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Statins are safe for children with abnormal cholesterol levels

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Statins are safe for children living with genetically high cholesterol, according to new research from UCL, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology.

Mediterranean diet could protect older adults from becoming frail

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Following a Mediterranean diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts may reduce the risk of frailty in older individuals, according to a UCL-led study. 

Six UCL papers in Altmetric Top 100

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UCL research captured the public’s imagination last year with six papers featuring in the Altmetric Top 100 of 2.2 million research outputs tracked in 2017.

New marker in blood could detect fatal breast cancer up to one year earlier

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A new marker that could be used to diagnose fatal breast cancer up to one year ahead of current methods has been identified in a study led by UCL.

Increased physical fitness may offset cognitive deterioration in dementia

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Physical fitness is associated with better cognitive performance in older adults with dementia, according to a new study from UCL.

Third of over 75s unaware they have chronic kidney disease

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Over one-third of people aged over 75 show evidence of having severe chronic kidney disease, according to research from UCL published in the latest NHS Digital Health Survey for England. By comparison, only 5 per cent of adults of that age reported that they had been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease by a doctor.

Heart disease linked to depression, loneliness, unemployment and poverty

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Social stress factors such as loneliness and being unemployed, in addition to conventional risks such as smoking and high blood pressure, are associated with higher risks of developing heart disease, according to a new UCL-led study.

Gastric acid suppressant lansoprazole may target tuberculosis

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A cheap and widely used drug, used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers, could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), according to new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Austerity linked to 120,000 extra deaths in England

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Health and social care spending cuts since 2010 are linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England, with the over 60s and care home residents most affected, finds new UCL research.

Higher risk of dementia among frail older adults

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The risk of developing dementia is around 3.5 times higher in frail older adults than in their non-frail peers, according to a new study from UCL.

Society's excluded people ten times more likely to die early

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People excluded from mainstream society in high-income countries have a tenfold increased risk of early death, according to research from UCL, homeless health charity Pathway and an international team of experts.

Streptococcus vaccine 'could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide'

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Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year.

More women than men diagnosed with bowel cancer as an emergency

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More than a third (34%) of women with bowel cancer in England were diagnosed after an emergency hospital visit compared to less than a third of men (30%), despite women having more red flag symptoms and more visits to their GP, according to UCL research. The research was presented at the 2017 National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.

Climate change already damaging health of millions globally

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UCL researchers have contributed to a report showing that climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency. 

Mental wellbeing of Generation X directly linked to childhood 

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Childhood disadvantage is strongly associated with poorer adult mental wellbeing for Generation X, according to a UCL study.

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.

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