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High-profile Cambridge role could be filled by a woman for the first time

Cambridge city centre.
Cambridge city centre. Credit: PA

A ceremonial role which dates back three centuries could be filled by a woman for the first time.

A vacancy has arisen to be one of Cambridge City Council's five mace bearers, responsible for carrying the authority's civic regalia at official events.

The council says it'll welcome applications from women this time around.

People start to arrive at Sundown Festival

Over the summer the East hosts some of the biggest festivals going. From Latitude in Suffolk, to the Cambridge Folk Festival and of course there's the V-Festival in Chelmsford.

Now with the nights drawing in its time for the grand finale with the appropriately named Sundown Festival taking place in Norwich this weekend with, among the line up, some of the biggest names in British music.

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The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge takes part in 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' after Stephen Hawking's nomination

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge has become one of the latest names to take part in the 'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Stephen Hawking nominated the Vice-Chancellor and Chancellor of Cambridge University, along with the director of the Science Museum, Ian Blatchford.

On a YouTube video the the Vice-Chancellor thanks the world-renowned scientist for his nomination.

Read more: Stephen Hawking takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

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Man charged following serious crash in Cambridge

A man has been charged in connection with a crash which left three teenagers with serious injuries.

Four teenagers were hurt after being struck by a Fiat Punto in Hills Road, Cambridge.

24-year-old Aaron Daley, of no fixed address, has been charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, and failing to stop following a collision.

He is due to appear at Cambridge Magistrates' Court today.

Cambridge: Scientists say breastfeeding could be good for your mental health

New research suggests that breastfeeding could help stop new mums getting postnatal depression.

The breast versus bottle debate has polarised opinion for years - but now scientists in Cambridge say that mothers who breastfeed, dramatically reduce their risk of developing mental health problems.

The mums of almost 14,000 babies took part in the study - one of the biggest of its kind undertaken.

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Postnatal depression 'less likely if you breastfeed'

New mothers who successfully breastfeed their babies are less likely to get postnatal depression, new research suggests.

Woman breastfeeding her baby.
Woman breastfeeding her baby. Credit: PA Images

Experts, including scientists from the University of Cambridge, surveyed women who had almost 14,000 babies during the 1990s when their children were two, eight, 21 and 32 months old.

Their study, published in the journal Maternal and Child Health, found that mothers who planned to breastfeed and who actually went on to breastfeed were around 50% less likely to become depressed than mothers who had not planned to, and who did not, breastfeed.

Those who planned to breastfeed, but who did not go on to breastfeed, were more than twice as likely to become depressed as mothers who had not planned to and who did not, they found.

"Breastfeeding has well-established benefits to babies, in terms of their physical health and cognitive development; our study shows that it also benefits the mental health of mothers."

– Dr Maria Iacovou, University of Cambridge.
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