William Bird

William Bird
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust · Westcall

Doctor of Medicine

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Throughout the world social isolation and loneliness are common and both have several adverse impacts on health and wellbeing. We are designed to live in close-knit communities and we thrive in close co-operation, however, modern life isolates us from others. To reduce the burden of loneliness and social isolation we need to find strategies to reco...
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Disconnection from nature seems to increase the risk of chronic stress. This is followed by a range of deleterious influences on our bodily systems. Many of these changes are related to chronic inflammation. This chapter evolves around the premise that natural environments are prerequisites for resilience to the various stressors of our daily lives...
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Natural environments have been used in healthcare for centuries. Modern approaches to incorporating nature in treatment include a range of methods, often named with the umbrella term ‘green care’. Nature can be seen either as a setting for the intervention (nature based), or as an integral part (nature-assisted). Common methods are horticultural th...
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Human beings have always been affected by their surroundings. There are various health benefits linked to being able to access to nature; including increased physical activity, stress recovery, and the stimulation of child cognitive development. The Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health provides a broad and inclusive picture of the relationsh...
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Background Active travel to school can be an important contributor to the total physical activity of children but levels have declined and more novel approaches are required to stimulate this as an habitual behaviour. The aim of this mixed methods study was to investigate the feasibility of an international walk to school competition supported by n...
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Climate change can be viewed as human-induced change to climate and depletion of natural systems. It potentially the biggest global health threat of the 21st century. It is predicted to have wide-ranging impacts upon human mental health and well-being, through changes and challenges to people's environment, socioeconomic structures and physical sec...
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Hospital admissions for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) impact considerably on disease evolution and healthcare provision. Building on previous studies, this study postulated that COPD patients could be stratified by risk of admission to determine which groups provide the greatest burden on resources, and how intervent...
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We combined a large clinical stroke registry with the UK Met Office database to assess the association between meteorological variables and specific clinical subtypes of acute stroke. We used negative binomial regression and Poisson regression techniques to explore the effect of meteorological values to hospital with acute stroke. Differential effe...
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A new understanding of health care is emerging - one which recognises that engaging with nature is fundamental to our health and wellbeing.
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This paper presents a novel system using NFC to increase support and encouragement of outdoor physical activity, or dasiagreen exercisepsila. The main aim of the project is to help combat the effects of the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of the British population which is leading to increasing health problems. The paper presents both the design a...
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Many COPD sufferers find that their symptoms become worse during colder weather, which can lead to an exacerbation resulting in hospital admission. This study investigates different measures of cold, assessing which most strongly relate to COPD admissions and whether they can be used to forecast risk of exacerbation. COPD admissions (ICD10 J40–J44)...
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The Parchmore Partnership, London, audited 11 evidence-based criteria relating to patient knowledge and COPD morbidity during December 2004 to March 2005 using questionnaires and practice records. 32 patients with moderate to severe COPD participated, and during the project they received information and extra care. Patient knowledge and clinical in...
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Overview • Excessive UV exposure, particularly during childhood, is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. There are around 65,000 new cases of skin cancer reported each year in the UK. • Sunlight may hold moderate mental health benefits, contributing to an individual's sense of well-being. • Levels of alcohol consumption increase on hot...
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Cold weather is associated with increases in mortality and demands on hospital services in the UK, particularly by the elderly. Less is known about the relationship with patterns of consultation in primary care. We wished to determine the magnitude and consistency of associations between cold temperature and consultations for respiratory conditions...
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To compare health walks, a community based lay-led walking scheme versus advice only on physical activity and cardiovascular health status in middle aged adults. Randomised controlled trial with one year follow up. Physical activity was measured by questionnaire. Other measures included attitudes to exercise, body mass index, cholesterol, aerobic c...
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Health walks use volunteers to lead brisk walks within the local natural environment. Walking has been shown to be the most successful way of increasing physical activity in a sedentary population. Health walks are a safe and cost effective method of providing a sustainable form of health promotion. They were started from Sonning Common Health Cent...

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