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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 …

Medicine

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 …

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 …

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 …

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> …

Medicine

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 …

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, …

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

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 …

Mental Health

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 …

Medicine

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 …

Medical 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 …

UK Universities

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 …

Medicine

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 …

Medicine

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, …

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