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“Public health is the science and art of promoting and protecting the health and well-being of whole populations, preventing ill-health and prolonging life through the organised efforts of society.”

Caring and sharing: challenges, costs and questions of dignity

Integration of healthcare (free at point of delivery from the NHS) and social care (means-tested and provided by local authorities) is under increasing scrutiny as the 2014 Care Act comes into effect. Research by Dr Brian Sloan, a legal scholar currently based at CRASSH, addresses some big questions about the legal framework and the ways in which the elderly and vulnerable are supported.

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Million man study examines long-term effects of blocking inflammation

Inflammation – the body’s response to damaging stimuli – may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease, according to a study published today in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. The finding is one of the outcomes of research using a powerful new genetic tool that mimics the behaviour of certain anti-inflammatory drugs. The technique […]

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Shopping vouchers could help one in five pregnant women quit smoking

Financial incentives could help one in five women quit smoking during pregnancy, according to new research published today in the journal Addiction. The study, led by Professor Theresa Marteau and researchers at the University of Cambridge and King’s College London, found that only a small number of women ‘gamed’ the system to receive the incentives […]

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Sleeping over eight hours a day associated with greater risk of stroke

People who sleep for more than eight hours a day have an increased risk of stroke, according to a study by the University of Cambridge – and this risk doubles for older people who persistently sleep longer than average. However, the researchers say it is unclear why this association exists and call for further research […]

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Supermarket promotions boost sales of less healthy foods more than healthier foods

Supermarket price promotions are more likely to lead to an increase in sales of less healthy foods than healthier choices in supermarkets, according to a study published today. However, the study of shopping patterns amongst almost 27,000 UK households found that supermarkets were no more likely to promote less healthy over healthier foods. Price promotions […]

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Professor Carol Brayne – Chair of the PublicHealth@Cambridge Steering Committee

Alzheimer’s Society-funded centre for dementia research opens in Cambridge

A new Doctoral Training Centre, funded by the Alzheimer’s Society, will aim to give a major boost to dementia research in Cambridge. The £450,000 specialist centre, coordinated by Professor Carol Brayne, will fund four PhD projects based at the Universities of Cambridge, Bangor, Newcastle and Sheffield, which will all look at the potential impact of […]

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