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Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

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Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

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Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

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Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK.

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex

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New UCL research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex).

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

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The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months.

UCL Professor appointed Chair of General Medical Council

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Professor Terence Stephenson

Professor Terence Stephenson (UCL Institute of Child Health) has been appointed as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC), the independent regulator of the UK's 260,000 doctors.

E-cigarette policies ‘should not be distorted by alarmist commentaries dressed up as evidence’

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Public health messages about e-cigarettes should be based on facts and not prejudice, argues a new editorial from UCL public health experts.

National Student Survey: improvement in student satisfaction

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Students at UCL

Student satisfaction at UCL has risen by 2%, according to the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results.

Partners of miscarriage sufferers ‘ignored’

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Partners Too

The partners of women who miscarry often feel invisible, ignored and sidelined during and after miscarriage – and unable to talk about their own feelings of loss and pain – according to new findings from UCL and the Miscarriage Association.

Drink less for a healthier heart

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A reduction in alcohol consumption, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, could be linked to improved cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index and blood pressure, according to new research published in the BMJ.

Queen's birthday honours

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Professor Catherine Law, Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at UCL Institute of Child Health received a CBE for services to Public Health. More on this story

Professor David Fish, Managing Director of UCLPartners Academic Health Science Partnership, was knighted for services to the NHS. More on this story

Our own treacherous immune genes can cause cancer after viral infection

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HPV Vaccination in Sao Paulo

HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is widely known to induce cancer. Many of the mutations that cause this virally-induced cancer are caused by a family of genes that normally combats viral infections, finds new UCL research.

New Dean for UCL Faculty of Life Sciences

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Geraint Rees, Director of the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience has been appointed to the next Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, with effect from 1 September 2014.

New study investigates health problems disproportionately affecting migrants

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People living away from their home country are more vulnerable to certain health problems, so a new study co-led by UCL researchers aims to identify and address the issues that they face accessing healthcare in Europe.

E-cigarette use for quitting smoking is associated with improved success rates

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People attempting to quit smoking without professional help are approximately 60% more likely to report succeeding if they use e-cigarettes than if they use willpower alone or over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies such as patches or gum, finds a large UCL survey of smokers in England. 

UCL commits to openness about animal research

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UCL formally committed today to a policy of openness about animal research when Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President & Provost) signed the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK.

Launch of new research unit in blood borne and sexually transmitted infections

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A new collaboration of health protection researchers across UCL, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Public Health England has launched today.

UCL study finds new evidence linking fruit and vegetable consumption with lower mortality

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Eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42% compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new UCL study.

Quality early childhood programs help prevent chronic diseases in later life

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Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study.

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters

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Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers.

Three quarters of people with seasonal and pandemic flu have no symptoms

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Masked train passengers in Mexico City during 2009 Swine Flu outbreak

Around 1 in 5 of the population were infected in both recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, but just 23% of these infections caused symptoms, and only 17% of people were ill enough to consult their doctor, according to new UCL-led research.

Education ‘protects’ poor women from fattening effects of rising wealth

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Education fair in Egypt

Obesity levels among women in low- and middle-income countries tend to rise in line with wealth as they purchase more energy-dense foods, but a new UCL study suggests that more educated consumers make better food choices that mitigate this effect.

MAMS-TB trial stops recruiting patients to two arms

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The MAMS-TB trial, being conducted by the PanACEA consortium is stopping recruiting patients to two of its arms. This follows a meeting of the Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) which looked at interim analyses. The IDMC recommended that the arms testing the HRZQ and HR20ZQ combinations of drugs should be closed, as the interim results were not promising enough. These two arms include the drug SQ109 instead of ethambutol in the standard 6-month combination with rifampicin given at the higher dose of 20mg/kg in the HR20ZQ arm. Patients are still being recruited to the other three arms of the trial.

Deputy Director for the Life Study

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Professor Carol Dezateux, Director of Life Study at the UCL Institute of Child Health, is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Peter Elias as Deputy Director of the Study.

Why tackling appetite could hold the key to preventing childhood obesity

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A heartier appetite is linked to more rapid infant growth and to genetic predisposition to obesity, according to two papers published in JAMA Pediatrics today.

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