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Report “Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement” out

John Clarkson, Deputy Chair of the PublicHealth@Cambridge Network, is first author of the report “Engineering better care: a systems approach to health and care design and continuous improvement”. There have been numerous calls to implement a more holistic systems approach to transform health and care to address the needs of a changing patient population. Engineers routinely […]

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Geographies of Health Reading Group Invitation

After its first, successful year, the Geographies of Health Reading Group will continue to discuss a wide variety of topics within the field of Health and Medical Geography this year. Starting from one or two articles, the reading group offers the opportunity for an open discussion around a subject suggested by one of the group […]

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Is late-life dependency increasing or not? Researchers working with CFAS data shed further light on this question

How much care are we likely to need in our older years, and for how long? Will future generations of older people spend much of their time completely dependent on carers? Will they require low levels of care much of the time, or will they remain largely independent?  The answers to these questions are important.  […]

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Ageing well: How our researchers are working with policymakers to help you age better

We are living longer than ever before and many of us are not enjoying good health in older age.1 Longer life expectancy does not necessarily come with more healthy years.2 As a consequence, ageing well has become a critical public health issue and an increasing focus for policymakers. So, how is our government currently working […]

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Large studies find screening reduces mortality for those with detectable type 2 diabetes but not for general population

Three large trials involving researchers from the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the Department of Public Health and Primary Care show that screening for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors may not reduce mortality and cardiovascular disease in the general population. However, for individuals diagnosed with diabetes, screening is associated with a reduction in mortality […]

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Breath of life: how your risk of heart disease may stem back to your time in the womb

Smoking, lack of exercise, bad diet and our genes are all well-known risk factors for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. But, as researchers are beginning to understand, the environment in the womb as we first begin to grow may also determine our future. Underneath, a silent killer is brewing… there is a theory that a […]

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Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking medication

Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients’ own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for stopping taking potentially life-saving drugs, according to research published today. These findings have highlighted the need for an open, honest dialogue between patients and/or […]

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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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