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Target ‘best connected neighbours’ to stop spread of infection in developing countries

An innovative new study takes a network theory approach to targeted treatment in rural Africa, and finds that a simple algorithm may be more effective than current policies, as well as easier to deploy, when it comes to preventing disease spread – by finding those with “most connections to sick people”. Finding the best connected […]

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How to train your drugs: from nanotherapeutics to nanobots

Nanotechnology is creating new opportunities for fighting disease – from delivering drugs in smart packaging to nanobots powered by the world’s tiniest engines. Designing these particles, loading them with drugs and making them clever so that they release their cargo in a controlled and precise way: it’s quite a technical challenge. Mark Welland Chemotherapy benefits […]

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Common strength ‘genes’ identified for first time

Common genetic factors that influence muscle strength in humans have been identified for the first time in a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published today in Nature Communications. The very large number of individuals participating in UK Biobank provides a powerful resource for identifying genes involved in complex traits such as […]

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‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

A ‘brain training’ game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published today in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. There’s increasing evidence that brain training can be beneficial for boosting cognition and brain health, but it needs to […]

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Opinion: Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science

Most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives, but for some it can be a crippling condition. Writing for The Conversation, Olivia Remes, a PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, looks at what science tells us about beating the disorder. Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to […]

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An award winning fortnight for Cambridge Institute of Public Health

Professor Carol Brayne, Director of Cambridge Institute Public Health, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to public health medicine – one of two awards bestowed on Institute academics in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Earlier this week, she was also awarded the Faculty of Public Health’s 2017 […]

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