Archive of Research News

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30 October 2012: Breast cancer screening reduces deaths but leads to overdiagnosis

An independent panel of experts, led by Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology and Public Health), has concluded that routine breast cancer screening reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer, but also results in overdiagnosis. More...

26 October 2012: Stuttering test could be used to screen all schoolchildren

A new model developed by UCL researchers to predict the persistence of stuttering could be used to screen all children at school age, according to new research in the Journal of Fluency Disorders.
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25 October 2012: Europe’s first research centre to battle birth defects

Better ways to tackle birth defects will be championed at the official launch of the Newlife Birth Defects Research Centre (BDRC) on Thursday 25 October 2012. More...

24 October 2012: Personalised feedback makes healthcare workers twice as likely to clean their hands

A major three-year trial led by researchers at UCL, in partnership with the Health Protection Agency, has shown that giving one-to-one feedback to healthcare workers makes them twice as likely to clean their hands or use soap. More...

24 October 2012: Loneliness? It’s all a state of mind

Researchers from UCL have found that lonely people have less grey matter in a part of the brain associated with decoding eye gaze and other social cues. More...

19 October 2012: First micro-structure atlas of the human brain completed


A European team of scientists have built the first atlas of white-matter microstructure in the human brain. The project’s final results have the potential to change the face of neuroscience and medicine over the coming decade.
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17 October 2012: LonDownS awarded £2.5m for research into Down syndrome, learning disabilities and dementia

Dr André Strydom (UCL Mental Health Sciences Unit) and Professors Elizabeth Fisher and John Hardy (both UCL Institute of Neurology) have been successful in their application to the Wellcome Trust for a Strategic Award to understand the processes involved in the Alzheimer’s Disease that often occurs as people with Down Syndrome age. More...

16 October 2012: Skin rash predicts survival benefit from latest lung cancer drug

Results from a major phase III Cancer Research UK-funded trial show that elderly patients with advanced non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who developed a rash within 28 days of receiving the targeted drug erlotinib (Tarceva) survived on average 6.2 months, compared to 4.1 months for patients who were given a placebo. More...

16 October 2012: Psychological interventions could reduce mental health problems after intensive care

A study by UCL researchers at University College Hospital’s intensive care unit has suggested that psychological interventions could reduce the mental health problems experienced by many patients. More...

16 October 2012: Evolution mostly driven by brawn, not brains

The most common measure of intelligence in animals, brain size relative to body size, may not be as dependent on evolutionary selection on the brain as previously thought, according to a new analysis by scientists. More...

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