Despite the headlines, dementia epidemic may not actually be getting worse

21 Aug 2015

The number of people with dementia – both new cases and total numbers with the disease – appears to be stabilising in some Western European countries despite populations ageing, in direct contrast to the ‘dementia epidemic’ reported in some recent studies. Professor Carol Brayne and Yu-tzu Wu from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health explore what this means.

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Monoclonal antibodies: the invisible allies that changed the face of medicine

10 Aug 2015

Forty years ago, two researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge developed a new technology that was to win him the Nobel Prize – and is now found in six out of ten of the world’s bestselling drugs. Dr Lara Marks from Department of History and Philosophy of Science discusses the importance of ‘monoclonal antibodies’.

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Antidepressants and pain killers: should we be worried?

15 Jul 2015

New research has identified an increased risk of brain haemorrhage from the combined use of antidepressant medicines and medicines such as ibuprofen. Should we be worried? Dr Rupert Payne from the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research looks at the evidence.

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Amy Milton

Novel Thoughts #8: Amy Milton on Hubert Selby’s Requiem for a Dream

03 Jul 2015

New film series Novel Thoughts reveals the reading habits of eight Cambridge scientists and peeks inside the covers of the books that have played a major role in their lives. In the final film, Dr Amy Milton talks about how Hubert Selby's Requiem for a Dream has inspired her pursuit of treatments for addiction.

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Is big data still big news?

30 Jun 2015

People talk about ‘data being the new oil’, a natural resource that companies need to exploit and refine. But is this really true or are we in the realm of hype? Mohamed Zaki explains that, while many companies are already benefiting from big data, it also presents some tough challenges.

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Carol Brayne

Novel Thoughts #7: Carol Brayne on Charles Dickens and George Eliot

29 Jun 2015

New film series Novel Thoughts reveals the reading habits of eight Cambridge scientists and peeks inside the covers of the books that have played a major role in their lives. In the seventh film, Professor Carol Brayne explains how being able to experience life as lived by other people through the works of Dickens, Gaskell and Eliot has given a broader perspective to her work.

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