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Long-term stress linked to higher levels of obesity

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People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress.

Simple rule predicts when an ice age ends

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A simple rule can accurately predict when Earth’s climate warms out of an ice age, according to new research led by UCL.

Education does not protect against cognitive decline

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A European-wide study published today in the journal Neuroepidemiology has found that whilst older people with a higher level of education have better memory function, it does not protect them from cognitive decline as they age.

Cat ownership not linked to mental health problems

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New UCL research has found no link between cat ownership and psychotic symptoms, casting doubt on previous suggestions that people who grew up with cats are at higher risk of mental illness.

Humans are hard-wired to follow the path of least resistance

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The amount of effort required to do something influences what we think we see, finds a new UCL study suggesting we’re biased towards perceiving anything challenging to be less appealing.

Evidence of brain damage found in former footballers

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Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, has been found in the brains of former association football (soccer) players examined at the UCL Queen Square Brain Bank.

Alien species on the rise globally

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The number of alien species is increasing globally, and does not show any sign of saturation, finds an international team involving UCL researchers.

Key friendships vital for effective human social networks

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Close friendships facilitate the exchange of information and culture, making social networks more effective for cultural transmission, according to new UCL research that used wireless tracking technology to map social interactions in remote hunter-gatherer populations.

E-cigarettes safer than smoking says long-term study

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E-cigarettes are less toxic and safer to use compared to conventional cigarettes, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine.  

Immune system defence force captured in action

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How the natural defence force within our immune system attacks and destroys harmful invaders such as virus-infected and cancerous cells has been visualised in microscopic detail by scientists from UCL, Birkbeck, University of London, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash University, Australia.

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