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Scientists double number of known genetic risk factors for endometrial cancer

An international collaboration of researchers including the Cambridge Institute of Public Health has identified five new gene regions that increase a woman’s risk of developing endometrial cancer, one of the most common cancers to affect women, taking the number of known gene regions associated with the disease to nine.

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Does nature make you happy? Crowdsourcing app looks at relationship between the outdoors and wellbeing

A new app will crowdsource data to help scientists understand the relationship between biodiversity and wellbeing. The app, developed at the University of Cambridge, maps happiness onto a detailed map that includes all the UK’s nature reserves and green spaces.

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Call to arms: how lessons from history could reduce the ‘immunisation gap’

A rise in the number of outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases has highlighted the growing trend for parents not to have their child vaccinated. Could the activities of a group of teenagers in 1950s America inspire a fresh look at the effectiveness of pro-vaccine public health information campaigns?

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Reducing number of infectious malaria parasites in donated blood could help prevent transmission during transfusion

A technique for reducing the number of infectious malaria parasites in whole blood could significantly reduce the number of cases of transmission of malaria through blood transfusion, according to a collaboration between researchers in Cambridge, UK, and Kumasi, Ghana.

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Flexible hours ‘controlled by management’ cause stress and damage home lives of low-paid workers

Researcher Dr Alex Wood calls on new DWP Minister Stephen Crabb to acknowledge distinction between flexible scheduling controlled by managers to maximise profit, damaging lives of the low-paid in the process, and high-end professionals who set their own schedules – an issue he says was publicly fudged by Ian Duncan-Smith to justify zero-hour contracts.

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Stroke survivors face ‘invisible impairments’ to return to work

‘Invisible impairments’ can make it difficult for stroke survivors to maintain a job, according to a study from the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The findings, published on 6 April 2016 in the journal BMJ Open, suggest that more needs to be done to make survivors, their GPs and employers […]

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