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Launch of new research unit in blood borne and sexually transmitted infections

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A new collaboration of health protection researchers across UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England has launched today.

UCL study finds new evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality

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Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study.

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life

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Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study.

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters

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Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers.

Three quarters of people with seasonal and pandemic flu have no symptoms

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Around 1 in 5 of the population were infected in both recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, but just 23% of these infections caused symptoms, and only 17% of people were ill enough to consult their doctor, according to new UCL-led research.

Education ‘protects’ poor women from fattening effects of rising wealth

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Education fair in Egypt

Obesity levels among women in low- and middle-income countries tend to rise in line with wealth as they purchase more energy-dense foods, but a new UCL study suggests that more educated consumers make better food choices that mitigate this effect.

MAMS-TB trial stops recruiting patients to two arms

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The MAMS-TB trial, being conducted by the PanACEA consortium is stopping recruiting patients to two of its arms. This follows a meeting of the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) which looked at interim analyses. The IDMC recommended that the arms testing the HRZQ and HR20ZQ combinations of drugs should be closed, as the interim results were not promising enough. These two arms include the drug SQ109 instead of ethambutol in the standard 6-month combination with rifampicin given at the higher dose of 20mg/kg in the HR20ZQ arm. Patients are still being recruited to the other three arms of the trial.

Deputy Director for the Life Study

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Professor Carol Dezateux, Director of Life Study at the UCL Institute of Child Health, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Elias as Deputy Director of the Study.

Why tackling appetite could hold the key to preventing childhood obesity

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A heartier appetite is linked to more rapid infant growth and to genetic predisposition to obesity, according to two papers published in JAMA Pediatrics today.

UCL to benefit from £8.9m medical bioinformatics grant

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The Minister for Science and Universities, the Rt Hon David Willetts, announced today that the Medical Research Council (MRC) has made an investment of £8.9 million to a consortium of institutions, comprising UCL, Queen Mary University of London, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the Francis Crick Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute.

Heart attack survival far lower in UK than Sweden

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The chance of surviving a heart attack is far lower in the UK than Sweden, according to a major new study published in The Lancet. The startling findings suggest that more than 11,000 lives could have been saved over the past 7 years had UK patients experienced the same care as their Swedish counterparts.

Enjoying life helps to keep you healthy

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People who enjoy life maintain better physical function in their daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less, according to a new study led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health).

Cancer death rates could be halved by 2030 with effective treatment

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UK cancer death rates are likely to fall more rapidly between now and 2030 than they have done in the previous 20 years, according to research presented today by the UCL School of Pharmacy.

Novel Genetic mutations discovered that cause neuro-muscular disease in children

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UCL Institute of Child Health

Mutations in a gene causing mixed neurological and muscular disease in children have been found for the first time.

Two awards for academic health science centre paper

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Professor Naomi Fulop (UCL Department of Applied Health Research), along with colleagues at the University of Oxford and King's College London, has won 'Best Public Sector Paper' and 'Best Health Management Paper' at the 27th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference in Hobart, Tasmania.

UCLPartners designated as an Academic Health Science Centre

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The Department of Health has today designated UCLPartners to continue as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) for the next five years, from April 2014. UCLPartners has held the coveted AHSC title since 2009, creating an environment for clinicians and academics working in some of the UK’s leading hospitals and universities to collaborate to deliver world class clinical and academic outcomes. 

Summary of results from the 3rd National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

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Natsal infographic

Results published today in The Lancet give the most detailed picture yet of the British population’s sex lives over the last 10 years, as part of the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) survey.

Tackling early socioeconomic inequalities as important as encouraging smoking cessation

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Although health behaviours such as smoking are directly linked to the majority of early deaths in the UK, tackling these individual factors fails to address the underlying cause. To get to the root of the problem, childhood deprivation must be addressed because it promotes damaging health behaviours in adult life. So say researchers from UCL in a study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.

UCL top in research council income

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UCL researchers and those who support their grant applications to research councils are to be congratulated, writes Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research).

EPICure@19 checks health of premature babies born 19 years ago

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EPICure, a series of longitudinal studies following the health of children who were born extremely prematurely, is announcing a new survey to assess the health of participants born 19 years ago.

Resting pulse rates of UK children on the rise

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The resting pulse rate of UK pre-teens may have risen by up to two beats a minute during the past 30 years. However the rise does not seem to be linked to the overall weight gain seen in this age group during this period, according to research by UCL academics published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood

Striking research images sought for UCL competition

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Does your research produce images that have aesthetic and artistic appeal? If so, consider entering the annual ‘Research Images as Art / Art Images as Research’ competition and exhibition.

UCLPartners Academic Health Science Centre video

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UCLPartners have produced a short film in which the leaders of our Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) discuss strengths and successes.

Over £7 million for government data project

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UCL is part of a consortium that has been awarded £7.6 million to provide academic researchers with access to government data.

Female hormones key to breast and ovarian cancer in BRCA gene carriers

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Breast cancer cells

Researchers announced today in the journal Lancet Oncology that they are well on the way to discovering why women with the faulty genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 develop breast and ovarian cancer rather than other cancers.

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