The UK government’s Soft Drinks Industry Levy (SDIL), introduced in April 2018 to help combat childhood obesity and related conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, has resulted in soft drinks manufacturers in the UK lowering the sugar levels in their drinks, researchers have found.
Discover world leading public health research taking place at Cambridge at this year’s Cambridge Science Festival! The festival will run from 9-22 Mar 2020, and bookings now open. Every year, public health scientists from Cambridge join the Cambridge Science Festival to explain how their research tackles today’s big threats to public health. The festival programme […]
China’s coronavirus outbreak: what do we know, what can we learn? Hitting the headlines daily is escalating concern about a new virus outbreak believed to have originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus is understood to be a new strain of coronavirus which is thought to have jumped the species barrier from animal […]
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH), the professional standards body for public health specialists and practitioners, has just published their new five-year strategy. The strategy outlines the FPH’s mission to work with its members to promote and protect human health and its wider determinants for everyone in society, through: Playing a leading role in assuring an effective […]
Estimates produced by the MRC Biostatistics Unit at the University of Cambridge underpin the key messages of Public Health England’s new report: ‘HIV in the UK: towards zero HIV transmissions by 2030’. The report shows that thanks to increases in HIV testing, fewer people remain unaware of their HIV status, with a consequent fall in […]
A major international study of the genetics of breast cancer has identified more than 350 DNA ‘errors’ that increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. The scientists involved say these errors may influence as many as 190 genes.
The popular emphasis on technology being harnessed by individuals fails to consider how it can be used to improve social determinants of health, say Richard Milne, Edo Richard, Eric B Larson, and Carol Brayne
Proteins in our blood could in future help provide a comprehensive ‘liquid health check’, assessing our health and predicting the likelihood that we will we will develop a range of diseases, according to research published today in Nature Medicine.
Depression is a major cause of disability around the world, and if left untreated, can lead to substance abuse, anxiety and suicide. Major depressive disorder is a particular form of the condition which affects many people, potentially causing loss of pleasure in activities that once used to bring joy. It can also lead to feelings […]
Metered-dose inhalers contain liquefied, compressed gases that act as a propellant to atomise the drug being delivered and to pump it out to the user. Originally chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), were used as the propellant but these potent greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances are now banned. Instead they have been replaced by hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propellants. While HFAs […]