first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement TAGSDr Rachel SumnerDr Stephen GallagherIrish Research CouncillimerickSASH LabunemploymentUniversity of Limerick (UL) Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Previous articleJailed #Limerick driver suing MIBI claims courts ‘got it wrong” convicting himNext articleMaking Space: Changing Ground new work for International Dance Day Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Postdoctoral researcher Dr Rachel Sumner at work in the University of Limerick.Postdoctoral researcher Dr Rachel Sumner at work in the University of Limerick.UNEMPLOYMENT not only affects people psychologically, it also affects them biologically.That was the outcome of research conducted at the University of Limerick (UL) using people’s saliva to measure levels of stress associated with employment and unemployment.Researchers conducted the study using the spit of 110 participants, 59 per cent of which were unemployed.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Previous research showed that unemployment is a risk factor for depression, but now a team of researchers from the Study of Anxiety, Stress and Health laboratory (SASHlab) at UL, have extended on this to show that the stress of unemployment gets inside the body.Director of SASHlab, Dr Stephen Gallagher and postdoctoral researcher, Dr Rachel Sumner, wanted to see whether the stress associated with unemployment impacted on the hormonal health of those unemployed. They were particularly interested in looking at hormones associated with stress, accelerated ageing, heart disease, and depression.In the study, unemployed and employed people gave completed a stress survey and provided saliva samples to assess their hormone levels. The results found that unemployed people are not just more stressed, stigmatised, depressed and report poorer physical health compared to those who are employed; they also displayed a less healthy hormonal profile compared to those who were employed.The UL researchers’ findings showed that these irregular hormonal patterns are not only similar to those experiencing chronic stress, but similar patterns have been seen in those with depression and heart disease. The research group also found that self-esteem and social support might be factors that can change someone’s experience of unemployment.According to their analysis, those people who have more social support tend to fare better during unemployment, while those with higher stress and lower self-esteem fare worse biologically.“Our initial findings not only confirmed that unemployment constitutes a psychological risk for health; it now demonstrates that the stress associated with unemployment constitutes a biological risk, a risk that could underlie a range of negative health outcomes from depression, poor immunity, and accelerated ageing,” Dr Gallagher told the Limerick Post.This indicates that the stress from unemployment may put these individuals at risk of disease or exacerbate any underlying health conditionsDr Sumner suggests, “It also underscores the importance of providing support and interventions to those who are unemployed to counteract the negative experiences associated with unemployment”.Funding from the Irish Research Council supported this work and the results of the study have now been published in a prestigious peer-reviewed scientific journal.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick research shows that unemployment gets inside the bodyBy Alan Jacques – April 22, 2016 1141 last_img read more

first_img “We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game. “The whole squad is together and they want our fans to see them fighting and scrapping for everything. It’s the least they deserve.” Swansea are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of managerial candidates and hope to appoint Monk’s successor before their Premier League home game with West Ham on December 20. Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been linked with the post in what would mark a return to his homeland for the former Wales captain. “First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it’s true,” United manager Louis van Gaal said when asked about the reports at his press conference before the league visit to Bournemouth. “And (in that case), he’s coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it’s the truth. I’m sorry. “I cannot speak about ‘if’. The ‘if’ situations.” Former United manager David Moyes had earlier ruled himself out of the running after figuring heavily in the betting following Monk’s departure. Moyes said he was ready to return to management following his dismissal from Spanish top-flight club Real Sociedad in November, but insisted Swansea was not for him. “I’m not interested in the (Swansea) job,” Moyes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSport. “I’ve let that be known earlier in the week that it wasn’t for me.” Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who is currently at Greek club AEK Athens, is expected to be among the names discussed. The Uruguayan was close to landing the job when Brendan Rodgers was appointed in 2010 and is understood to be out of contract at the end of the season, so compensation would not be a huge issue. Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp, Chelsea’s former Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo and Rangers manager Mark Warburton are others who have been heavily linked with the Swansea vacancy. Press Association Curtis, who has been involved with Swansea for 40 years in various roles as player and coach, takes charge of team affairs at Manchester City on Saturday following a week of turmoil at the Liberty Stadium. Monk was sacked on Wednesday after a run of one win in 11 games, ending his 22-month tenure as manager and an association with Swansea stretching back to 2004 when he first joined as a player. “It’s been a difficult few days for everyone,” Curtis told the official Swansea website. “We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game. “But Garry’s departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with Kristian O’Leary. “We all feel – staff and players – that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday. “Some may say it’s too late because Garry’s already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters.” Swansea have slipped from a top-four place in late August to being a single point above the relegation zone after taking only six points from the last 33 on offer. But Curtis promises they will test third-placed City at the Etihad Stadium. “Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won’t be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in,” Curtis said. Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits Garry Monk’s departure was more painful because he had been at the club for so long.last_img read more