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Can psychology research help people who are hoping to break bad habits or form new healthy ones? That is the question under discussion on the second PsychCrunch podcast from the British Psychological Society's Research Digest.
People who need urgent psychological health care in England are receiving inadequate support, says a report published by the Care Quality Commission (
The British Psychological Society believes that if a healthcare organisation is to develop a culture where staff are willing to raise concerns, those staff must have evidence that the organisation is listening and will act on their concerns.
The new Conservative government's legislation plans for the year were unveiled in the Queen's Speech to Parliament in May. The Psychoactive Substances Bill in particular has sparked an interesting and developing debate.
The methods used to alert members of the public in the UK to civil emergencies vary by location. Systems currently used include door knocking, landline phone calls, PA systems, loudhailers and even church bells.
The NHS England Mental Health Taskforce is seeking views from those with lived experience and professional expertise of the sector in an online survey.  
The speed at which we drink alcohol could be influenced by the shape of the glass. And markings on the glass might help us drink more slowly.
Psychologists are to improve online health information on lung cancer after research showed that family members are more likely to search online to encourage loved ones to seek help.  
Health interventions to increase exercise in older people could be more successful if they differentiated between people aged 65 to 79 years old and those over 80 years old.
Loneliness is bad for you. Some experts have even likened it to a kind of disease. What's unclear is how being being lonely leads to these adverse effects on our health.
Psychologists have documented a striking increase in references to alcohol and heavy drinking in the lyrics of UK chart music.
If you are a health psychology practitioner, academic or trainee then our Division of Health Psychology is challenging you to encapsulate the essence of health psychology in an image that you have created, accompanied by 150 words.
This event will be facilitated by Professor Marijn de Bruin and Professor Rob Ruiter.
The interaction between physical and mental health is complex but widely recognised. People with mental health conditions are at higher risk of developing physical illness, have conditions diagnosed later and have significantly higher mortality.
The British Psychological Society has called upon all parties contesting the general election to describe the measures that they would put in place within 100 days of taking office to create an NHS culture that supports positive patient outcomes through building a supportive working environment for all NHS staff.
We're told sitting is the new smoking and that we should consider working at standing desks, or perhaps better still, treadmill desks.
A House of Commons Health Committee report, published today (17 March 2015) says that social care at the end of life should be free to everyone. It also calls for improvements to help record people’s wishes for their last days.
Championing the active role of mental health service users in research and influencing increased access to cognitive behavioural therapies are just two of the topics under discussion in the latest additions to the British Psychological Society's audio interview series.
Nearly half the US population believes that the flu vaccine can give you flu.
There are some walks of life where trying to be right as often as possible is not enough. Just as important is having insight into the likely accuracy of your own knowledge.
A collection of papers in the journal Addiction suggests that the introduction of plain or standardised cigarette packs can deter non-smokers from taking up the habit and may cut the number of cigarettes smokers get through.
British Psychological Society, Research Seminar Series 2015: Exploring the ‘always on culture’.
The Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London has launched a new venture with global health provider Bupa, to develop applied digital behavioural change initiatives in key health issues.
A DVD designed to help people prepare for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan, including guidance on how to relax, led to more successful scans. The patients receiving the DVD also felt less anxious during the scan says a paper published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.
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