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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 …

Medicine

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 …

Diabetes

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, …

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

Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study shows

The study, published in Lancet Psychiatry, found that 14-year-old adolescents who had contact with mental health services had a greater decrease in …

Patients recovering from depression show improvements in memory from the drug modafinil

Depression is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Symptoms such as difficulty concentrating or indecisiveness contribute to the …

The Brain

Crohn’s disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds

Crohn’s disease is one of a number of chronic ‘complex’ diseases for which there is no single gene that causes the disease. In fact, to date around …

What happens when you donate your body to medical education?

“I feel like I’m in a bit of a daze at the moment as to what just happened,” says Giri Nandakumar. “I have never seen a dead body before. The …

Education

A BLUEPRINT for blood cells: Cambridge researchers play leading role in major release of epigenetic studies

The studies are part of BLUEPRINT, a large-scale research project bringing together 42 leading European universities, research institutes and …

Genetics

Teenagers could see long-term benefits from new treatments for depression

Depression affects around one in twenty adolescents, causing considerable suffering and potentially affecting relationships and educational …

Depression

Cambridge to play major role in €400m EU food innovation project

The project, called EIT Food, has ambitious aims to cut by half the amount of food waste in Europe within a decade, and reduce ill health caused by …

Innovation

Cambridge scientists set to get £41 million boost from Cancer Research UK

A key part of the funding will involve training the next generation of cancer researchers - including 45 PhD students - to ensure the brightest …

Cancer

Anti-inflammatory drugs could help treat symptoms of depression, study suggests

Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge led a team that analysed data from 20 clinical trials involving the use of anti-cytokine …

Depression

New approach to treating type 1 diabetes aims to limit damage caused by our own immune system

Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and there is a rapid increase in the number affected each year. About 400,000 …

Diabetes

Professor Sir Patrick Sissons (1945-2016) - School of Clinical Medicine

Gifted physician who studied immune-mediated kidney disease and human persistent virus infections<p>Patrick Sissons, who died on 25 September, will be …

Dementia: Catching the memory thief

You may have heard of the ‘dementia tsunami’. It’s heading our way. As our population ages, the number of cases of dementia is set to rocket, …

Dementia

‘Gut feelings’ help make more successful financial traders

‘Gut feelings’ – known technically as interoceptive sensations – are sensations that carry information to the brain from many tissues of the body, …

University of Cambridge

Vaccination uptake among Traveller communities significantly lower than in general population

In a study published today in the Journal of Public Health, researchers from the Primary Care Unit at Cambridge examined records at a General …

Public Health

South Asian patients have worse experiences of GP interactions, study suggests

Patients’ evaluations of doctors’ interpersonal skills are used to assess quality of care. In both the UK and the US, certain minority ethnic groups …

UK Universities

Quadruple helix form of DNA may aid in the development of targeted cancer therapies

Scientists have identified where a four-stranded version of DNA exists within the genome of human cells, and suggest that it may hold a key to …

Genetics

Oesophageal cancer treatments could be tailor-made for individual patients, study finds

The findings, published in Nature Genetics on Monday, could help find drugs that target specific weaknesses in each subtype of the disease, …

Cancer

Opinion: Why danger is exciting – but only to some people

It has been the most deadly summer for wingsuit flying to date. But what makes some people want to base jump off a cliff, binge drink to oblivion or …

Psychology

“Opening the skull” of patients after head injury reduces risk of death from brain swelling

Traumatic brain injury is a serious injury to the brain, often caused by road traffic accidents, assaults or falls. It can lead to dangerous swelling …

Medicine

Major global study reveals new hypertension and blood pressure genes

The discoveries include DNA changes in three genes that have much larger effects on blood pressure in the population than previously seen, providing …

Genetics

Scans reveal how teenage brain develops - School of Clinical Medicine

Research led by Dr Kirstie Whitaker, Dr Petra Vertes and Prof Ed Bullmore (Psychiatry) has mapped the structural changes that occur in teenagers’ …

Novel potential approaches for treatment of cancers with KRAS mutations - School of Clinical Medicine

A study by Dr David Perera and Professor Ashok Venkitaraman (MRC Cancer Unit) has identified new potential avenues for the treatment of certain forms …

Wash cycle: making organs fit for transplantation

In a room in the Department of Surgery, a kidney sits inside a chamber connected to tubes and monitors. Solutions and gases are pumping through it …

Medicine

Time travelling to the mother tongue

No matter whether you speak English or Urdu, Waloon or Waziri, Portuguese or Persian, the roots of your language are the same. Proto-Indo-European …

Linguistics

Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

The study, published in <i>Science</i> by researchers at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and King’s College London, shows …

Genetics