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cancer treatment

Older People and Cancer: How Research Could Personalise Treatment Plans and...

Cancer is often described as a disease of ageing. And a key part of understanding any disease is studying its causes. This means that finding...
childhood brain tumour

Cell ‘Chatter’ Discovery Could Open Clinical Trial Opportunity for Fatal Childhood...

Brain tumours are hard to treat. But even this is a harrowing understatement for some forms of the disease. Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is...
Brain Tumours

Unlocking New Insight into Brain Tumours Using Neuroscience

The brain is the most complex organ in our bodies, controlling almost everything we do. Our ability to breathe, our earliest memories and deepest...
hearing loss

Drug Could Protect Children from Hearing Loss After Chemo

When cisplatin was first used to treat cancer in the late 70s, it made a big impact. “It was the most extraordinary breakthrough treatment,” says Dr Penelope...
oesophageal cancer

Combining Heartburn Drugs and Aspirin Could Help Prevent Oesophageal Cancer in...

In the famous words of Benjamin Franklin: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he may have been talking about fire...
Alzheimer’s disease

Brain Cholesterol Associated with Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

The question for us now is not how to eliminate cholesterol from the brain, but about how to control cholesterol’s role in Alzheimer’s disease...
greenhouse gas

Greenhouse Gas ‘Feedback Loop’ Discovered in Freshwater Lakes

The warming climates that promote the growth of aquatic plants have the potential to trigger a damaging feedback loop in natural ecosystems Andrew Tanentzap A new...
dementia

Mechanism Behind Neuron Death in Motor Neurone Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia...

This was a very exciting set of experiments where we were able to apply cutting edge tools from physics, chemistry and neurobiology to understand...
Superconductors

Some Superconductors Can Also Carry Currents of ‘Spin’

Spin is a particle’s intrinsic angular momentum, and is normally carried in non-superconducting, non-magnetic materials by individual electrons. Spin can be ‘up’ or ‘down’,...
infrared light

Researchers Develop Infrared-Based System to Read Body Language

The ability to use invisible light to determine someone’s role and attitude in social settings has powerful implications for individuals and organisations that are...
potassium

Potassium Gives Perovskite-Based Solar Cells an Efficiency Boost

Perovskites are very tolerant to additives – you can add new components and they’ll perform better. Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi An international team of researchers led by the...
Cyphochilus beetle

Ultra-White Coating Modelled on Beetle Scales

These cellulose-based materials have a structure that’s almost like spaghetti, which is how they are able to scatter light so well. Silvia Vignolini The material –...
drug stability

Method to Predict Drug Stability Could Lead to More Effective Medicines

This is a very old problem, and for pharmaceutical companies, it’s often too big of a risk. Axel Zeitler The researchers, from the Universities of Cambridge...
chronic pain

Identification of Brain Region Responsible for Alleviating Pain Could Lead to...

Pain can actually help us recover by removing our drive to do unnecessary things - in a sense, this can be considered ‘healthy pain’. Ben...
autism

Scientists Link Genes to Brain Anatomy in Autism

This takes us one step closer to understanding why the brains of people with and without autism may differ from one another Richard Bethlehem Previous studies...
Parkinson’s disease

Calcium May Play a Role in the Development of Parkinson’s Disease

This is the first time we’ve seen that calcium influences the way alpha-synuclein behaves. Janin Lautenschlӓger The international team, led by the University of Cambridge, found...
Artificial Intelligence

Cambridge and AI: What Makes This City a Good Place to...

In my experience, Silicon Valley is 10% tech and 90% hype, but Cambridge is just the opposite. Vishal Chatrath On any given day, some of the...
Trufflesvideo

Illuminating the Hidden Kingdom of the Truffle

Truffles are remarkable organisms and interesting ambassadors for our fascinating but fragile soil ecosystems Elizabeth Johnson “A unique aroma, a combination of newly plowed soil, fall...
robots

Robots Can Go All the Way to Mars, but They Can’t...

That last metre is a really interesting problem, because it's the barrier to robots really being able to help humanity. Fumiya Iida Stacks of vertical shelves...
mobile shopping

Newly-Developed Image Guidelines Will Improve Mobile Shopping Experience Worldwide

We want to improve the e-commerce images used for every product, at every retailer, in every country in the world. Sam Waller The concept, known as...