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Cambridge researchers are advancing understanding of mental illness and wellbeing – and putting this into practice.

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New report highlights increase in number of children and young people with eating disorders

21 Nov 2023

One in five children and young people have a probable mental health condition, according to The Mental Health of Children and Young People in England...

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“It's not one single trauma, it’s hundreds of traumas”

09 Nov 2023

Policies aimed at addressing the migrant crisis need to take into account the serious mental health issues faced by refugees and asylum seekers, say...

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Simple blood test can help diagnose bipolar disorder

25 Oct 2023

Researchers have developed a new way of improving diagnosis of bipolar disorder that uses a simple blood test to identify biomarkers associated with...

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Young children who are close to their parents are more likely to grow up kind, helpful and ‘prosocial’

09 Oct 2023

Study using data from 10,000 people in the UK found that those who had a closer bond with their parents at age 3 tended to display more socially-...

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Suppressing negative thoughts may be good for mental health after all

20 Sep 2023

The commonly-held belief that attempting to suppress negative thoughts is bad for our mental health could be wrong, a new study from scientists at...

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Healthy lifestyle can help prevent depression – and new research may explain why

11 Sep 2023

A healthy lifestyle that involves moderate alcohol consumption, a healthy diet, regular physical activity, healthy sleep and frequent social...

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Experts call for urgent mental health support for people living with long term autoimmune diseases

26 Jul 2023

More than half of patients with auto-immune conditions experience mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety, yet the majority are rarely...

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In-person mindfulness courses help improve mental health for at least six months

10 Jul 2023

Adults who voluntarily take part in mindfulness courses are less likely to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression for at least six months...

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Helping adolescents to feel competent and purposeful – not just happy – may improve grades

06 Jul 2023

Study of 600 teenagers suggests that having stronger self-awareness and sense of purpose may raise GCSE Maths scores "by a couple of grades".

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Reading for pleasure early in childhood linked to better cognitive performance and mental wellbeing in adolescence

28 Jun 2023

Children who begin reading for pleasure early in life tend to perform better at cognitive tests and have better mental health when they enter...

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Chemical imbalance in the forebrain underpins compulsive behaviour and OCD

27 Jun 2023

Neuroscientists say that the findings are a “major piece of the puzzle” in understanding OCD, and could open up new lines of treatment.

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Problems with ‘pruning’ brain connections linked to adolescent mental health disorders

24 Apr 2023

Problems with the brain’s ability to ‘prune’ itself of unnecessary connections may underlie a wide range of mental health disorders that begin during...

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