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Number of people with dementia in some Western European countries could be stabilising

Risk of dementia may be falling due to improved education and living conditions, and better prevention and treatment of vascular diseases, highlighting the need for policies to improve health across the lifecourse. In a Policy View published in The Lancet Neurology journal, Professor Carol Brayne, Yu-Tzu Wu and a group of leading experts on the […]

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Cancer patients lose faith in healthcare system if referred late by GP

If it takes more than three trips to the GP to be referred for cancer tests, patients are more likely to be dissatisfied with their overall care, eroding confidence in the doctors and nurses who go on to treat and monitor them, according to new research. The results are based on further analysis of survey […]

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‘Brain training’ app may improve memory and daily functioning in schizophrenia

A ‘brain training’ iPad game developed and tested by researchers at the University of Cambridge may improve the memory of patients with schizophrenia, helping them in their daily lives at work and living independently, according to newly published research. This proof-of-concept study is important because it demonstrates that the memory game can help where drugs […]

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Regular consumption of sugary drinks associated with type 2 diabetes

Sugar sweetened drinks may give rise to nearly two million diabetes cases over ten years in the US and 80,000 in the UK, estimates a study published in the BMJ. An international team of researchers led by the Fumiaki Imamura at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, set out to assess whether or not habitual […]

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Antidepressants and pain killers: should we be worried?

New research has identified an increased risk of brain haemorrhage from the combined use of antidepressant medicines and medicines such as ibuprofen. Dr Rupert Payne from the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research looks at the evidence.

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Health costs of ageing could shoot up without technological innovation

A new report co-authored by Cambridge researchers warns that without technological innovation over the next decade, healthcare costs in the UK could be significantly higher than currently projected by the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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