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A teenagers world...

Changes in brain structure during teenage years provide clues to onset of mental health problems

Scientists have mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers’ brains as they develop, showing how these changes may help explain why the first signs of mental health problems often arise during late adolescence. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the University of Cambridge and […]

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Ancient faeces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road

Intestinal parasites as well as goods were carried by travellers on iconic route, say researchers examining ancient latrine. An ancient latrine near a desert in north-western China has revealed the first archaeological evidence that travellers along the Silk Road were responsible for the spread of infectious diseases along huge distances of the route 2,000 years […]

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Impacting NICE guidelines through the consultation process

Dr Robbie Duschinsky, of Cambridge’s Primary Care Unit at the School of Clinical Medicine, mobilised international colleagues to ensure draft NICE guidelines that had the potential to impact on the experiences and outcomes of children suspected of being the victims of maltreatment were revised to reflect the most robust and up-to-date evidence. To learn more […]

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Opinion: A varied diet can prevent diabetes – but can you afford it?

Pablo Monsivais (MRC Epidemiology Unit) and Annalijn I. Conklin (University of California, Los Angeles) discuss what sort of diet can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In a study of over 25,000 adults with detailed information about their eating habits, people with a greater diversity of foods in their diet showed a 30% lower […]

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Obesity linked to premature death, with greatest effect in men

A study of 3.9 million adults published today in The Lancet has found that being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of premature death. The risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and cancer are all increased. Overall, the excess risk of premature death (before age 70) among those who are […]

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Leveraging insights from a career’s worth of research to help shape primary care

Professor Martin Roland CBE, Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge, used a career’s worth of research and insight to help shape the future of primary care. This included chairing a government commission on the primary care workforce and working hard to ensure that the Commission’s recommendations were effectively communicated to […]

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