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Lesbian and gay young people twice as likely to smoke and drink alcohol

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Cigarettes and alcohol (square)

Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are twice as likely to have smoked than their heterosexual peers, according to new research published in BMJ Open. Lesbian and gay young people were also more likely to drink alcohol frequently and more hazardously.

Half of all UK seven-year-olds not getting enough exercise

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Childrens sports day

Half of all UK seven-year-olds are sedentary for between six and seven waking hours per day and half are not doing the recommended daily minimum of one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity, according to the latest findings from the Millennium Cohort Study.

Winners of inaugural Student Choice Teaching Awards honoured at ceremony

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Seven members of UCL staff have received 2013 Student Choice Teaching Awards, and three are part of SLMS. Their achievements were honoured at the Provost's Teaching Awards ceremony in July. The scheme, run by UCLU, is completely student-led, with students having chosen the categories (Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Support for Teaching and Outstanding Personal Support), set the criteria, and nominated and chosen the winners. 

Prestigious NIHR Research Professorship awarded to Persis Amrolia

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Persis Amrolia (web)

Following an extremely competitive application process, Persis Amrolia of the UCL Institute of Child Health has been awarded a prestigious National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship.

New treatment may work with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida

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Researchers at the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) are investigating a new treatment that could work alongside folic acid to boost its effectiveness and prevent a greater proportion of neural tube defects – such as spina bifida – in early pregnancy.

MRC Units join UCL

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President & Provost Professor Sir Malcolm Grant and Professor Sir John Savill, chief executive and deputy chair of the Medical Research Council

Three Medical Research Council (MRC) Units will transfer to UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences today and become University Units. 

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