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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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‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

A ‘brain training’ game developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a study published today in The International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. There’s increasing evidence that brain training can be beneficial for boosting cognition and brain health, but it needs to […]

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Opinion: Surprising ways to beat anxiety and become mentally strong – according to science

Most people experience anxiety at some point in their lives, but for some it can be a crippling condition. Writing for The Conversation, Olivia Remes, a PhD candidate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, looks at what science tells us about beating the disorder. Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to […]

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An award winning fortnight for Cambridge Institute of Public Health

Professor Carol Brayne, Director of Cambridge Institute Public Health, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her services to public health medicine – one of two awards bestowed on Institute academics in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. Earlier this week, she was also awarded the Faculty of Public Health’s 2017 […]

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Using statistics to impact national HIV policy: A spotlight on the MRC Biostatistics Unit

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been a serious public health concern in the UK, and continues to be one of the biggest epidemics of our time. It is estimated that in 2014, over 100,000 people living in the UK had HIV, 1 and that 36.7 million individuals were living with HIV globally in 2015. 2 The disease, which attacks […]

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