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UCL researchers help inspire Scotland’s new laws to ban smacking

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The decision by the Scottish government to ban smacking has been welcomed by UCL researchers whose report into the damage caused to children by physical punishment played a key part in framing the proposed new legislation.

National roll-out of PrEP HIV prevention drug would be cost-effective

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Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to men who have sex with men who are at high risk of HIV infection (equivalent to less than 5% of men who have sex with men at any point in time) in England would be cost-effective, and could help to prevent up to one in four cases of HIV, according to UCL research. 

Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine

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UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

Over 60s not using public transport despite health benefits

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Two thirds of adults over 60 rarely or never use public transport, even though it’s often free or discounted and brings health benefits, according to a UCL-led study. 

Type 2 diabetes successfully managed online

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People with type 2 diabetes could improve their health by using a new web-based self-management tool, according to UCL-led research.

Having an older sibling poses risk of serious flu 

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Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, according to UCL-led research published today in the European Respiratory Journal.

New licensing agreement for UCL technology to combat antimicrobial resistance

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The alarming rise and spread of antimicrobial resistance is an increasing global challenge and there is considerable interest and an acknowledged benefit in the targeted delivery of antimicrobial agents.  

UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

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Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.

Physically active mid-lifers more likely to be active into old age

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Men who are physically active in mid-life are more likely to continue the habit into older age as well, finds a long term tracking study led by UCL. 

One in four girls is depressed at age 14

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New research shows a quarter of girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at age 14.

Researchers from the UCL Institute of Education and the University of Liverpool analysed information on more than 10,000 children born in 2000-01 who are taking part in the Millennium Cohort Study.

Happiness is not determined by childhood biomarkers

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Happiness is not determined by childhood biological markers such as height or body fat, according to a team of European researchers involving UCL. 

UCL ranked in world's top five universities for arts and humanities

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UCL has been ranked fifth in the world for arts and humanities in the latest league table published by The Times Higher Education.

Communication and emotional closeness linked to fewer low sexual interest problems

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British women living with a partner are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex compared to men living with a partner, according to a new study published in the BMJ Open.

Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission

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Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

Staying in education linked to lower risk of heart disease

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Staying in education is associated with a lower risk of developing heart disease, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

Urine test for blood pressure drug adherence

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The use of a urine test for drug adherence can lead to a drop in blood pressure in patients who had been struggling to regularly take their blood pressure lowering tablets, according to a new study involving UCL researchers, published in Hypertension.

High sugar intake linked with poorer long-term mental health 

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Men with high sugar intakes have an increased likelihood of common mental disorders (such as anxiety and depression) after 5 years compared to those with low intakes, according to UCL research. The study also showed that having a mood disorder did not make people more inclined to eat foods with a high sugar content. 

Low-cost drugs package saves lives of people starting HIV treatment late

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Treating people who start HIV treatment late with a package of low-cost drugs to prevent serious infections saves three lives for every 100 people treated, according to the findings of a trial led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Trials Unit at UCL.

Low iron levels may increase risk of heart disease

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People with low iron levels may be at greater risk of heart disease, according to a new study involving UCL scientists.

Study predicts over 1.2 million people in England and Wales will be living with dementia by 2040

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By 2040, there will be over 1.2 million people living with dementia in England and Wales (an increase of 57% from 2016), largely due to increased life expectancy, according to new UCL research.

More than a quarter of women missing smear tests are unaware they exist

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More than a quarter (28 per cent) of women who are overdue for a smear test don’t know about the cervical screening programme, according to research conducted by Cancer Research UK-funded scientists at UCL.

Children with bedroom TVs at significantly higher risk of being overweight

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A UCL-led study of over 12,000 young children in the UK has revealed that 11-year-olds who had TVs in their bedroom at age 7 had a significantly higher body mass (BMI) and fat mass (FMI) and were more likely to be overweight compared to children who did not have a bedroom TV.

Ageing population with care needs set to grow by 25% within a decade 

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The number of people aged over 65 years needing care could reach 2.8 million by 2025 in England and Wales – an increase of 25% from 2015 (equivalent to an additional 560,000 people) over a decade, according to a study involving Professor Eric Brunner (UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health), published today in The Lancet Public Health journal.

BMI not the only reliable indicator of heart disease

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Waist-to-hip ratio may be a stronger indicator of some cardiovascular illnesses than the commonly-used measure BMI, according to a new UCL-led study.

Three UCL SLMS researchers named as Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences

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Three UCL SLMS researchers have been elected to the prestigious Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences. 

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