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New Director of Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute announced

The Institute - one of the largest cancer research facilities in Europe - is based in the heart of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. This close …

Cancer

Keyhole surgery more effective than open surgery for ruptured aneurysm

This is the first randomised trial comparing the use of keyhole (endovascular) aneurysm repair versus traditional open surgery to repair ruptured …

Medicine

Five Cambridge medical students consider their career options

Coming face to face with over one thousand GPs and presenting your research at the biggest GP conference in the UK is one way to find out more about …

Sales of sugar-sweetened drinks in Jamie’s Italian restaurants fall by 11% after 10p levy - School of Clinical Medicine

After adjusting for general trends in sales the researchers, who included Professor Martin White, Dr Jean Adams and Dr Oliver Mytton from the Centre …

Major study of genetics of breast cancer provides clues to mechanisms behind the disease

Of these variants, reported today in the journals <i>Nature</i> and <i>Nature Genetics</i>, 65 are common variants that predispose to breast cancer and a further …

Cancer

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Glioblastoma are highly aggressive brain tumours that are associated with an extremely poor prognosis despite invasive surgery followed by concurrent …

Synthetic organs, nanobots and DNA ‘scissors’: the future of medicine

In a new film to coincide with the recent launch of the Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences, researchers discuss some of the most exciting …

Genetics

Cuts to mental health services putting young people at risk, say experts

In an article published today in the <i>Journal of Public Mental Health</i>, the team discuss the policy implications of their study published earlier in the …

Mental Health

Graduate, get a job … make a difference #7

<b>Gwilym Thomas (Trinity Hall), MB, Medicine (2015)</b><p>I graduated from Cambridge’s Medicine course in 2015 and I’m now working as a second year GP …

Type 2 diabetes successfully managed online

The results, published in <i>BMJ Open</i>, and funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), come from the first UK-based trial of its kind …

Diabetes

Salt gradient creates an antibacterial defense zone in the kidneys

The kidneys play a critical role in cleaning the blood and controlling the body’s water balance. Unfortunately, their function can be affected by a …

Medicine

Exploiting the ‘Achilles heel’ in early cancer progression

The KRAS oncogene is frequently activated by mutations in cancers (including 90% of pancreatic cancers and 30-40% of colorectal or lung cancers). …

Cancer

Leprosy turns the immune system against itself, study finds

Leprosy is an infectious disease that affects the skin and peripheral nerves and is caused by <i>Mycobacterium leprae</i> and, less commonly, <i>Mycobacterium</i> …

Medicine

Artificial bile ducts grown in lab and transplanted into mice could help treat liver disease in children

In research published in the journal <i>Nature Medicine</i>, the researchers grew 3D cellular structure which, once transplanted into mice, developed into …

Breakthroughs

Conducting rapid systematic reviews for policymakers

• What prevents or limits the uptake and maintenance of healthy behaviours by people in mid-life?<br>• Which behaviours in mid-life are associated with …

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Discovery of 15 new genetic risk factors for coronary heart disease

A study published in <i>Nature Genetics</i>, led by Dr Joanna Howson (PHPC) and funded by the British Heart Foundation, the European Research Council and the …

Common aldehydes causes cancer by breaking DNA repair mechanisms

A common class of chemicals, aldehydes, found everywhere from car exhausts, smoke, building materials and furniture to cosmetics and shampoos could …

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New insights into how the Zika virus causes brain birth defect

A study published today in <i>Science</i> shows that the Zika virus hijacks a human protein called Musashi-1 (MSI1) to allow it to replicate in, and kill, …

Why our brain cells may prevent us burning fat when we’re dieting

“Weight loss strategies are often inefficient because the body works like a thermostat and couples the amount of calories we burn to the amount of …

Weight Loss

New imaging techniques may help prevent heart attacks before they strike

<b>Two translational cardiology studies led by Dr James Rudd, Department of Medicine, and published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American</b> …

Study identifies hundreds of genes that influence timing of puberty and alter risk of several cancers

The study, published today in <i>Nature Genetics</i> and led by researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at the University of …

Research

Scientists discover two repurposed drugs that arrest neurodegeneration in mice

Misfolded proteins build up in the brain in several neurodegenerative diseases and are a major factor in dementias such as Alzheimer’s and …

Neuroscience

Major genetic study identifies 12 new genetic variants for ovarian cancer

Published today in the journal <i>Nature Genetics</i>, the findings are the result of work by the OncoArray Consortium, a huge endeavour led by scientists in …

Cancer

Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some – but not all – heart conditions

The finding that moderate drinking is not universally associated with a lower risk of all cardiovascular conditions suggests a more nuanced approach …

Research

Infections during pregnancy may interfere with key genes associated with autism and prenatal brain development

In a study published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Cyprus, University of Cambridge, University of …

Neuroscience

Fish peptide treats cardiovascular disease - School of Clinical Medicine

A novel peptide called Elabela/Toddler (ELA), first identified in the fish <i>Danio</i> as critical for the development of the heart, has now been identified …

The importance of preventing weight gain in adults to reduce incidence of type 2 diabetes - School of Clinical Medicine

Public health programmes to prevent type 2 diabetes generally target those at high risk of the disease, and while this can be effective for the …

Cambridge and Africa

Collaboration with Africa is embedded in the University of Cambridge’s DNA. I am paraphrasing our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, …

Africa

Personality traits linked to differences in brain structure

According to psychologists, the extraordinary variety of human personality can be broken down into the so-called ‘Big Five’ personality traits, …

The Brain