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New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days

  Scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have created a new technique that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells – allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days. The results published today in Stem Cell Reports open the door to producing […]

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Infections during pregnancy may interfere with key genes associated with autism and prenatal brain development

If a mother picks up an infection during pregnancy, her immune system will kick into action to clear the infection – but this self-defence mechanism may also have a small influence how her child’s brain develops in the womb, in ways that are similar to how the brain develops in autism spectrum disorders. Now, an […]

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Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some – but not all – heart conditions

Moderate drinking is associated with a lower risk of several, but not all, cardiovascular diseases, according to a large study of UK adults led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London published today in The BMJ. The finding that moderate drinking is not universally associated with a lower risk of all […]

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Concerns over wasting doctors’ time may affect decision to see GP

In the study, published today in the journal Social Science and Medicine, researchers from the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research report how the theme of ‘wasting doctors’ time’ arose so often during interviews conducted with patients about their experiences of primary care that they chose to study this topic in its own right.

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IMF lending conditions curb healthcare investment in West Africa, study finds

Research shows budget reduction targets and public sector caps, insisted on by the IMF as loan conditions, result in reduced health spending and medical ‘brain drain’ in developing West African nations.

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Physical activity, even in small amounts, benefits both physical and psychological well-being

Largest-ever smartphone-based study examining the relationship between physical activity and happiness has found even minimal activity can have positive effects.

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