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A gene mutation for excessive alcohol drinking found

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UK researchers have discovered a gene that regulates alcohol consumption and when faulty can cause excessive drinking. They have also identified the mechanism underlying this phenomenon.

High salt levels in common medicines put patients at risk

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Soluble pills

Researchers have called for salt content in medicines to be labelled in the same way as food products in order to limit the risk of cardiovascular events, after research highlighted high salt levels in common medicines.

Electronic prescribing in NHS hospitals patchy at best

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Patent records

Patchy use of electronic prescribing in NHS hospitals – and the huge diversity of systems - creates huge challenges for both patient safety and staff training, according to a new study published today in the journal PLOS ONE.

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).

New NERC Doctoral Training Partnership announced for London institutions

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NERC DTP

UCL and eight other leading London institutions have today announced the creation of a new London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, which will specialise in training 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years.

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