The 100 best nonfiction books: No 15 – The Double Helix by James D Watson (1968)
An astonishingly personal and accessible account of how Cambridge scientists Watson and Francis Crick unlocked the secrets of DNA and changed the worldJim Watson was just 24 when, in collaboration with Francis Crick, he decoded the structure of DNA, “the molecule of life”. This was a 20th-century watershed, the solution to one of the great enigmas of the life sciences that would revolutionise biochemistry. In human history, without exaggeration, nothing would ever be the same again.Watson arrived at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University, during the autumn of 1951 looking for success, fame and the love ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 9, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Robert McCrum Tags: Science and nature Books Culture Genetics Biology Source Type: news

Scientists grow embryos in a lab for TWICE as long as thought possible
Scientists at Cambridge University and a team at Rockefeller University in New York have achieved the remarkable feat of growing a human embryo in a laboratory for 13 days for the first time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fat Labradors give clues to obesity epidemic
Researchers at Cambridge University identify a mutation in POMC gene which is strongly linked with weight, obesity and appetite in Labradors. Results were published in Cell Metabolism. BBC News (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - May 4, 2016 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Gene breakthrough promises 'bespoke' breast cancer treatment
"Breast cancer treatment breakthrough after 'milestone' genetic discovery," says The Independent, about widely reported research investigating genetic mutations in people with breast cancer. The researchers took samples of cancer cells from 560 people with breast cancer (556 women and four men). They compared the DNA from the cancerous cells with DNA from normal cells. They found 93 genes that had mutated in the cancer cells and concluded that they could have caused normal tissue to become cancerous. They also found 12 genetic patterns linked with breast cancer. These findings have been called "groundbreaki...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

California, Riverside and Cambridge University research whether money can buy you hapiness
Researchers from the California and Cambridge found no matter how much people earned, or how much debt they had, a buffer of easily accessible cash was associated with greater happiness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK dementia rates have fallen sharply in men
Conclusion The figures from this study are striking, particularly the drop in the incidence of dementia in older men. However, we don't know what is behind this dramatic drop. While it would be great to think that it's because men in their 80s are smoking less, exercising more and generally living healthier lives, we don't know whether this is true or if it can completely account for the big drop in dementia rates. It's possible that the figures for men aged 80 and over are less reliable than those for younger age groups, as there were fewer men of this age interviewed. For example, only 205 men aged over 85 were i...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology Older people Source Type: news

How Your Genes Can Influence When You Lose Your Virginity
Losing your virginity may seem like a product of circumstance, but according to a new study, the age at which you become sexually active can be—at least in part—determined by your DNA. The study, published in the journal Nature, found that while the age of first sexual experience is influenced more by factors like peer behavior and family background, genetics could account for 25% of variation. As Cambridge University epidemiologist John Perry put it, it’s “one quarter nature, three quarters nurture,” the Guardian reports. Some of the sections of DNA found to be connected with age of first sex...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - April 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Begley Tags: Uncategorized Genetics Source Type: news

Is your DNA making you promiscuous? Genes may influence sexual activity
Geneticists at Cambridge University studied 380,000 people to look for genes that lie behind when people start having sex and how their sexual behaviour continues in later life. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why your BRAIN could be making you fat
A new Cambridge University study has found that overweight people make diet choices 'divorced' from their knowledge about healthy food. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

PART 1: A Wide-Ranging Conversation with Physicist Geoffrey West about Life, Evolution and US Presidential Politics
GEOFFREY BRIAN WEST (photo courtesy GB West) Redmayne as Hawking. Cumberbatch as Turing. If the timing were right, Christopher Lee would have been superb in the big-screen story of British-born theoretical physicist Geoffrey West. (I've interviewed both.) While Lee was knighted by the Windsors for his service to drama and charity, West was dubbed Time magazine's "One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World." He is best known for his exploration of scaling laws as they pertain to biology, and to cities and companies. Kleiber's law was a particular inspiration. West has also been described as "striking...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Pitoti Digital Rock-Art wins an EU Prize for Cultural Heritage
(University of Cambridge) Researchers from Cambridge University are amongst the winners of the 2016 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe's highest honor in the heritage field. Of the 28 total winners, four projects are from the UK, including Prehistoric Picture Project Pitoti: Digital Rock-Art led by Dr. Frederick Baker and Dr. Christopher Chippindale of the Division of Archaeology, University of Cambridge. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - April 7, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Embryos with defective cells 'can still develop healthily'
Conclusion This mouse study helps to advance scientific understanding of how some embryos containing a mix of euploid and aneuploid cells develop normally and others do not. This looks to be related to the proportion of euploid and aneuploid cells early on in the cells' development, and their specific location. However, though the researchers saw clear implications for the assessment of embryo vitality in human fertility clinics, this research is at too early a stage to be able to accurately predict outcomes for human foetal development. Follow-up studies in people are needed to test whether this mice observation happens ...
Source: NHS News Feed - March 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Genetics/stem cells Source Type: news

How we ignore doctors' genetic test warnings and just leave it to fate
Research by Cambridge University established that people tend to ignore warnings from genetic testing and accept their fate. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sir Patrick Bateson: Zoologists Should Not 'Hog' Upcoming Royal Society Evolution Meeting
SIR PAUL PATRICK GORDON BATESON (photo, Cambridge University/courtesy PPG Bateson) With knighthood comes responsibility, and Sir Patrick Bateson takes the honor seriously. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003 for his service to biology and continues to serve by advancing public understanding of science, by bringing people together, educating. Bateson is one of the organizers of the upcoming Royal Society evolution meeting, for example, a scientific discussion that, in his words, "should impact on how we all think about humanity as a whole." And he's told me that zoologists -- he's one himself -- should not...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Why good cholesterol can be BAD for you, damaging the heart as much as smoking
Until this Cambridge University study it was thought a a high level of so-called 'good', or HDL cholesterol, was associated with a lower risk of heart disease. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cambridge University Library dusts off Darwin and Newton for display
Pages of books scribbled on by now famous owners are among rare items in 600th anniversary exhibitionCambridge University Library is celebrating its 600th anniversary by putting some of its greatest treasures on display – including volumes that have become more precious because their owners scribbled all over them.Sir Isaac Newton did not so much add notes to his own first edition of Principia Mathematica as an entire extra text, gluing in additional pages running to hundreds of words. William Morris spoke for generations of enraged authors when he scored out a line in the printed text of his translation of Beowulf, ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 8, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Exhibitions University of Cambridge Books Culture Art and design UK news Charles Darwin Isaac Newton Science Source Type: news

Perfectly preserved bronze age wheel unearthed in Cambridgeshire
Archaeologists carefully excavating wheel made of oak planks almost 3,000 years ago at site being called a Fenland PompeiiThe largest and most perfectly preserved bronze age wheel ever discovered in the UK, made of oak planks almost 3,000 years ago, has emerged from a site in Cambridgeshire dubbed a Fenland Pompeii.“This site is one continuing surprise, but if you had asked me, a perfectly preserved wheel is the last thing I would have expected to find,” said the site director, Mark Knight, from the Cambridge university archaeology unit. “On this site objects never seen anywhere else tend to turn up in mu...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Archaeology UK news Science Source Type: news

'Statins for the brain' could prevent millions of Alzheimer’s Disease cases
Cambridge University scientists say in future all adults over 30 could be offered the drugs to keep their brain healthy for as long as possible. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gravitational waves discovery: I was right, says Stephen Hawking
Cambridge University cosmologist says breakthrough tallies with predictions he made more than 40 years ago The discovery of gravitational waves could “revolutionise astronomy”, Prof Stephen Hawking said as he congratulated scientists on their groundbreaking work.The top cosmologist said the breakthrough tallied with predictions he made more than 40 years ago at Cambridge University. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 11, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Gravity Science Space Physics Astronomy Albert Einstein World news Source Type: news

New guidelines to drink less alcohol will 'make no difference' says Theresa Marteau
Cambridge University academic Professor Theresa Marteau, a member of the Alcohol Guidelines Development Group, said the advice is ‘unlikely to have a direct impact on drinking’. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keep cancer alive to stop it spreading, say scientists
Keeping cells alive around a tumour stops it expanding, the University of Cambridge has discovered (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cure cambridge university health cells treatment tumour wellcome trust cancer spread stop science Source Type: news

Tony Buffery obituary
My father, Tony Buffery, who has died aged 76, was a notable neuropsychologist once described by Clive James as having “a mind from outer space”. While at Cambridge University in the 1960s, he was a member of the Footlights and Beyond the Fringe revues, and began a career as a writer and performer.The younger son of Winifred, a typist, and George, who worked on the railways, Tony was born in Birmingham, weighing an astonishing 14lb. He gained a place at Mosley grammar school, where he excelled not only academically but in the javelin. He went to Hull University, then Cambridge to do his PhD with a thesis entitl...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 26, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Joanna Ferguson Tags: Neuroscience Comedy Clive James Source Type: news

World's First Massacre Scene? Scientists Make Grisly Discovery In Kenya
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Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 22, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Stone-age massacre offers earliest evidence of human warfare
Researchers say remains of 27 murdered tribespeople in Kenya prove attacks were normal part of hunter-gatherer relations Some 10,000 years ago a woman in the last stages of pregnancy met a terrible death, trussed like a captive animal and dumped into shallow water at the edge of a Kenyan lagoon. She died with at least 27 members of her tribe, all equally brutally murdered, in the earliest evidence of warfare between stone age hunter-gatherers. The fossilised remains of the victims, still lying where they fell, preserved in the sediment of a marshy pool that dried up thousands of years ago, were found by a team of scientist...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 20, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Archaeology Kenya Africa Anthropology Evolution Science World news Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking reflects on the Earth's chances of sustaining life – video
Physicist and cosmologist Prof Stephen Hawking, at his first Australian public lecture, appears at the Sydney Opera House from Cambridge University in England via hologram technology. Hawking reflects on the state of the universe and why he believes we need to set up colonies in outer space. Before his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Stephen Hawking Physics Science Space BBC Source Type: news

Low cost, safe and accurate test could help diagnose rare childhood cancers
(University of Cambridge) A non-invasive, low cost blood test that could help doctors diagnose some types of malignant childhood tumour has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge University Health NHS Foundation Trust. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 15, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Innovations in Science: China Changing the Face of Global Research
On December 10 when this year's Nobel Prize winners assemble in Stockholm for the annual award ceremony, there is one particular Laureate in the science categories whose award may very well signal the start of a trend. Youyou Tu, of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Beijing, is one of the co-winners of this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for her work in "discoveries concerning a novel therapy against Malaria". Born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China in 1930, she has no postgraduate degree (it was not offered in China prior to 1979), has not had any overseas research or study experiences and is not a memb...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - December 4, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Changes and improvements to the website coming in 2016
Conclusion In conclusion, the project to introduce a new CRM system greatly enhances the Society and members’ ability to communicate with each other and exchange data and information. It will ensure the Society continues to offer and provide the highest level of security of member data. It will provide a world-class online membership facility. The improved website will see an easier navigation experience and access to information, with an enhanced professional feel and look, seeking continually to have the website accurately reflect the status of the Society as a leading scientific Learned Society. Overall this is a ...
Source: The Nutrition Society - December 2, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: Mark Hollingsworth - CEO Blog Source Type: news

HIMSS Awards Cambridge University Hospitals Stage 6 Status of the International Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society has awarded Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) with Stage 6 of the international Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model (EMRAM). The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is an international organisation dedicated to improving healthcare quality, safety, cost-effectiveness and access, through the best use of IT. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - November 12, 2015 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Development Research and Development Source Type: news

Changes in the law mean sugar will be be cheaper and more widely available than ever
EU policy reforms will make sugar cheaper, and the low prices will make it even more profitable for companies to add it to processed foods, Cambridge University experts warn. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sperm donor children are fine without fathers, says Cambridge University
Study finds single mothers who used sperm banks did not suffer any greater social, psychological or emotional problems than a traditional family unit (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: family tradional sperm Cambridge University mum mother backlash single Source Type: news

Lessons Learned From Trends in Insufficient Sleep Across the United States
This article originally appeared on the Amerisleep blog. Rosie Osmun is the Creative Content Manager at Amerisleep, a progressive memory foam mattress brand focused on eco-friendly sleep solutions. Rosie writes more posts on the Amerisleep blog about the science of sleep, eco-friendly living, leading a healthy lifestyle and more. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: PHN, HSDF, Cambridge University, Others Form Partnership On Health Sector
[This Day] A new private sector initiative has emerged in the health sector to tackle the gaps in the industry and develop the next generation of healthcare leaders who will excel in governance, management and quality healthcare service provision (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 13, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Why being a summer baby is good for your health
The Cambridge University research also revealed girls born in summer started puberty later. Early puberty has been linked with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why being a summer baby is good for your health: People born in June, July and August are 'heavier at birth and taller as adults'
The Cambridge University research also revealed girls born in summer started puberty later. Early puberty has been linked with a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

People born in summer are taller than those with winter birthdays
Conceiving babies in the autumn could make children taller and healthier, new research from Cambridge University (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: cambridge university summer babies taller height healthier winter Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Syrian Refugee Crisis Triggers Bombs and Backlash
This week the refugee crisis caused by Syria's horrific civil war moved to the next stage. Though prompted into action to curb the carnage, the U.S. and Russia are at odds over whom to bolster and whom to bomb. With no end to the conflict in sight, the influx of asylum seekers in Europe continues to swell and the prospect of permanent settlement there for the displaced grows. In even the most welcoming countries a political backlash is in the making. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's popularity at home is falling for the first time as compassion reaches its limits. In Sweden, the anti-immigrant right-wing party now tops th...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Paying the price for caring
Imagine struggling to make the decision to go on strike … and being given an ASBO. Or tweeting your plan to bring bacon sandwiches to your colleagues on a picket line … and then watching as the union is sued for thousands of pounds. Or working in a job where your skills can mean life or death to the public … and seeing agency staff being drafted in to cover you on strike. Sounds excessive? Maybe even a bit dangerous? Well, these are real plans that the government is currently pushing through as part of the Trade Union Bill in Great Britain. The bill will severely restrict working people’s ab...
Source: UNISON Health care news - October 1, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: HarrisonDi Tags: Article Magazine trade union bill trade union bill 2015 Source Type: news

Epic EHR adds to UK hospital's financial mess
The rollout of a $300M Epic EHR implementation at Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK is making a bad financial situation worse, according to news reports from across the pond. Both CEO Keith M. McNeil and CFO Paul James of Cambridge have resigned, and the finances are under investigation. Electronic Health Records read more (Source: Healthcare IT News)
Source: Healthcare IT News - September 28, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Bernie Monegain Tags: Online Only Electronic Health Records Network Infrastructure Quality and Safety Source Type: news

Addenbrooke's recovery could take 'years', warns McNeil
Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust’s recently departed chief executive has warned he ‘does not know how the trust will cope’ this winter and that its problems could take years to address. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 25, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Support for ex-Cambridge chief 'not significant enough' for reinstatement
WORKFORCE: The result of a consultant vote at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has been declared ‘not significant enough’ to justify calling for the chief executive’s reinstatement. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 25, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The government is to blame for the situation at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, says UNISON
Commenting on the news today (Tuesday) that Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been placed into special measures, U‎NISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This is a shocking indictment of the government’s cavalier attitude towards the NHS, that a hospital like Addenbrooke’s – with its world class reputation – should find itself in special measures. “A persistent underfunding of the NHS is to blame. It’s a crisis entirely of the government’s making. Cambridge University Hospitals Trust is the 15th NHS trust to be put into special measures‎, but through no fault of t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - September 22, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Charlotte Jeffs Tags: News Press release health NHS Source Type: news

Addenbrooke's trust placed in 'special measures' by regulators
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest in the country, has been been placed in special measures after inspectors found a range of problems, including major shortages of nurses and midwives. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - September 22, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Addenbrooke's Hospital in special measures after Care Quality Commission inspection
'Inadequate' Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust requires 'urgent improvement' as inspectors find 'serious' problems had been ignored (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - September 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Care Quality Commission Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust CQC special measures Addenbrooke's Hospital Source Type: news

Cambridge University reveals tricks to help you to eat less but still feel full
Trying to shed the last few pounds but to no avail? FEMAIL has worked with Frida Harju, nutritionist at health and fitness app Lifesum, for her tips to make yourself feel fuller for longer. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

SMALLER plates CAN help you shed pounds by 'slashing 159 calories a day'
A study by Cambridge University scientists and published in the influential Cochrane Library is the most conclusive evidence to date that people do eat more if they have bigger portions in front of them. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Autism: Reading the Mind in the Eyes
Scientists at the University of Cambridge University have published new results in the journal PLoS ONE from the largest ever study of people with autism taking the 'Reading the Mind in the Eyes' test. Whilst typical adults showed the predicted and now well-established sex difference on this test, with women on average scoring higher than men, in adults with autism this typical sex difference was conspicuously absent. Instead, both men and women with autism showed an extreme of the typical male pattern on the test, providing strong support for the 'extreme male brain' theory of autism. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - September 14, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Autism Facts & Information Source Type: news