Tree loss = increased cardiovascular disease, but why?

This research paper found that tree loss resulted in a 25% increase in cardiovascular disease incidence among over 100,000 women in the US. It’s not due to the mechanism of reduced exercise, so whats happening? Other suggested mechanisms could be air pollution, stress and social connections.It may also be due to the ‘old friends’ hypothesis that organisms are good for our immune system, as suggested by Grham Rook at UCL in his paper of two years ago. This is something that UEA student Caoimhe is investigating for her PhD .

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An easy way to up your physical activity without going to the gym…

An easy way to up your without going to the gym: add a bit of walking/cycling to your comute! Our recently published paper shows that even short, active components of commuting journeys may be beneficial. We studied commuters in Cambridge using GPS, heart rate & movement sensors.

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Return to work post-baby!

This week sees my return to work after ten months of maternity leave. I look forward to getting my teeth back in to work, including revising my paper regarding diabetes incidence in older people and greenspace exposure in the home neighbourhood, and finalising some analysis into the use of synthetic measures to model obesity prevalence. Watch this space…!

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Busy times at CEDAR

The Centre for Diet and Activity Research (CEDAR) at the University of Cambridge had a very busy September! A new Lead for Research in Dietary Behaviours and Public Health Interventions – Martin White – has been appointed, and Adam Martin from UEA has been a global media sensation, talking about his research into commuting behaviour and well-being. We’re now looking forward to the ‘Neighbourhood food environments, diet and health meeting‘ in November. Have a look at our news and events page to keep up to date with the latest happenings.


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Twelve tips on how to not get your paper published!

A flippantly serious view on the steps to take to make sure your paper is not accepted for publishing, published here. Insufficient theory, an incomplete literature review, nationally (not internationally) significant findings, salami-slicing, limited stats and ‘self-serving platitudes’ are apparently not the best way to go…


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Land Cover Map 2007 data now free of charge for academics!

The Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CeH) announced in the last week that the Land Cover Map 2007 data, released in 2011, is now free of charge to university staff and students. Users can download the data from Digimap (from Edina), provided their university is registered with the JISC scheme (most are, I believe). You may need to get your Digimap ‘Site Representative’ to activate this (as I did at UEA). This is great news for those wishing to get hold of pretty high resolution (25m raster) data detailing land cover/habitat types across the UK.

According to the CeH website, the methods have improved: ‘LCM2007 parcels come from generalised digital cartography, refined with image segments. LCM2000 uses only image segments‘. My initial impression suggests that the data is much more precise. For example, it picks up patches of green space in city centres that would have been mapped as ‘Continuous urban’ in the 2000 data release…Land Cover Map 2007

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‘Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities’ conference 28th Nov

I’m looking forward to the upcoming National Outdoors for All’ conference in London on 28th Nov. This should be a day of debate and discussion around ‘Natural solutions for tackling health inequalities’. It will be interesting to hear of initiatives and research to help us increase our mental and physical well-being. This should show us how we can use the ‘great outdoors’ to make us all happier and healthier. Plus, the venue is pretty nice too…!

National Outdoors for All Conference

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