School segregation by wealth is creating unequal learning outcomes for children in the Global South

Millions of the world’s poorest children are leaving school without mastering even basic levels of reading or maths because of an overlooked pattern of widespread, wealth-based inequalities in their countries’ education systems, new research suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
today ~6 min

Tags: education international-development inequality africa

Antibody designed to recognise pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry dementia alzheimers-disease neuroscience

Healthcare rationing could see ‘unlawful deaths' from COVID-19, researchers claim

Current medical guidelines risk unlawful deaths of patients – with doctors, hospitals, and even the government potentially liable – if a second peak forces hard choices due to shortages of ventilators and other critical care resources.     

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 law ethics hospital

Surging numbers of first-generation learners at risk of being left behind in education systems worldwide

‘First-generation learners’ – a substantial number of pupils around the world who represent the first generation in their families to receive an education – are also significantly more likely to leave school without basic literacy or numeracy skills, a study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: international-development education africa

National trial launched to test re-purposing existing drugs to treat COVID-19 patients

A new trial to prevent organ failure and death in COVID-19 patients has been launched led by clinicians and scientists in Cambridge and London.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ‘mild to moderate’ mental distress – study

Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: suicide mental-health public-health

Rolling 50/30 day cycle of lockdown and relaxation could be a useful option for managing COVID-19, model suggests

An alternating cycle of 50 days of strict lockdown followed by 30 days of easing could be an effective strategy for reducing the number of COVID-19-related deaths and admissions to intensive care units, say an international team of researchers.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus public-health spotlight-on-public-health infectious-diseases

AI successfully used to identify different types of brain injuries

Researchers have developed an AI algorithm that can detect and identify different types of brain injuries.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  imaging  neuroscience  ai  artificial-intelligence  machine-learning  brain

Tackling COVID-19: Dr Sander van der Linden

 “The psychology of pandemics was not on my research agenda, but I can tell you one thing: it is now,” says Dr Sander van der Linden. As an expert in psychological and behavioural science, his research has - until recently - been focused on societal risks like climate change and misinformation. Suddenly he has a lot to contribute to the pandemic response. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  infectious-diseases

Opinion: Employers should cut hours not people during the pandemic

If the UK emulated short-time working programmes in countries like Germany it would help mitigate the mental health as well as economic crises caused by the coronavirus, argue researchers from the Employment Dosage project.    

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: employment covid-19 mental-health wellbeing

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