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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 Champions weekend is almost here, when the pride of the counties head to Woodhall Spa in search of national titles.The men’s, boys’ and senior county champions will play in their respective events over Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13, to find their champion of champions.All three events are played over 36 holes on the Hotchkin course. The boys play their championship on Saturday, while the men play on Sunday, and the seniors play one round on each day.The action begins at 0723 on Saturday when Cambridgeshire’s David Marris (The Links, Newmarket) and Yorkshire’s George Muscroft (Otley) tee off the boys’ championship.The field includes two boy internationals, Somerset’s Jamie Li (Bath) and Lincolnshire’s Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa). Among the other competitors are Jamie Amor (Marlborough) who has just helped Wiltshire to win the Boys’ County Championship (image © Leaderboard Photography).The senior event will be defended by Hampshire’s Alan Mew (Stoneham), who also won the title in 2012. Mew is a senior international and, together with fellow competitor Stephen East of Moortown, Yorkshire, will represent England in next week’s Senior Home InternationalsAmong the other players in this weekend’s senior field is Hertfordshire’s Doug Cameron (Moor Park) who won the title in 2011.Sunday’s challengers for the men’s title include two internationals. Yorkshire’s Jamie Bower (Meltham), represented England in the Home Internationals and was a semi-finalist at the English men’s amateur, while Shropshire’s Will Enefer, (Wrekin) is an England and GB&I boy international.Among the other contenders is Durham’s Richard Aisbitt (Brancepeth Castle), who won the English mid-amateur championship for the Logan Trophy by six shots.Full scores, news and images will be available on the championship webpages 9 Sep 2015 County champions prepare for title showdown last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 5erNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4ylnWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea8m5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cpkjWould you ever consider trying this?😱tq44yCan your students do this? 🌚lit3jRoller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has been the cause of the cancellation and suspension of major sportin events across the world, and tennis is no different. Recently, ATP had postponed all its fixtures until the end of April, in addition to Miami Open, Indian Wells, Fed Cup and all other WTA and ITF events for the next month. However, doubts are now raising over the 2020 Wimbledon Championships, which might follow the same path, as stated by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELT).Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyWimbledon 200 is scheduled to start on June 29, and will run till 12th July. While there is still a three month period before the grand tournament begins, many sporting events supposed to occur in the similar time frame have already seen postponement. the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games, and the Euro 2020, both have been pushed back to 2021.“The AELTC can confirm that it is continuing a detailed evaluation of all scenarios for The Championships 2020, including postponement and cancellation, as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the club said in an official statement on Wednesday.Advertisement While there hasn’t been any official confirmation on the suspension of Wimbledon, the AELT is a little bewildered about the decision of a cancellation, as being the only grass court event, a postponed Wimbledon might bring about possible hazards.The club contined: “At this time, based on the advice we have received from the public health authorities, the very short window available to us to stage The Championships due to the nature of our surface suggests that postponement is not without significant risk and difficulty. Playing behind closed doors has been formally ruled out.”Advertisement It was only back during the second World War when the Grand Slam event was cancelled for back to back six years from 1940 to 1945. A decision of postponement this year will be the first time in the last 75 years of the Grand Slam event’s history.There has been 9,529 cases in the UK till now, along with 465 deaths, which is a major concern, as said by Richard Lewis, the chief executive of the AELTC.“The unprecedented challenge presented by the Covid-19 crisis continues to affect our way of life in ways that we could not have imagined, and our thoughts are with all those affected in the UK and around the world,” Lewis said in a recent interview.“The single most important consideration is one of public health, and we are determined to act responsibly through the decisions we make,” he added.Also read-Indian and international athletes react to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponementMaster Blaster’s masterplan: Tendulkar Coronavirus plea to Indians! Advertisementlast_img read more