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Athena SWAN awards: success for UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences

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Athena SWAN recently announced awards from the April submissions with all six UCL departments who applied being successful in achieving awards.Athena SWAN awards recognise a commitment to addressing the recruitment, promotion and retention of women in academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) sciences. Submissions are judged by STEMM academics, HR and Equality and Diversity professionals from across the sector.

Maternal Anorexia Nervosa linked to low birth weight

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A meta-analysis of more than two million women led by researchers at the UCL Institute of child Health (ICH) has revealed that women with a known history of anorexia at any point prior or during pregnancy, have babies with a lower birth weight than healthy mothers.

UK not investing enough in research into multi-drug resistant infections

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A new study of the funding awarded to antimicrobial resistance research projects in the UK calls for political leadership and sustained and targeted spending

Education protects women from the obesity associated with urban living

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Research into the rise in obesity associated with the burgeoning industrial and service sectors in low- and middle-income countries found that education is a key factor in reducing the negative impact on women’s health.

Psychological effects of genetic testing for risk of weight gain

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FTO testing story from Rudd Centre for Food Policy and Obesity

Obesity gene testing does not put people off weight loss and may help to reduce self-blame, according to a new study by researchers from the Health Behaviour Research Centre at UCL.

Childhood adversity linked to higher risk of early death

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Traumatic childhood experiences are linked to an increased risk of early death, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study.

Should public health bodies use firms that support the tobacco industry?

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In the wake of the UK government’s decision to scrap plans for plain packaging of cigarettes, and the ensuing furore following allegations about the possible influence on that decision of political strategist Lynton Crosby, who has links with the tobacco industry, four prominent addiction researchers from UCL have issued a call for health care organisations and governments around the globe to avoid using market research firms that also work for tobacco companies.

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