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Report “Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement” out

John Clarkson, Deputy Chair of the PublicHealth@Cambridge Network, is first author of the report “Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement”. There have been numerous calls to implement a more holistic systems approach to transform health and care to address the needs of a changing patient population. Engineers routinely […]

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Challenges of experimental government seminar series

Randomised Control Trials, behavioural insights and ‘nudge’ style policy interventions have become popular in government, development policy, academia and business. There is, however, a lack of information and evidence on the challenges of setting up and implementing these complex social interventions and experimental evaluations particularly documenting when things go wrong and why. This seminar series […]

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Is late-life dependency increasing or not? Researchers working with CFAS data shed further light on this question

How much care are we likely to need in our older years, and for how long? Will future generations of older people spend much of their time completely dependent on carers? Will they require low levels of care much of the time, or will they remain largely independent?  The answers to these questions are important.  […]

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Ageing well: How our researchers are working with policymakers to help you age better

We are living longer than ever before and many of us are not enjoying good health in older age.1 Longer life expectancy does not necessarily come with more healthy years.2 As a consequence, ageing well has become a critical public health issue and an increasing focus for policymakers. So, how is our government currently working […]

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Large studies find screening reduces mortality for those with detectable type 2 diabetes but not for general population

Three large trials involving researchers from the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care show that screening for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors may not reduce mortality and cardiovascular disease in the general population. However, for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, screening is associated with a reduction in mortality […]

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Breath of life: how your risk of heart disease may stem back to your time in the womb

Smoking, lack of exercise, bad diet and our genes are all well-known risk factors for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. But, as researchers are beginning to understand, the environment in the womb as we first begin to grow may also determine our future. Underneath, a silent killer is brewing… there is a theory that a […]

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