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Scientists ‘must not become complacent’ when assessing pandemic threat from flu viruses

As our ability to assess the pandemic risk from strains of influenza virus increases with the latest scientific developments, we must not allow ourselves to become complacent that the most substantial threats have been identified, argue an international consortium of scientists.

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Understanding the bushmeat market: why do people risk infection from bat meat?

Ebola, as with many emerging infections, is likely to have arisen due to man’s interaction with wild animals – most likely the practice of hunting and eating wild meat known as ‘bushmeat’. A team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has surveyed almost six hundred people across southern Ghana to find out what drives consumption of bat bushmeat – and how people perceive the risks associated with the practice.

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Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows

Novel use of UK national data finds a growing gap between the prices of more and less healthy foods between 2002 and 2012. Healthy foods in 2012 were three times more expensive per calorie than less healthy foods. The researchers from the Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge who […]

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One in ten people over forty years old in Britain are vitamin D deficient

As many as one in ten people in Britain over forty years old may be vitamin D deficient, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

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Global violence rates could be halved in just 30 years, say leading experts

Research shows that homicide rates in many countries are falling; leading experts from around the world believe that global rates of homicide and other interpersonal violence – such as child abuse and domestic violence – could be reduced by as much as 50% in just 30 years if governments implement the right policies.

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Why live vaccines may be most effective for preventing Salmonella infections

Vaccines against Salmonella that use a live, but weakened, form of the bacteria are more effective than those that use only dead fragments because of the particular way in which they stimulate the immune system, according to Dr Pietro Mastroeni and researcher from the University of Cambridge.

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