ICFO and Cambridge University Press announce the release of 'The Wonders of Light'
(ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences) ICFO and Cambridge University Press publish a book dedicated to discovering the amazing powers of light. The launch of the book coincides with the celebration of the International Year of Light 2015 proclaimed by UNESCO. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 19, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs awarded Blue Planet Prize
(The Earth Institute at Columbia University) Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, has been awarded the 2015 Blue Planet Prize. The prize is presented each year to two individuals or organizations worldwide to recognize major efforts to solve global environmental problems. The other recipient this year is Cambridge University economist emeritus Sir Partha Dasgupta. The prize is given by Japan's Asahi Glass Foundation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 18, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cambridge's 'Suicide Sunday' campaign and the deeper psychology of suicide
As students challenge a name they believe trivialises mental health issues, we look at the the work of scientists trying to understand despair and resilience Last Sunday marked the official end of exam term at Cambridge University, a day of garden parties and boat races. Over the years, this final Sunday of exam week has has gained the popular moniker “Suicide Sunday”, a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that students should celebrate making it through the stressful exam period without killing themselves.The name is intended in jest, but the presence of mental health problems among the student population remains a dar...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 16, 2015 Category: Science Authors: David Cox Tags: Psychology Mental health Society Science Depression University of Cambridge Higher education Source Type: news

Cambridge University To Offer Lego Professorship
Is this your dream job? The Lego Foundation, which owns 25 percent of the Lego company, is endowing a Lego professorship and research center at Cambridge University. The Lego Foundation gave Cambridge 2.5 million British pounds (about $3.9 million) to endow a "professorship of play in education, development, and learning," according to the Cambridge University Reporter. An additional 1.5 million pounds (about $2.3 million) will establish a research center within Cambridge's Department of Education to study the role of play in childhood development and learning. Lego did not immediately respond to a question ab...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

VIDEO: Could scientists 'switch off' pain?
Cambridge University researchers have identified a faulty gene that seems to switch pain off in some people and it is hoped the discovery could lead to new treatments. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gold-standard clinical trials fail to capture how behavior changes influence treatment
(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) Double-blind clinical trials for new drugs are considered the 'gold standard' of medical research but one effect these trials fail to measure is how a medication's performance can vary based on patients' lifestyle choices, according to a new study in PLOS ONE. Researchers from Princeton University, the California Institute of Technology and Cambridge University propose a new trial design that can measure such interactions between behavior and treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

India signs biotech pact with Cambridge University
India has signed a pact with the UK's prestigious Cambridge University to create a new programme of early-career fellowships in the field of biotechnology. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - June 3, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Student nurses get to know trust with ‘treasure hunt’
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has begun a new way of helping its new intake of students on placement to find their way around. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - May 26, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

'Humans could probably live forever as a machine, potentially' says vague neuroscientist
Dr Hannah Critchlow of Cambridge University has offered the most hesitant support yet for the possibility of humans becoming immortal through future technology, saying that she thinks it's a possibility we could make a motherboard advanced enough. (Source: The Independent - Science)
Source: The Independent - Science - May 26, 2015 Category: Science Tags: Science Source Type: news

The real reason you're not productive at work? Lack of SLEEP: Get seven hours a night and you can 'drink, eat and smoke what you like'
Smoking, drinking and eating does not affect productivity as much as having six hours sleep or less does, according to new research carried out by Cambridge University and Rand Europe. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

INCEST risk due to baby boom from donor sperm and eggs is 'extremely worrying'
Children from donors often live in similar areas and are the same age, raising the risk they might unwittingly begin a relationship with a half-sibling, said Professor Susan Golombok, of Cambridge University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study finds seasons may affect immune system activity
ConclusionThis research found seasonal variations in gene expression in one type of white blood cell. Some genes became more active in the summer months, while others became more active in the winter. For example, one gene involved in the body's anti-inflammation response was increased during the summer, while some involved in inflammation were increased in the winter. The researchers also found seasonal variation in the numbers of each type of white cell. These patterns were different in samples taken from people in the UK, compared with people from The Gambia.Because of the observational nature of each study, it is not p...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Heart/lungs Medical practice Source Type: news

'Serious illnesses strike more in winter as immune systems vary with seasons'
Heart attacks, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia are all more severe or commonly diagnosed in the winter,' said Cambridge University researchers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Body's immune response is stronger in the summer, Cambridge University study suggests
New research suggests seasonal changes in the immune system could explain why we are more likely to struggle with illness in the winter months (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - May 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: genes strokes summer immune NHS university of cambridge genetic heart attacks winter Source Type: news

Swapping orange squash for a cup of tea cuts diabetes risk
Sugary drinks raise the risk of diabetes, but swapping just one beverege for unsweetened tea can dramatically cut chances of developing the disease (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - May 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healht cambridge university how to lose weight tea sugar diabetes orange squash Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking: Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction – video
Stephen Hawking tells One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics. He says it may prove there is an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in the band. The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, streamed in from Cambridge University Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 27, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Guardian Staff Tags: Stephen Hawking Zayn Malik One Direction Science Australia news South Pacific World news Physics Source Type: news

Stephen Hawking tells fans Zayn Malik could still be in a parallel One Direction
Holographic Hawking suggests theoretical physics might come to the aid of the band’s fans who long to have the singer still in its lineupStephen Hawking has told One Direction fans to pay close attention to theoretical physics because it might come up with proof of an alternative universe in which Zayn Malik is still in the band. The physicist and cosmologist appeared in holographic form at the Sydney Opera House on Saturday, streamed in from Cambridge University in the UK. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 27, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Monica Tan Tags: Zayn Malik One Direction Music Stephen Hawking Physics Science Culture Sydney The Theory of Everything Film Source Type: news

Probiotics May One Day Be Used To Treat Depression
What you eat can have a major impact on how you feel emotionally. A diet rich in probiotics -- which support the growth of "healthy" bacteria in the gut -- is known to boost digestive health and can even improve a person's immune system. But now an increasingly robust body of evidence suggests that gut bacteria may exert a significant effect on brain function and mental health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that can be found in your body, as well as in supplements and foods fermented with live active cultures such as some yogurts, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir. These "good" bacteri...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 17, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

How long distance running makes men attractive
Men who run long distances attract more women because in evolutionary terms they would have been better at hunting prey, Cambridge University researchers said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cambridge University Unearths Medieval Hospital Cemetery
Cambridge University has unearthed one of Britain's largest medieval hospital cemeteries, containing more than 1,000 human remains. NPR's Audie Cornish and Melissa Block talked to the leader of the dig, Craig Cessford, about the new findings.» E-Mail This (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - April 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Takeaway boom fuelling obesity: Number up by 45% in some places as poorest areas now have more eateries than 20 years ago 
Takeaway establishments have nearly doubled in 20 years, according to research. A study by Cambridge University found the biggest increases were in the most deprived neighbourhoods. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medieval Graveyard With More Than 1,000 Skeletons Unearthed At Cambridge University
A giant medieval graveyard containing the skeletal remains of more than a thousand people has been unearthed at the University of Cambridge in England. (Scroll down for photos.) Archaeologists dug up the remains of 400 individuals, along with the fragmentary remains of what could be as many as 1,000 more individuals, the university said on its website. The burials date mostly from the 13th through the 15th centuries, when a hospital stood opposite the graveyard. One of Britain's biggest. Historians had been aware of the burial ground since the 1950s, the Guardian reported, though its scale was unknown. The site repre...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medieval hospital cemetery for poor found under Cambridge University
Remains of more than 1,000 people, many thought to be struggling scholars from 13th-15th centuries, discovered during excavations at St John’s College Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 1, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Archaeology University of Cambridge UK news Science Education Anthropology Source Type: news

Medieval hospital cemetery for poor found under Cambridge University
Remains of more than 1,000 people, many thought to be struggling scholars from 13th-15th centuries, discovered during excavations at St John ’s CollegeOne of Britain ’s largest medieval cemeteries containing the remains of more than 1,000 people has been unearthed under part of the University of Cambridge.The hospital cemetery, which catered largely for scholars who had fallen on hard times, was found during excavations beneath the Old Divinity School at St John ’s College.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 1, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Archaeology University of Cambridge UK news Science Education Anthropology Source Type: news

Cambridge professor has compiled the most in-depth study of SEX in Britain
Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk in the Statistical Laboratory at Cambridge University compiles comprehensive review of the nations sexual habits - the most in-depth ever (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Amazing Slo-Mo Video Of Baby Praying Mantis Jumping Gives Scientists Big Surprise
Praying mantises are pretty amazing jumpers--and you don't have to take that on faith. Just have a look at this amazing new video (above) of a baby mantis making a heroic Hail Mary hop and nailing a very tricky landing. The video is a slowed-down look at a leap that in real life takes only 80 milliseconds--or briefer than the blink of an eye. It shows that, unlike fleas and grasshoppers and other jumping insects, mantises don't spin uncontrollably while airborne. For the scientists who captured the video as part of a new study published March 5, 2015 in the journal Current Biology, that came as a big surprise. “...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Shopping vouchers 'most effective' way to help pregnant women stop smoking
One-fifth kicked the habit before giving birth when receiving financial incentives in a Cambridge university study, more than twice the rate using traditional services Pregnant women are more likely to stop smoking if they are given shopping vouchers as a financial incentive, according to scientists. The study found that one-fifth of women in the scheme had stopped smoking by the time they gave birth, more than twice the rate achieved using traditional support services.People have this attitude of ‘why should the feckless poor who smoke their head off during pregnancy be rewarded?' Continue reading... (Source: Guardi...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 26, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin, science correspondent Tags: Medical research Science Smoking UK news University of Cambridge Women Pregnancy Health & wellbeing Parents and parenting Health policy Source Type: news

Longer sleep linked to stroke
Conclusion This cohort study found that, overall, people who sleep for more than eight hours have a 46% increased risk of stroke. When analysed separately, there was no statistically significant association for men, but a much higher increased risk for women, of 80%. A major strength of the study is the number of potential confounding factors that the researchers tried to account for, including many cardiovascular risk factors. However, it did not account for other illnesses such as sleep apnoea or cancer, which may have had an effect on the amount of sleep and risk of stroke. In addition, the study is reli...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Lifestyle/exercise Neurology Older people Source Type: news

Sleeping more than eight hours raises stroke risk, Cambridge University warns
Older people who slept for longer than eight hours were more likely to have a stroke within 10 years (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - February 25, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Anti-Aging Chocolate May Make Skin Look 30 Years Younger
A world where you could eat chocolate without gaining weight would be pretty great, but a world where you could eat chocolate and look younger with every bite would be a dream come true. And that dream could be a reality, according to Lycotec, a UK-based company with research ties to Cambridge University. They've created "Esthechoc," a 70 percent dark chocolate that touts some serious anti-aging claims. Researchers say the treat is so potent, just one 7.5-gram piece of the chocolate packs the same anti-oxidant punch as 100 grams of regular dark chocolate or even 300 grams of Alaskan salmon. Creators say that,...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Too good to be true? The beauty therapy chocolate to 'smooth wrinkles, increase blood flow and help skin look radiant'
Esthechoc was developed from research originating at Cambridge University and will be unveiled at next month’s Global Food Innovation Summit in London. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenage boys' babies are '30% more likely to develop autism, schizophrenia and spina bifida'
Scientists at Cambridge University say the male reproductive system may not work properly until a few years after puberty after finding high levels of DNA mutations in teenage boys' sperm cells. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Alzheimer's breakthrough as scientists discover how to stop disease in earliest stages
The breakthrough by Cambridge University scientists creates the prospect of a treatment which could be routinely taken by middle-aged people to stop dementia in its tracks. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Addenbrooke’s boosts establishment with 100 overseas nurses
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been joined by over 100 nurses this month, after a successful overseas recruitment drive. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - February 4, 2015 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Inactivity 'twice as deadly' as obesity
Conclusion This study’s strengths included its large size and long follow-up period. Researchers also took into account a large number of factors (called confounders) that might have influenced the risk of death, such as diet, smoking history and alcohol intake, although it is still possible that both measured and unmeasured confounders influenced mortality rates. The study had one important limitation. It only measured people’s BMI (calculated by combining their weight and height) and their physical activity once, at the start of the study. It is quite possible that people’s BMI changed over time, and t...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Walk 20 minutes to live longer: Huge study reveals benefit of daily exercise (and how a lack of it kills twice as many people as obesity) 
Cambridge University researchers say burning between 90 and 110 calories on the walk would cut the risk of premature death by between 16-30 per cent. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lack of exercise is twice as deadly as obesity, Cambridge University finds
Even a small amount of exercise reduces the risk of premature death, Cambridge University finds (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: walking brisk walk cambridge university activity ageing ways to stay young how to stay fit Source Type: news

Why Your Personality Does Determine What City You Should Live In
While loving Bon Iver and fair trade coffee doesn't necessarily mean you should live in Portland, those Buzzfeed "Which city should you actually live in?" quizzes might be onto something. If you're sick of the city you live in, it may be because personality doesn't fit the environment, according to new research. A study of 56,000 London residents found that life satisfaction depends on how well your personality suits the city you live in. Researchers from Cambridge University and the University of Helsinki analyzed a subset of data from the BBC's "Big Personality Test," a survey of over 590,000 Brit...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 13, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Breast cancer breakthrough as Cambridge University finds gene behind killer disease
Cambridge University and the Wellcome Trust's Sanger Institute have discovered the gene responsible for triple negative breast cancer (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - January 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: have I got breast cancer care symptoms cures awareness Source Type: news

Scientists use skin cells to make artificial primitive sperm and eggs
The next step in the project led by Cambridge University will be to inject the cells into mouse ovaries to see if they fully develop. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Charles Darwin’s voyage on Beagle unfolds online in works by ship’s artist
Digitised sketches and watercolours by Conrad Martens have been placed online by Cambridge University library Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 24, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Maev Kennedy Tags: Charles Darwin Science History of science Art and design Culture Education UK news Source Type: news

The Memory of a Great Love
Like a parachute, a heart can open fully; a person can, even after a long fall out of love, survive.read more (Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center)
Source: Psychology Today Addiction Center - November 30, 2014 Category: Addiction Authors: Gina Barreca, Ph.D. Tags: Addiction Relationships cambridge university can you get over your loss of love? dating elizabeth bowen how to cope when your lover leaves you how to survive your lost love London long distance relationships losing your great love lo Source Type: news

'Major incident' declared for flagship IT project
Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust has apologised to local GPs after ‘a significant number of problems’ with the implementation of its new electronic records system. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - November 25, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Could a sponge on a string help diagnose cancer?
Researchers at Cambridge University in England have come up with a new method of diagnosing esophageal cancer that they say is just as effective as an endoscopy. It involves swallowing a pill that turns into a sponge. Alphonso Van Marsh reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

James Barnett obituary
My colleague James Barnett, who has died aged 91, was a scientist passionately devoted to the study of yeasts, the microscopic fungi at the heart of the production of wine, bread and beer. He seamlessly wove his career with his pastime over more than 70 years, beginning his laboratory-based research in yeast taxonomy and nutrition in 1953 at Cambridge University in the Low Temperature Station for Research in Biochemistry and Biophysics. He later moved to the Institute of Food Research in Norwich.Although an assiduous and meticulous experimentalist, he made his lasting mark in work of a more scholarly nature. With Roger Pay...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: John Turner Tags: People in science Education Fungi Biology Source Type: news

Could FRUIT help heart attack patients?
A team of doctors and biologists at Cambridge University believe injecting a chemical found in strawberries and apples could reduce the damage to the heart in the aftermath of an attack. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CNS Spectrums tackles the topic of violence head on
CNS Spectrums, published by Cambridge University Press, has just published a special issue on violence(PRWeb October 22, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12263198.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - October 23, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Are vegetative patients aware of their surroundings?'
Cambridge University has found a 'fingerprint of consciousness' in patients who are in a vegetative state using a simple test based on measuring patterns of brainwaves. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AUDIO: Scientist develop new EEG brain scan
Researchers at Cambridge University say they have found a new way of searching for signs of awareness in the brains of patients in a persistent vegetative state (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How eating healthily can triple your shopping bill
The Government needs to target the rapidly rising price of healthy food if they want to slash the £5.6bn diet-related illness costs the NHS, Cambridge University researchers have discovered. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news