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Scientists use brain scans to monitor teenager changes

Scientists have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers.

Dr Kirstie Whitaker is from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge:

The research could help explain why the first signs of mental health problems emerge in adolescence, according to experts from the University of Cambridge.

Nearly 300 14-24 year-olds had MRI scans to study the structure of their brains.

By comparing the brains of teenagers of different ages, the researchers found that the outer regions of the brain shrink in size, becoming thinner.

As this happens, levels of myelin - the sheath that "insulates" nerve fibres, allowing them to communicate efficiently - increase within the outer regions.

Previously, myelin was thought mainly to reside in the "white matter," the tissue that connects areas of the brain, but this study shows that it can also be found in the outer regions and that levels increase during the teenage years.

"Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it's when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

"This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it's during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly."

– Professor Ed Bullmore, head of psychiatry at Cambridge
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have used brain scans to map the changes that occur in teenagers. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Safety fears over change of lampposts in Cambridge

Video report by ITV Anglia's Dani Crawshaw.

A Cambridge councillor fears for people's safety, after a controversial decision to replace lampposts along a popular cycling route in the city centre.

The number of lights along Burrell's Walk has been cut, and the height, at six-metres tall, means the trees obstruct them.

Councillor Lucy Nethsingha from Cambridge City Council says the new lampposts don't light up all of the pathway Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The idea was if they were so much taller, they would be able to light the path with fewer lights but because of the trees that are surrounding the lights. But because of the trees that are surrounding the lights actually the light levels simply aren't what they ought to be."

– Cllr Lucy Nethsingha, Cambridge City Council

The council is defending its decision saying they needed replacing by more efficient ones.


Wife of injured Cambridge Utd fan describes his life since injury

Video report by ITV Anglia's Chloe Keedy

Police have confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will appear in court in connection with an assault that left a football fan from Mildenhall with life changing injuries.

Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin travelled to Southend to see his team play in March 2015.

He was one of a small group of supporters who were attacked after the match as they walked to catch a train home.

The incident happened outside The Railway Pub in Southend, and left Simon with severe brain injuries.

After being treated in hospital for almost a year, Simon returned home to Mildenhall in March. His condition means he is unable to move or speak, and requires round the clock care.

As well as having the help of carers, Simon's wife Nicole and daughter Emily have the support of close family, most of whom live nearby.

Although Simon can't communicate verbally, Nicole believes he understands what has happened to him and is constantly frustrated by his condition.

Police today confirmed that thirteen men from Essex will face charges in connection with the incident last year.

One man has been charged with affray and a further 11 have been summoned to face the same charge at Southend Magistrates' Court on 2nd September.

A thirteenth man faces charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon.

Police are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Adam and Eve to be viewed "as nature intended" at Cambridge museum

A piece of 16th century biblical art will allow people to view Adam and Eve as nature intended at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Credit: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

A piece of 16th century biblical art will allow people to view Adam and Eve as nature intended at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

A team at the museum, along with mathematics experts at Cambridge University, have restored "The Primer of Claude of France," a manuscript that features biblical scenes and a child's guide to the alphabet.

13 men face charges in connection with injured Cambridge United fan

Thirteen men are to face charges in connection with a serious disturbance that left Cambridge United football supporter Simon Dobbin with life changing injuries Credit: Nicole Dobbin

Thirteen men are to face charges in connection with a serious disturbance that left a Cambridge United football supporter with life changing injuries.

44-year-old Simon Dobbin was among a small group of supporters who were assaulted in East Street, Southend on March 21 last year.

Mr Dobbin, from Mildenhall in Suffolk, is still undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a serious head injury and requiring round-the-clock care.

Eleven men have been summonsed to court to face charges of affray.

20-year-old Ryan Carter, from York Road, Southend has been charged with affray.

40-year-old Ian Young, 40 from Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff, has been summonsed to face charges of assisting an offender and possession of a weapon for the discharge of a noxious liquid or gas or an electrical incapacitation device.

All 13 are due to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on September 2.

"This has been a thorough and complex investigation and I would like to thank Mr Dobbin’s family for their continued support.

"Thirteen people now face charges but we are continuing our enquiries and ask anyone who believes they have information relating to the incident to contact us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate


Seeing red: residents say new road markings are 'overkill'

Maltings Lane Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bright red road markings have caused anger in Cambridge with residents living near Maltings Lane saying they're tantamount to "casual vandalism".

The signs have been painted on the roads as part of the city council's 20 mile per hour project. The council says setting the speed limit is a critical priority, but campaigners say the signs are "ludicrous".

" We new that the 20 limit was going to be introduced here and most people supported that, but we had no idea that it was going to result in signs like this. It's a complete eye-soar and it's happened throughout the whole area. This is complete overkill and a waste of money."

– Jean Glasberg, Resident
Maltings Lane, Cambridge Credit: ITV

Cambridge based technology company set to be sold to Japanese company

A Cambridge based technology firm is likely to be sold to a Japanese company for 24 billion pounds.

ARM Holdings make microchips for various smartphones including those made by Apple and Samsung. SoftBank, who want to take it over, say it'll double the number of staff.

The Prime Minister has welcomed the investment but the local MP is more cautious.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's David Wood.

ARM Holdings takeover: Founder says 'It's a sad day for technology in Britain'

Hermann Hauser is the founder of ARM Holdings Credit: Hermann Hauser

The founder of ARM Holdings says the takeover of the Cambridge company by a Japanese firm is a 'sad day for technology in Britain'.

Hermann Hauser says the creation of ARM Holdings has been the 'proudest moment' in his life.

The company makes chips for smartphone brands such as Apple and Samsung and employs 3,000 people in Cambridge at the Science Park.

ARM Holdings, Cambridge Science Park Credit: ITV News Anglia

"ARM has been the proudest achievement in my life and so it's a very sad day for me personally and for technology in Britain."

– Hermann Hauser, ARMS founder

Japanese internet giant SoftBank has said it will double the number of staff in the UK. While the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has welcomed the sale, calling it a 'vote of confidence' in Britain.

But the MP for Cambridge Daniel Zeichner is not convinced, raising concerns about what happens in the long term.

Watch a short clip with Hermann Hauser.

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