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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 …

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, …

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 …

Disease

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 …

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 …

Research

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 …

Sustainability

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 …

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, …

Trading

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 …

Research

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 …

Cancer

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 …

Diabetes