Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Call-out for PCOS sufferers for a research study

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A new research project at Hull York Medical School focusing on weight management in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is recruiting participants to trial the effects of different diets.

Polycystic ovary syndrome is the most common hormone condition in women of reproductive age, affecting up to 20 per cent women in this age group both globally and in the UK.

Obesity is one of the traits associated with the condition along with hirsutism (unwanted hair), oligmenorrhoea (infrequent periods), reduced fertility and increased incidence of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in women with PCOS

Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Professor of Endocrinology at Hull York Medical School, said:

“Several studies have reported that around 30-80% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese, with obesity often being associated with worsening symptoms and long term health effects.

“Diet and lifestyle changes to promote weight loss among obese women with PCOS can improve many aspects of the condition including fertility and the development of type 2 diabetes, although the effect of one particular weight loss diet remains largely unexplored.”

Tokophobia: what it’s like to have a phobia of pregnancy and childbirth

Catriona Jones, Fran Wadephul and Julie Jomeen  have published this piece in The Conversation:
Tokophobia: what it’s like to have a phobia of pregnancy and childbirth

Monday, 19 February 2018

CALL FOR PAPERS - 4th International Death Online Research Symposium (DORS 4)



Death Online Research Symposium (DORS4): The University of Hull, UK, August 15 – 17 2018.
The 4th Symposium of the International Death Online Research Network will take place at The University of Hull, UK, August 15 – 17, 2018. It will consolidate links between existing and new network members and provide opportunities for the discussion of ongoing and new orientations in the interdisciplinary field of death online. The meeting will explore the ways in which online connectivity is changing how, when and where we engage with death and dying and how we invest death-related practices with meaning in the online environment. We warmly welcome new members to the network as well as old friends. 


Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
Professor Charles Ess, University of Oslo, Norway

Dr Elaine Kasket, psychologist and author of forthcoming book:
All the Ghosts in the Machine


Themes and perspectives of the symposium

For this 4th Death Online Research Symposium we invite abstracts for oral presentations of new, recently completed, or ongoing research or ideas for future academic research on all kinds of death related online practices. We welcome qualitative and quantitative work which expands our understanding of the current and future trends in death online research from a variety of disciplines, addressing any of the following themes:
  • Digitally mediated dying and narrative
  • Digitally mediated grieving and memorialising
  • Death online and embodied experience
  • Digital afterlife, post-mortem identity and digital legacy
  • Technological developments in the death care industry
  • Digital immortality
  • Online vs offline experiences
  • Theorising online life and death
  • Ethical challenges for studying death online.


The conference will host a special workshop for participating ost Graduate students and early career researchers. We particularly welcome submissions from these groups. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and we envisage publication of selected full papers in a special issue of an academic journal in the field as well as a collection of writing from the symposium in an open-access online platform.

Important information

Submission format: 300 word abstract
Submission deadline: March 15th, 2018
Submission feedback: April 15th, 2018
Registration open: May 1st, 2018
Registration fee: £125 (£75 students). This will cover morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch for the 3 days and conference dinner on day 2.

All submissions and enquiries should be submitted to Dr Jo Bell:. marked “Death Online Research Symposium Submission” in the subject field. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. Please include full contact info (name/s, institutional / organisational affiliation and email address) in the submission. Submissions will be anonymised before review.

The online registration and payment site will be open from 1st May 2018. There will also be information available here for booking options for accommodation. You can stay on The University of Hull campus at The Courtyard for £50 per night (including breakfast) or £45 per night (excluding breakfast). We will make cheaper options such as ‘air b & b’ available where possible.

If you are interested in joining the Death Online Research Network, please contact Dr Stine Gotved.

Healthcare professionals should be mindful that victims and victim-bullies may have additional health needs associated with risk-taking behaviour

Yvonne Wilkinson has published:

Healthcare professionals should be mindful that victims and victim-bullies may have additional health needs associated with risk-taking behaviour in BMJ Evidence-Based Nursing doi: 10.1136/eb-2017-102773