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Placenta is dumping ground for genetic defects

Researchers have confirmed that the normal structure of the placenta is different to any other human organ and resembles that of a tumour, harbouring many of the same genetic mutations found in childhood cancers.Read more

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Diphtheria risks becoming ‘major global threat’ again as it evolves resistance to antimicrobials

Diphtheria is evolving to become resistant to a number of classes of antibiotics and in future could lead to vaccine escape, warn an international team of researchers.Read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day

8th March marks International Women’s Day, hear from two women who work in research at the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.Read more

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Could repairing damaged donor livers be the key to increasing life-saving transplants?

Researchers have found a way to grow ‘mini bile ducts’ in a lab-setting to repair damaged livers.Read more

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Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing – but unlikely to work for everyone

Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety and stress and increase mental wellbeing but not in all non-clinical settings and may be no better than other practices aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing.Read more

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Dexamethasone should be avoided in patients with chronic subdural haematoma

A commonly-used treatment for chronic subdural haematoma could lead to a worse outcome than receiving no medication. Read more

Symptoms of depression linked to increased risk of heart disease and stroke

People who experience symptoms of depression are more likely to go on to develop heart disease or suffer a stroke than those who report good mental health.Read more

Apathy could predict onset of dementia years before other symptoms

Apathy – a lack of interest or motivation – could predict the onset of some forms of dementia many years before symptoms start. Read more

AI speeds up cancer treatment

Doctors aim to drastically cut cancer waiting times using artificial intelligence to automate lengthy radiotherapy preparations.Read more

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Rhythm and bleughs: how changes in our stomach’s rhythms steer us away from disgusting sights

Disgust is a natural response to unpleasant sights, but for some people, disgust can become pathological, affecting their mental health and quality of life.Read more

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Addenbrooke’s specialist endocrinology services ranked best in UK

In their annual specialist hospital rankings, Newsweek has rated the specialist diabetes and endocrinology services at Addenbrooke’s Hospital as the best in the UK, and 20th internationally. Patients attending clinics through this service Read more

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Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

Gold nanotubes – tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair – could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.Read more

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