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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.”


Wellcome Trust Population, Environment and Health team visit: 20 December

The Wellcome Trust Population, Environment and Health team will visit Cambridge University on Tuesday the 20th of December to give an overview of their funding schemes and invite your feedback on the changes they have made to their funding in a town hall forum. Please register here if you would like to attend.

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Cutting welfare to protect the economy ignores lessons of history, researchers claim

Amid ongoing welfare cuts, Cambridge researchers argue that investment in health and social care have been integral to British economic success since 1600. They warn that cutting welfare and social care budgets during times of economic hardship is a “historically obsolete” strategy that ignores the very roots of British prosperity. Writing in the leading medical […]

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Inability to safely store fat increases risk of diabetes and heart disease

A large-scale genetic study has provided strong evidence that the development of insulin resistance – a risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart attacks and one of the key adverse consequences of obesity – results from the failure to safely store excess fat in the body.

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Multi-drug resistant infection spreading globally among cystic fibrosis patients

A multi-drug resistant infection that can cause life-threatening illness in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and can spread from patient to patient has spread globally and is becoming increasingly virulent, according to new research.

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Questions of life and death

An ambitious seminar series began last week with a discussion of a remarkable documentary. Filmed in a pioneering hospice, The Time to Die addresses a subject that remains taboo for many. Joining the conversation are health professionals, medical students and members of the public, as well as those interested in film and ethics. The series continues on […]

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Research reveals accidental making of ‘Patient Zero’ myth during 1980s AIDS crisis

A combination of historical and genetic research reveals the error and hype that led to the coining of the term ‘Patient Zero’ and the blaming of one man for the spread of HIV across North America. A new study proves that a flight attendant who became notorious as the human epicentre of the US AIDS […]

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