NIHR Bristol BRC contributing to ground-breaking national study into long-term health impacts of coronavirus

  • 4 September 2020
A major UK research study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients has been launched. The PHOSP-COVID study has been awarded £8.4million jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This study is one of a number of COVID-19…

People more likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when availability is greater

  • 6 May 2020
People are more likely to choose non-alcoholic drinks if more of those drinks are available than alcoholic alternatives, a University of Bristol-led online experiment published today (6 May 2020) in BMC Public Health has shown. These results could pave the way for increasing the availability of non-alcoholic options in…

Governments urged to act now to prevent coronavirus suicide risk

  • 22 April 2020
Governments need to give ‘urgent consideration’ to their public health response to prevent any possible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the number of suicides, experts warn. There is growing concern about the far-reaching impact COVID-19 may have on people’s mental health across the globe, with the consequences likely to…

Are non-smoking young adults who use e-cigarettes more likely to smoke in the future?

  • 16 April 2020
Young people who have tried e-cigarettes but have never smoked before are nearly five times more likely to go on to try smoking, a new study has found. However, the findings do not provide clear support for the claim that e-cigarettes cause young people to start smoking (the so-called possible…

Domestic violence: researchers pilot a trauma-informed mindfulness intervention for survivors with PTSD

  • 12 March 2020
Women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse (DVA) often develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which includes reliving traumatic events through nightmares and disturbing memories. Researchers from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre…

Evidence that tobacco smoking increases risk of depression and schizophrenia

  • 8 November 2019
A new study published Wednesday 6 November in Psychological Medicine and led by University of Bristol researchers has found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia. It is well-known that smoking is much more common amongst people with mental illness – especially depression and schizophrenia.