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 | Nov. 7, 2019 | cambridge
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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 | Oct. 16, 2019 | cambridge
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Antidepressant use more than doubles among over 65s in two decades

The proportion of people aged over 65 on antidepressants has more than doubled in two decades, according to new research led by the University of Cambridge and University of East Anglia (UEA).

Cambridge University News | Oct. 7, 2019 | cambridge
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Type 2 diabetes remission possible with ‘achievable’ weight loss, say researchers

People who achieve weight loss of 10% or more in the first five years following diagnosis with type 2 diabetes have the greatest chance of seeing their disease go into remission, according to a study led by the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | Sept. 30, 2019 | cambridge
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Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute receives major funding boost

Chris Skidmore, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, today announced a £30 million award to the University of Cambridge to support the new Cambridge Heart and Lung Research Institute (HLRI).

Cambridge University News | July 10, 2019 | cambridge
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Patients with an ‘empathic’ GP at reduced risk of early death

Patients who have been diagnosed with diabetes are at a lower risk of early death if they have a doctor who they describe as showing empathy towards them, a new study from the University of Cambridge has found.

Cambridge University News | July 8, 2019 | cambridge
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Problematic smartphone use linked to poorer grades, alcohol misuse and more sexual partners

A survey of more than 3,400 university students in the USA has found that one in five respondents reported problematic smartphone use. Female students were more likely be affected and problematic smartphone use was associated with lower grade averages, mental health problems and higher numbers of sexual partners.

Cambridge University News | July 4, 2019 | cambridge
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Parents’ lenient attitudes towards drinking linked to greater alcohol use among children

Children are more likely to start drinking alcohol, drink more frequently and get drunk if their parents have a lenient attitude towards drinking, finds a study from researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia.

Cambridge University News | June 12, 2019 | cambridge
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Food and drinks industry uses non-profit organisation to campaign against public health policies, study finds

A new study shows how a non-profit research organisation has been deployed by its backers from major food and beverage corporations to push industry-favourable positions to policymakers and international bodies under the guise of neutral scientific endeavour.

Cambridge University News | June 3, 2019 | cambridge
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Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minorities do less vigorous physical activity

Children from disadvantaged backgrounds and certain ethnic minority backgrounds, including from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds, have lower levels of vigorous physical activity, according to researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News | May 28, 2019 | cambridge
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