keep cool and comfortable during a heatwave.
Loughborough students celebrate 20,500 hours of volunteering
Over the past year, Loughborough students have volunteered 20,500 hours to helping good causes, collected 15,000 items of food and clothing for those in need, and helped train more than 1,400 people in CPR.
Dementia home created to showcase how people with the condition can live independently for longer
A show home designed around concepts and technologies which will allow people with dementia to live independently for longer has been officially opened.
IV stand designed for children aims to reduce anxiety and improve hospital experience
A fun, friendly ride-on IV stand designed by a Loughborough student looks to reduce children’s anxiety in hospital.
Screen-time linked with unhealthy eating habits in children
A new study has found that five and six-year-olds' screen-time is linked with low fruit and vegetable consumption and high intake of unhealthy snacks such as crisps, chocolate and biscuits.
Students to showcase innovative creations at New Designers
A traffic detection device for horse riders, a digital camera for people with visual impairments and a product that turns plastic waste into sanitation pipes…
Photo exhibitions in Ghana reveal what drives community food choices
People in Ghana have captured images of what drives what they eat and drink as part of a collaborative international project involving Loughborough University academics – and the photos are being exhibited this week.
Loughborough researchers help develop revolutionary biogas system
Researchers at Loughborough University have been collaborating with colleagues in Thailand to develop a small scale biogas system that converts food waste to methane and can be monitored via the internet.
England, the World Cup and childhood obesity
The biggest sporting event on the planet is dominated by junk food advertising – and today Public Health England announced that youngsters are eating twice the recommended amount of sugar.
Are health care workers the answer to improving mental health patients’ physical well-being in secure hospitals?
More value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings.
Regular exercise may be more beneficial for men than post-menopausal women
The blood vessels of middle-aged men and women adapt differently to regular exercise according to new research by Loughborough University.
University researcher awarded with British Nutrition Foundation grant
Dr Oonagh Markey, a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Loughborough University, has been announced as one of two winners of the 2018 Drummond Pump Priming Award from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF).
New two-day sewing event to take place at University
Loughborough University is hosting a new sewing event that aims to celebrate the online stitching community and the hobby that can be more beneficial than it ‘seams’.
Academic to evaluate impacts of horse assisted therapy
A Loughborough University academic is to assess how equine assisted activities and therapy (EAAT) impacts people living with and beyond cancer.
Loughborough students’ idea to help improve pharmaceutical productivity
Four Loughborough PhD students have come up with an innovative idea to reduce production line downtime and improve pharmaceutical productivity.
Videos created to help families identify care needs of loved ones with dementia
A series of videos depicting the worsening stages of dementia has been created to help families identify the care needs of loved ones.
Mini tractor beams help arrange artificial cells into tissue structures
Researchers have used lasers to connect, arrange and merge artificial cells, paving the way for networks of artificial cells that act like tissues.
Loughborough research to assess the economic impact of a ‘healthy nation’
Loughborough University academics have secured funding for a project that aims to inform policy makers of the true cost of creating a ‘healthy nation’.
There is no such thing as ‘healthy obesity’ – we need to stop using the term
The on-going debate over whether ‘health obesity’ exists is diverting attention away from effective medical research as academics continue to use the confusing classification.
It’s not your fitness tracker that is wrong – it’s you
An international study has revealed that people, regardless of where they live and their age, poorly guess how physically active they actually are.
Ten tips for healthy (and sustainable) ways to eat your Easter egg
Easter’s dedication to confectionary provides consumers with excuses to overindulge – but also with dilemmas about diet and sustainability. Here Dr Jon Seaton, of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics, looks at the best ways to be healthy and responsible.
How jet-lag affects Commonwealth Games athletes and what they can do to reset their body clocks
Jet-lag will hit some athletes hard at next month’s Commonwealth Games but taking simple steps such as packing a teddy bear could help the competitors re-sync their sleep, according to sleep expert Professor Kevin Morgan.
Mental health absence guide for small to medium-sized businesses launches online
A new online guide which allows employers and staff to talk about mental health has been made available to businesses across the UK.
How much do you know about sleep?
Sleep. It is something we all do but how much do you actually know about it?
Leading expert on lifestyle interventions and health joins Loughborough University
Amanda Daley is bringing her expertise in lifestyle interventions and health outcomes to Loughborough University as Professor of Behavioural Medicine.
Eating breakfast every day increases physical activity among girls
Girls were more active when they ate breakfast daily as part of a study into whether breakfast frequency affects physical activity.
Anthropologists show how migrant communities physically grow taller when they leave hardship behind
A new study has shown that migrant populations moving to more affluent countries grow physically taller over relatively short periods of time.
Participants needed for new Race for Life study
Researchers in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are working with Cancer Research UK to develop a range of materials to support women who take part in Race for Life events.
Loughborough trains more than 1,000 people in CPR on Valentine’s Day
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and the British Heart Foundation came together on the most heart-themed day of the year to train more than 1,000 people in CPR.
Loughborough to receive doctoral training grant of more than £3m
Loughborough University is to receive a grant of more than £3m to fund doctoral training as part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to UK science.
Leicestershire has highest percentage of stem cell donors in UK thanks to recruitment events such as Loughborough’s Spit Happens
It has been revealed that Leicestershire has the highest percentage of people on the stem cell register in the UK.
Loughborough University and the British Heart Foundation partner for Valentine’s Day event that aims to increase cardiac arrest survival rates
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union and the British Heart Foundation are joining forces on the most heart-themed day of the year to try and increase cardiac arrest survival rates.
Brave student overcomes challenging circumstances and 10-hour surgery
A Loughborough student, who has overcome challenging circumstances and a 10-hour surgery, is looking to raise awareness and eradicate stigmas surrounding Crohn's Disease.
Arthritis Centre with Loughborough expertise receives additional £2m funding
The Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis has been awarded a further £2 million from Arthritis Research UK.
Loughborough to hold first ever Talk Sport Student Conference
Loughborough University is to hold its first ever student conference based around starting a career in the sports industry next week.
Get your sleep sorted before you tackle diet and exercise – tips for a nodding off
Your diet and exercise could be negatively affected if you don’t look after your sleep.
Most people do not understand willpower – here’s how to make it work for you
If you're only relying on willpower to stick to your New Year’s resolutions there's a chance you might be struggling right about now.
Getting the best out of your fitness tracker
Most fitness trackers provide valid and reliable measures of physical activity, for example, counting steps and activity minutes.
Cross-sex hormone therapy could be the answer for treating eating disorders in transgender people
Hormone therapy could reduce eating disorder symptoms in transgender people, a new study has found.
University academics contribute to landmark handbook on physical activity policy and practice
Thirty current and former Loughborough University academics have contributed to a landmark publication on physical activity policy and practice.
Top tips for a good night’s sleep
Many people don’t get enough sleep. Juggling work, family life and social activities can leave us in a constant state of tiredness.
The basics of losing weight – a fool-proof way to shed pounds
You will never find a simpler, more effective way of losing weight than this… eat less, exercise more.
You don’t need the gym to HIIT your New Year goals
Nowhere in the calendar do two months clash as much as December and January.
New research to help truck drivers get their health back on the road
A new Loughborough University-led study is helping truck drivers get healthy by encouraging higher levels of physical activity and a healthier diet that fits in with their work schedule.
Christmas has your number when it comes to slumber – why certain people struggle to sleep over the festive period
Prepare to be ‘found out’ if you have a hidden predisposition for insomnia – Christmas exposes all your sleep vulnerabilities.
Volunteers needed for study into novel diabetes drug which helps patients lose weight
Volunteers are needed for a study which looks at new diabetes medication that aids weight loss.
Screen time linked to unhealthy eating behaviour in children
Excessive screen time has been linked to unhealthy eating behaviour in schoolchildren.
Loughborough academic involved in largest ever study of its kind into physical activity’s benefits to mental wellbeing
A Loughborough University academic has worked with the mental health charity Mind on a landmark two-year study showing that people with mental health problems who are more regularly active have better mental wellbeing.
You are twice as likely to develop dementia if you are single
Being single can almost double the risk for dementia, a new study has found.
The NHS should alter the way it investigates cases of serious failures involving patient care
Replacing the method by which serious clinic incidents, such as over-prescribing insulin, are investigated could reduce the chances of repeat mistakes being made.
Scientists discover new method for tissue regeneration inspired by nature
Scientists have found a way of mimicking our body’s natural healing process, using cell derived nano-sized particles called vesicles, to repair damaged tissue.
Playing sports like football and rugby at work could not only keep you healthy but improve your productivity as well
Workplace sport plays an important role in keeping people physically and mentally healthy as well as improving productivity, a new study has found.
Unique study asks whether one extra hour’s sleep can help manage weight and reduce fatigue
A new study by sleep experts at Loughborough University is examining how sleep and weight management are related.
Study finds that skipping breakfast does not lead to overeating later in the day
Girls who skipped breakfast as part of a study into energy intake and physical activity were found to consume 350 fewer calories *(kcals) a day.
Increasing accessibility of cross-sex hormone drugs for transgender people could boost physical activity and alleviate mental health problems
A study which investigated the exercise habits of transgender people has found that those who are taking cross-sex hormones are more likely to be active, and therefore potentially have fewer mental health issues.
A single day of eating high-fat food has a significant effect on insulin action – even if you’re young, fit and healthy
One day of binge eating could reduce whole-body insulin sensitivity by up to 28%, a new study has found.
Improving our streets will encourage more people to walk
A project to boost low-levels of physical activity in deprived areas has found that improving footpaths, clearing overgrown vegetation and increasing street cleanliness could be the answer to encouraging people to walk more.
University launches appeal to support dementia research
Loughborough University has launched a fundraising appeal to support innovative research into dementia.
Study highlights the physical and psychological rewards of breastfeeding for mum
Encouragement for new mothers who are considering breastfeeding should include highlighting the immediate physical advantages such as weight loss as well as the health benefits, a new study has found.
More than 600,000 youngsters are at risk of ‘holiday hunger’ this summer
Hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged children are at risk of malnutrition, ill-health and hunger this summer due to a six-week break from the vital nutrition of free school meals.
Loughborough professor given International Paralympic Committee award
Loughborough’s Professor Vicky Tolfrey is to receive one of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) top awards in recognition of her commitment to para athlete research.
Daily movement programme has positive impact on children’s learning
Following a daily movement programme can improve children’s physical development levels and has the potential to boost their chances in the classroom, researchers from Loughborough University have found.
Loughborough to host international psychology conference
Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture will host the 10th biennial International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP) conference from 9 – 12 July 2017.
Parents, don’t give up! Here are three effective methods for encouraging your kids to eat their vegetables
Parents should not give up on encouraging their children to eat their greens.
Participants wanted for new prediabetes screening study
A study by Loughborough University aims to investigate whether people with prediabetes can benefit from seeing feedback about their physical activity and glucose levels.
Intelligently adapted home will meet the needs of people with dementia showing them how to live easier lives
The creation of a new ‘dementia-friendly’ home aimed at improving the lives of those affected by the condition will begin in the autumn.
University looking for participants for study assessing links between memory and soy product
Loughborough’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences are looking for participants to take part in a new study to assess the effectiveness of ‘tempe’ (a soy food product originating from Indonesia) in improving memory in older adults.
National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine public lecture series 2017
The National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) has announced its public lecture programme for 2017.
People with a normal BMI who carry weight around the middle at greatest risk of death
People with a normal BMI who carry their weight around the middle are at the highest risk of death from any cause compared to those who are overweight or obese but carry their weight elsewhere, Loughborough research has found.
Professor awarded IChemE medal for contribution to regenerative medicine
David Williams OBE FREng, Professor of Healthcare Engineering at Loughborough’s School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering has been awarded the 2016 IChemE Donald Medal for his substantial contribution to the rapidly growing regenerative medicine sector.
New study offering training and support for Race for Life participants
Loughborough University is seeking participants for a new study exploring the potential benefits of providing training and support to women taking part in Race for Life.
Loughborough University and MOD join forces to tackle tendon injuries in the armed forces
Loughborough University has joined forces with the Ministry of Defence to try and help UK military personnel with tendon injuries.
Loughborough University looking for sleep study participants
The Clinical Sleep Research Unit at Loughborough University is looking for participants in a study titled ‘Sleep extension for metabolic health (Sleep to Slim)’.3 April 2017
New technique for slicing delicate biopsy samples inspired by industrial method for cutting tough manufacturing materials
A pioneering manufacturing technique developed to slice metal ‘like butter’ has been adapted by scientists at Loughborough University to improve the quality of biopsy and other biological tissue samples.31 March 2017
Funding boost sees more sit-to-stand desks installed in schools
A study exploring the feasibility of introducing sit-to-stand desks into primary schools has been given a £413K funding boost.17 March 2017
Loughborough smashes national record for stem cell donor recruitment
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students’ Union, Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign (RBLC) have together broken the national record for the number of stem cell donors recruited in one day at a university, as a result of a major campus-wide drive.16 March 2017
Loughborough named world’s best sporting university
Loughborough has been named the best sporting university in the world in the global QS higher education league table.7 March 2017
Spit Happens: Loughborough University partners with key charities to increase number of stem cell donors
Loughborough University, Loughborough Students' Union, Anthony Nolan and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign (RBLC) are joining forces to try and increase the number of potential stem cell donors.2 March 2017
Overheating in UK homes is a public health disaster waiting to happen
A Loughborough academic has warned the UK is facing a public health disaster if the issue of overheating in homes is not tackled.2 March 2017
Loughborough University London wins research award for development of healthcare Internet of Things platform
Loughborough University London has been awarded research funding from the UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) to build a secure Internet of Things (IoT) platform for use in healthcare.16 February 2017
New guidance for bosses supporting employees with cancer announced ahead of World Cancer Day
A report which makes a number of recommendations for employers welcoming back staff who have battled cancer has been announced today to coincide with World Cancer Day.2 February 2017
Using photography to help the people of Ghana make healthier diet choices
Loughborough researchers are hoping photographs taken by women in Ghana of what people eat and drink in their communities will encourage them to make healthier diet choices.30 January 2017
Getting schoolchildren active in class to build lifelong healthy habits
Could getting schoolchildren to be more active in class encourage them to sit less and improve their learning experience? A new study hopes to find out.25 January 2017
Cost of living for people with sight loss increases significantly with severity and age
The cost of everyday living for a severely sight impaired person of pension age is a hefty 73% more than for a pensioner who is not visually impaired, a new study by Loughborough University has found.25 January 2017
How to make your child less picky at mealtimes
Fussy eating youngsters could be encouraged to be less fastidious by sharing mealtimes with their parents, a new study has revealed.20 January 2017
New national study offers unique insight into life as a young carer
A report by Loughborough University which offers a unique insight into the lives of young carers has been published by the Department for Education (DfE).13 January 2017
Exercise ‘weekend warriors’ lower their risks of death
Research by Loughborough University shows exercise ‘weekend warriors’ who fit the recommended amount of weekly physical activity into one or two sessions have lower risks of death.9 January 2017
Can you spend five minutes a day to help with osteoporosis and osteoarthritis research?
Loughborough University researchers studying the possible health benefits of daily hopping exercises are looking for female volunteers aged 55-70 years to take part in the project.9 January 2017
The world’s largest-ever online ‘sleep census’ reveals a sleep-deprived planet
Bed manufacturer Sealy UK, together with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit (CSRU), has conducted the world’s largest and most comprehensive online sleep study ever, revealing a sleep deprived planet, and a female UK ‘sleep debt’ of 10 days a year.18 November 2016
New policy must be adopted to protect cancer patients’ work rights
A Loughborough academic has called for cancer patients to be given similar work rights to pregnant women.15 November 2016
Olympic legend opens building dedicated to improving the nation’s health
Five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve Redgrave officially opened the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine building at Loughborough University this week.12 October 2016
Campaign raising diabetes awareness in Leicestershire ethnic minority communities
A new drive to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes in ethnic minority communities in Leicestershire has been launched.16 September 2016
Loughborough researchers develop simple saliva test to diagnose asthma
A new test which can diagnose asthma from a patient’s saliva has been developed by Loughborough University.15 September 2016
Loughborough University benefits from record-breaking investment in health research
Loughborough University is to receive a slice of the UK’s largest ever investment into health research announced today by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.14 September 2016
Loughborough graduate wins national round of prestigious design competition
A new portable cooling device to improve vaccine transportation in developing countries has been announced as the UK winner of the 2016 James Dyson Award.8 September 2016
Research finds 4-year-olds are not physically ready to start school
New research from Loughborough University has revealed many four-year-olds are not physically ready to start school.2 September 2016
Study reveals gap in the market for wearable technologies that monitor sedentary behaviour
Wearable technology to monitor the time you spend being sedentary could encourage changes in behaviour that helps improve health, research reveals.1 September 2016
Lab-on-a-Stick: miniaturised clinical testing for fast detection of antibiotic resistance
A portable power-free test for the rapid detection of bacterial resistance to antibiotics has been developed by academics at Loughborough University and the University of Reading.23 August 2016
University expertise in childhood inactivity helps guide new Government strategy
Recommendations on how to tackle childhood inactivity made by Loughborough University and the British Heart Foundation National Centre (BHFNC) have been included in the Government’s new obesity strategy – released today (August 18).18 August 2016
Study to explore the scale of physical activity and nutritional health messaging at major sporting events
A new study examining the promotion of health messaging at major sporting events, such as the Olympics, will be led by Loughborough University.18 August 2016
New research sheds light on the real experience of calling the GP surgery
Pioneering research into GP receptionist interaction with the public over the telephone has revealed how patients have to ‘push’ for effective service.16 August 2016
Intense exercise during school day can boost adolescent brain function, study shows
Sprint-based exercises introduced during the school day can sharpen pupil minds in the classroom, new research reveals.22 July 2016
Loughborough University students compete to create new technology for the visually impaired
Students from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence (CDT-EI) participated in an annual Summer School challenge to create aids for the visually impaired earlier this month.18 July 2016
New mobile cooling device will ease vaccine transportation in developing countries
Vaccine transportation in developing countries could be drastically improved thanks to an innovative mobile cooling device designed at Loughborough University.8 July 2016
Participants wanted for research into the effect of endurance running on bone health
Loughborough University is recruiting male and female participants to take part in study which explores the effect of endurance running on male bone health.30 June 2016
Military and emergency service personnel needed for mental health study
Researchers at Loughborough University are looking for military personnel, veterans and members of the emergency services to take part in group discussions on mental health.16 June 2016
Loughborough University study reveals the best way to improve muscle strength
Engaging in short, explosive leg contractions is the most effective way of strengthening muscles, Loughborough research reveals.6 June 2016
Preventing physical and mental decline in older people
Loughborough academics are developing a new digital tool that will enable risks to the physical and mental health of older people to be detected early, and targeted interventions put in place to prevent further decline.20 May 2016
University to host Dementia Awareness Day
Loughborough University, in partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK, is hosting a Dementia Awareness Day on Saturday 21 May.17 May 2016
Loughborough University announces collaboration on intelligent and versatile wireless technology
Loughborough University engineers will develop unique wireless technology capable of measuring impacts to the body of both athletes and vulnerable patients.6 May 2016
Reducing heart disease risk among kidney transplant patients
Researchers at Loughborough University, the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals are to develop exercise programmes for kidney transplant patients in an effort to reduce their risk of heart disease.28 April 2016
Unique head restraint and car seat system could reduce whiplash injuries
A reactive head restraint and car seat system designed to reduce whiplash in rear-end vehicle collisions has been unveiled by engineers at Loughborough University.26 April 2016
Loughborough University and Defence Medical Services become research partners
Loughborough University hosted a special event this week to celebrate the start of a new research partnership with the Defence Medical Services (DMS).14 April 2016
Can a hot bath improve your health?
Scientists at Loughborough University have set out to uncover the health benefits of a hot bath.12 April 2016
Study shows exercise DOES curb your hunger
Scientists at Loughborough University have found exercising is more effective than food restriction in helping limit daily calorie consumption.7 March 2016