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

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“I feel like I’m Alice in Wonderland”: nightmares and ‘daymares’ could be early warning signs of autoimmune disease

20 May 2024

An increase in nightmares and hallucinations – or ‘daymares’ – could herald the onset of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, say an international team...

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Study unpicks why childhood maltreatment continues to impact on mental and physical health into adulthood

11 Apr 2024

Childhood maltreatment can continue to have an impact long into adulthood because of how it effects an individual’s risk of poor physical health and...

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Religious people coped better with Covid-19 pandemic, research suggests

30 Jan 2024

Two Cambridge-led studies suggest that the psychological distress caused by lockdowns (UK) and experience of infection (US) was reduced among those...

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Feeling depressed linked to short-term increase in bodyweight among people with overweight or obesity

10 Jan 2024

Increases in symptoms of depression are associated with a subsequent increase in bodyweight when measured one month later, new research from the...

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The Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2023 for Research Impact and Engagement

13 Dec 2023

Meet the winner of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards 2023 for Research Impact and Engagement and learn more about their projects.

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Early Career Researcher 2023 - Dr Barry Coughlan

13 Dec 2023

The joint winner of the Early Career Researcher 2023 is Dr Barry Coughlan.

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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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