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Strong ‘electric wind’ strips planets of oceans and atmospheres

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Venus

Venus has an ‘electric wind’ strong enough to remove the components of water from its upper atmosphere, which may have played a significant role in stripping the planet of its oceans, according to a new study by NASA and UCL researchers.

Heart drug could reduce diabetes related blindness

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Diabetic macular oedema

Researchers at UCL and Queen’s University Belfast have discovered that a drug originally developed to treat cardiovascular disease has the potential to reduce diabetes related blindness.

Our plan is certainly ambitious but UCL is not ‘under strain’

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The letter below was submitted to the Financial Times in response to an article suggesting that UCL was under financial strain. It was printed on 14 June 2016.

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

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lassa virus

A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.

Cancer drugs could target autoimmune diseases

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Image showing damage caused by uveitis in the untreated mouse eye (left) and the treated eye (right)

Drugs currently being trialled in cancer patients have been used to successfully target an autoimmune condition in mice at UCL and King’s College London.

Declining dopamine may explain why older people take fewer risks

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Great Brain Experiment trials

Older people are less willing to take risks for potential rewards and this may be due to declining levels of dopamine in the brain, finds a new UCL study of over 25,000 people funded by Wellcome.

Brain structure that tracks negative events backfires in depression

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Habenula

A region of the brain that responds to bad experiences has the opposite reaction to expectations of aversive events in people with depression compared to healthy adults, finds a new UCL study funded by the Medical Research Council.

Statement: UCL rent-guarantor scheme

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UCL Quad

For a number of years UCL has run a rent-guarantor scheme in which the university offers to stand as guarantor to students who move into private accommodation, effectively guaranteeing payment of rent. In the event of non-payment UCL becomes liable for any debts incurred. 

Research revealing early changes at epigenetic level points to possible new prevention strategies for ovarian cancer

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Fallopian tube

The discovery of early changes in the cells of the Fallopian tubes of women carrying the BRCA genetic mutation could open the way for new preventative strategies for ovarian cancer, reducing the need for invasive surgery, according to research published today in science journal Nature Communications.

Teenage pregnancies hit record low, reflecting efforts of England’s strategy to reduce under-18 conceptions

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Pregnancy

Rates of teenage pregnancy in England have halved since the implementation of the Government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy (TPS) in 1999, and the greatest effect is seen in areas of high deprivation and areas that received the most TPS funding, according to research published in The Lancet.

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