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Atrial fibrillation as a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia

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Atrial fibrillation is common at older ages and is known to increase the risk of stroke, which is itself a risk factor for dementia. Using longitudinal data from the Whitehall II study, spanning the age range 45 to 85 years with two-third of atrial fibrillation recorded in those less than 75 years, we show atrial fibrillation to be associated with accelerated cognitive decline and higher risk of dementia. Multistate models showed atrial fibrillation to also increase risk of dementia in those free of stroke, suggesting that clinical stroke does not fully explain the association between atrial fibrillation and dementia.

Comparing reports of early life circumstances when asked retrospectively and prospectively

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There is a high degree of similarity in the direction, but not magnitude of association between childhood exposures that have been prospectively collected in National Child Development Study and retrospectively collected in English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and wellbeing outcomes in mid-life. The findings on the one hand provide some reassurance to the growing literature using life history data to determine life course associations with later life wellbeing. On the other hand, the findings show an overestimation in the retrospective data, in part, arising from the absence in life history data of childhood measures that are not well suited to retrospective collection.

Fabian Sailer presents at German Fair ‘Connecting Health Care & IT’

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Fabian Sailer, who wrote his Masters’ thesis about Chlamydia modelling last year at Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health within UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care presented his results at the German fair “Connecting Health Care& IT”. The presentation was part of a junior researcher competition where he came out second. Find out more information

Policy seminar on Isolation and Health in Later Life - Wed 21st June.

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– UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care (Research Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health)

ICLS is hosting a seminar for the policy making community on Isolation and Health later in life on Wed 21 June. The seminar will consist of 4 short presentations and discussion with participants from government, business and the third sector. This is the 14th policy seminar hosted by ICLS over a period of 8 years highlighting how large population based datasets can assist with policy making.   Information from our previous policy seminar on Alcohol and Health was repeated at an All Party Health Group (APHG) seminar in Portcullis House, Westminster and some findings were later recorded in Hansard. For more information see https://www.ucl.ac.uk/icls/policy-seminars/isolation_and_health/ or contact : icls@ucl.ac.uk

BSc Population health Student wins Summer School Place at University of Sydney

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We would like to congratulate one of our BSc Population Health Year 1 students, Eshitha Vaz, who has been successful in gaining a place on the competitive UCL Tuition Fee Free Summer Places at the University of Sydney. Eshitha applied along with over 160 other UCL students and was awarded one of the four places. Successful applicants are awarded a bursary to provide financial support while undertaking the course, as well as a travel bursary of £1000.00. For more information about the BSc see www.ucl.ac.uk/bsc-population-health

MRC Festival of Medical Research Exhibition: 70 years of...

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The MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL is holding an exhibition at the Four Corners Gallery from Wednesday 21st to Saturday 24th June 10am – 6pm,  to exhibit some of the work done during the 70 years of the MRC National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD). Take a walk through 7 decades of social history visiting the background to the survey including original questionnaires and letters, news events, birthday cards and how data collection and management has developed and changed. On the Wednesday evening there will be a drinks reception with scientists on hand to take you through the exhibition.  Please register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrc-festival-of-medical-research-exhibition-70-years-of-tickets-34686697847

A Student's Perspective: Faculty of Population Health Sciences Alumni & Student Event on 12th May

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Former UCL Lecturer Dr Xand Van Tulleken has enjoyed a successful TV career focusing on health, epidemiology and humanitarian issues. Over 140 past and present students joined staff on Friday evening to hear Xand's perspective regarding Europe's refugee crisis. Behaviour Science and Health PhD student Monica Koo details the evening.

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