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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.”

Spotlight on Mental Health

Spotlight on Mental Health: the 2017 Public Health@Cambridge Network Showcase The fantastic thing about this year’s event (which took place 14 June) was the way mental health was illuminated from such different angles and sources, from cognition to criminology and economics, education, history, public health, psychology, psychiatry and sociology. There were twelve reasonably short talks […]

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Cambridge Institute of Public Health congratulates our first Dame – Professor Theresa Marteau

Professor Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit (BHRU) and member of Cambridge Institute of Public Health, has been appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to public health in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Her research focuses on behaviour change to prevent inactivity, smoking, and […]

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Opinion: Maintaining the same weight as you age may prevent diabetes – even if you’re overweight to begin with

Dr Adina Feldman, writing for The Conversation, looks at how diabetes can be prevented even in people who are moderately overweight. It is well known that losing weight reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Our latest research shows that maintaining the same weight as you age may also prevent diabetes, even in people […]

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Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we’re dieting

A study carried out in mice may help explain why dieting can be an inefficient way to lose weight: key brain cells act as a trigger to prevent us burning calories when food is scarce. “Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we […]

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Extending weight loss programme helps overweight people keep more weight off and is cost-effective

Extending NHS weight loss programmes from one session per week for 12-weeks to one session per week for a year helped people who are overweight to lose more weight and keep it off for longer, according to a study published in The Lancet, and led by researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Liverpool […]

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Living in a poor area increases the risk of anxiety in women, but not in men

Women living in the most deprived areas are over 60% more likely to have anxiety as women living in richer areas.  However, whether men lived in poorer or richer areas made very little difference to their anxiety levels, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. Anxiety disorders, which often manifest as excessive worry, […]

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