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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.”


‘Missing’ data complicate picture of where patients choose to die

An NIHR-funded study from the University of Cambridge has raised questions about the widely-held assumption that most patients at the end of their lives prefer to die at home rather than a hospice or hospital. End-of-life care policy in the UK has a focus on enabling patients to die in their preferred place, believed for […]

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Study of half a million people reveals sex and job predict how many autistic traits you have

Measuring autistic traits in just under half a million people reveals that your sex, and whether you work in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) job, predict how many autistic traits you have, according to new Cambridge research published in the journal PLOS ONE. Autistic traits are not the same as having a diagnosis […]

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Plague in humans ‘twice as old’ but didn’t begin as flea-borne, ancient DNA reveals

New Cambridge research dates plague back to the early Bronze Age, showing it had been endemic in humans across Eurasia for millennia prior to first recorded global outbreak, and that ancestral plague mutated into its bubonic, flea-borne form between the 2nd and 1st millennium BC.

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Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

An international study of nearly 70,000 women has identified more than forty regions of the human genome that are involved in governing at what age a woman goes through menopause. The study, led by scientists at the Universities of Cambridge and Exeter, found that two thirds of those regions contain genes that act to keep […]

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New research leaves tumours with nowhere to hide

Hidden tumours that cause potentially fatal high blood pressure but lurk undetected in the body until pregnancy have been discovered by a Cambridge medical team.

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Old drug performs new tricks

Patients with the most dangerous type of high blood pressure will be able to receive far more effective treatment after Cambridge-led research reveals the powers of a “wonder drug” that has lain under the noses of doctors for 50 years.

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