New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery

A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer require

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: advanced-materials heart-disease health medicine animal-research heart

Genomes front and centre of rare disease diagnosis

Cambridge-led study discovers new genetic causes of rare diseases, potentially leading to improved diagnosis and better patient care.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna health genome genome-sequencing rare-diseases

Blood test to monitor cancer up to ten times more sensitive than current methods

A new method of analysing cancer patients’ blood for evidence of the disease could be up to ten times more sensitive than previous methods according to new

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna health cancer blood blood-test

Zooming in on breast cancer reveals how mutations shape the tumour landscape

Scientists have created one of the most detailed maps of breast cancer ever achieved, revealing how genetic changes shape the physical tumour landscape, according to research funded published in Nature Cancer.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: health cancer breast-cancer

Admitting practices of junior doctors may be behind ‘weekend effect’ in hospitals, study suggests

Study links the ‘weekend effect’ of increased hospital mortality to junior doctors admitting a lower proportion of healthy patients at the weekend compared to weekdays.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 6, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: health medicine hospital

Women in STEM: Dr Anna-Maria Pappa

Dr Anna-Maria Pappa is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and holds the Oppenheimer Research Fellowship and Maudslay-Butler Research Fellowship from Pembroke College. Her research is focused on the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  antibiotic  women-in-stemm  bioengineering  health

Eight Cambridge researchers awarded major European starter grants

Eight Cambridge researchers are among the latest recipients of European Union awards given to early-career researchers from over 50 countries.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 3, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: women-in-stem antibiotic women-in-stemm bioengineering health

Cause of hardening of the arteries – and potential treatment – identified

A team of UK scientists have identified the mechanism behind hardening of the arteries, and shown in animal studies that a generic medication normally used to treat acne could be an effective treatment for the condition.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 11, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: spotlight-on-innovation chemistry health drug-discovery artery medical

Machine learning algorithm helps in the search for new drugs

Researchers have designed a machine learning algorithm for drug discovery which has been shown to be twice as efficient as the industry standard, which could accelerate the process of developing new treatments for disease. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 11, 2019 ~4 min

Tags:  artificial-intelligence-ai  machine-learning  health  drug-discovery  pharmaceutical  algorithm

Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep. The research, led by a team at the University of Cambridge, suggests that our cards may be marked even before we are born.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease health animal-research cardiovascular-disease-cvd pregnancy heart

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