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Big Data

Health benefits of effective data sharing

A comment piece in Nature discusses the potential health benefits that could arise from effective data sharing. The need to balance this with protecting research participants and providing credit to scientists who generate datasets is discussed. Data users are invited to complete an online survey to allow their experiences, successes and challenges to be used […]

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Public Health and Big Data round table discussion

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Breastfeeding may reduce Alzheimer’s risk

A new study from the University of Cambridge suggests that mothers who breastfeed run a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with longer periods of breastfeeding further reducing the risk.

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UK Dementia prevalence figures decline over past 20 years

Results from two major cohort studies, led by the University of Cambridge and supported by the Medical Research Council, reveal that the number of people with dementia in the UK is substantially lower than expected because overall prevalence in the 65 and over age group has dropped.

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Literacy, not income, key to improving public health in India

New research from Professor Larry King and colleagues at the University of Cambridge Department of Sociology suggests that public health in developing countries may be better improved by reducing illiteracy rather than raising average income. Pro-market policies for developing countries have long been based on the belief that increasing average income is key to improving […]

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Funding opportunities from the NIHR

The NIHR Public Health Research (PHR) Programme funds research into evaluation of public health interventions, looking at benefits, costs, acceptability and wider impacts of non-NHS interventions intended to improve the health of the public and reduce health inequalities. The Programme is multi-disciplinary and covers a broad range of interventions that improve public health. Commissioned calls […]

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