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

Moderate exercise in middle and older age cuts time spent in hospital

Men and women aged 40–79 are at significantly lower (25–27%) risk of long or frequent hospital admissions if they do some form of physical activity, a new study suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: exercise public-health ageing hospital

Almost a quarter of adults living under lockdown in the UK have experienced loneliness

One in four adults (24 per cent) in the UK have felt lonely because of coronavirus, according to a longitudinal study that is tracking mental health across the pandemic.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus mental-health spotlight-on-public-health spotlight-on-neuroscience

Wine glass size may influence how much you drink in restaurants

The size of glass used for serving wine can influence the amount of wine drunk, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge, funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). The study found that when restaurants served wine in 370ml rather than 300ml glasses they sold more wine, and tended to sell less when they used 250ml glasses. These effects were not seen in bars.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health alcohol

Becoming less active and gaining weight: downsides of becoming an adult

Leaving school and getting a job both lead to a drop in the amount of physical activity, while becoming a mother is linked to increased weight gain, conclude two reviews published today and led by researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 20, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health diet exercise

Deprivation strongly linked to hospital admissions

People who live in areas of higher than average deprivation are more likely to be admitted to hospital and to spend longer in hospital, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. The difference was particularly pronounced among manual workers and those with lower education level.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health poverty east-of-england

GP clinics could help bridge mental health treatment gap, study finds

Patients experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues could be managed effectively by GP practices, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. This could also help reduce the stigma faced by these individuals. However, specialist treatment may still prove more cost-effective in the long term, say the researchers.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 7, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health spotlight-on-neuroscience mental-health

Women in STEM: Emma Glennon

Emma Glennon is a PhD candidate in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Here, she tells us about her research on infectious disease and how they emerge, the importance of interdisciplinary work, and learning how to catch bats.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 17, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  epidemiology  infectious-diseases  women-in-stem  public-health

Menu labelling linked to less fat and salt in food at major UK restaurant chains

Food sold at restaurants whose menus display energy information are lower in fat and salt than that of their competitors, according to new research from the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 16, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-public-health public-health food obesity

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