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Targeting of Syrian healthcare as ‘weapon of war’ sets dangerous precedent,...

The strategy of using people’s need for healthcare against them by violently denying access sets a dangerous precedent that the global health community must urgently address, say an international team...

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DeepMind-Royal Free deal is “cautionary tale” for healthcare in the...

Researchers studying a deal in which Google’s artificial intelligence subsidiary, DeepMind, acquired access to millions of sensitive NHS patient records have warned that more must be done to regulate...

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Opinion: Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment –...

Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty....

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Opinion: The science ‘reproducibility crisis’ – and what can be done about it

A survey by Nature revealed that 52% of researchers believed there was a “significant reproducibility crisis” and 38% said there was a “slight crisis”. We asked three experts how they think the...

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Revealed: face of ‘ordinary poor’ man from medieval Cambridge

The audience of an event at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival found themselves staring into the face of a fellow Cambridge resident – one who had spent the last 700 years buried beneath the venue...

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Infections during pregnancy may interfere with key genes associated with...

In a study published today in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, researchers at the University of Cyprus, University of Cambridge, University of California, San Diego, and Stanford University used rats...

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Opinion: Aid workers get a bad rap – but too often they’re thrown in at the...

Acute famine in the Horn of Africa, an impending food crisis in Yemen and ongoing civil war in Syria are among the main causes of today’s global refugee crisis. Currently there are more than 65.3m...

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Opinion: A rattled Saudi Arabia pivots for support to South-East Asia

Capital cities across Asia spent the last month rolling out the red carpet for a rarely seen visitor: Saudi Arabia’s ageing King Salman, accompanied by a hundreds-strong diplomatic entourage including...

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New study shakes the roots of the dinosaur family tree

For 130 years palaeontologists have been working with a classification system in which dinosaur species have been placed in to two distinct categories: Ornithischia and Saurischia. But now, after...

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Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle – and vice...

Marauding hordes of barbarian Huns, under their ferocious leader Attila, are often credited with triggering the fall of one of history’s greatest empires: Rome.  Historians believe Hunnic incursions...

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Moderate drinking linked to lower risk of some – but not all – heart conditions

The finding that moderate drinking is not universally associated with a lower risk of all cardiovascular conditions suggests a more nuanced approach to the role of alcohol in prevention of...

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Alzheimer’s research at the University of Cambridge to benefit from £5million...

R. Derek Finlay is donating £5 million to fund the completion of the Chemistry of Health building, in the Department of Chemistry, and to support new research into neurodegenerative diseases. The...

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New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days

Human pluripotent stem cells are ‘master cells’ that have the ability to develop into almost any type of tissue, including brain cells. They hold huge potential for studying human development and the...

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Major genetic study identifies 12 new genetic variants for ovarian cancer

Published today in the journal Nature Genetics, the findings are the result of work by the OncoArray Consortium, a huge endeavour led by scientists in the UK, the USA and Australia. This particular...

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Cambridge awarded £40m to create world-leading health care improvement...

This is the charity’s single largest grant to date and will create an institute that is the first of its kind in Europe. Led by Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and...

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Encouragement from teachers has greatest influence on less advantaged children

Schoolchildren who receive words of encouragement from a teacher are significantly more likely to continue their education beyond the age of 16 than those who do not, a new study suggests. The...

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The OCD Brain: how animal research helps us understand a devastating condition

When David Adam was just 18, a teasing comment from a university friend triggered a series of thoughts that he had contracted HIV and would die of AIDS. This was around the time of peak hysteria about...

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Three Jane Austen letters are shown together for the first time

On 5 May 1801 the novelist Jane Austen sat down in an upper room of a terraced house in Bath to write to her sister Cassandra. She had that day arrived in the popular spa town, following her father’s...

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Opinion: The Road to Brexit, or The UK’s Journey into the Unknown

As the Prime Minister signed the letter triggering Article 50 –the "divorce clause" in the EU treaties that provides the only legal route for the UK to withdraw from the EU— we reached the end of the...

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Rotating molecules create a brighter future

Writing in Science this week, the team, from the University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia and the University of Eastern Finland, describes how it developed a new type of material that...

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