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Meningitis campaigner to get honorary degree

Steve Dayman will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Bristol Credit: ITV News

A man who's campaigned for 30 years about meningitis and raised millions of pounds for research will be awarded an honorary degree at the University of Bristol today.

Steve Dayman lost his baby son Spencer to the illness. This afternoon, former nurse and equal rights campaigner Princess Campbell - who was the first black ward sister in Bristol - will also be honoured.

Bristol student helps prepare astronauts for Mars

Bristol student helps prepare astronauts for life on Mars Credit: University of Bristol

A student from the University of Bristol will be leading a team of seven experts to simulate what it would be like to live on Mars. 25 year old Ashley Dale will be spending two weeks at the Mars Desert Station in Utah.

The team will live in a small Habitat Module with limited electricity, food, oxygen and water. Their physical and psychological responses will be studied to help prepare astronauts for future missions to Mars.

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Study shows girls with absent fathers more likely to develop depression

New research from the University of Bristol shows that girls whose fathers were absent during the first five years of their lives are more likely to develop depression in adolescence.

It's one of only a few studies that looks specifically at the timing of a father's departure and its effect on mental health.

The research is part of the 'Children of the 90s' study, which looks at almost 6000 children.

Study says exercise does not help prevent depression

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Adding a physical activity did not have any more effect than usual care. Credit: ITV West

A new study carried out in the South West claims that physical exercise is not effective in treating depression. The research, from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, contradicts other evidence which says exercise can help treat the symptoms of depression.

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