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Moderately high blood pressure at 50 linked to higher dementia risk

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People aged 50 whose blood pressure is higher than normal, but is still below the threshold commonly used when treating the condition, are at increased risk of developing dementia, a new study co-led by UCL has found.

Professor Mazzucato’s “missions” at the core of new €100bn EU proposal

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European Commissioner Carlos Moedas has announced an ambitious €100bn research and innovation programme for the next EU budgets — with the work of UCL Professor Mariana Mazzucato and her "mission-oriented" framework a core part of the programme.

1 in 3 women experience ‘loss of control’ eating in pregnancy

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More than a third of women report feeling out of control over the amount they eat during pregnancy, according to new UCL-led research.

Nearly half of women with HIV lack support to manage menopause

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Women with HIV are failing to get the support they need during menopause, according to a new study led by UCL. 

Most deprived are more likely to develop dementia

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Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL research.

Alcohol and tobacco biggest threat to lifespan of all addictive drugs

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A new review, co-authored by Professor Robert West (UCL Behavioural Science and Health), has compiled the most up-to-date source of information on the burden of death and disease caused by alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use.

Why child mortality is 1.5 times higher in England than Sweden

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Premature births, low birth weight and birth anomalies explain why England has a higher death rate than Sweden among children under 5 years old, according to a new study led by UCL.

Belief in 'fake' causes of cancer is rife

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Mistaken belief in 'mythical' causes of cancer is rife, according to new research from UCL and the University of Leeds.

Changing how blood pressure is measured will save lives

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Traditional methods of testing for high-blood pressure are no longer adequate and risk missing vital health signs, which can lead to premature death, a study co-led by UCL has found.

Preconception diet plays key role in health of offspring

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Parents’ diets and lifestyle can have profound implications for the growth, development, and long-term health of their children before their conception, according to new research led by UCL. 

Does age at menopause affect memory?

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Entering menopause at a later age may be associated with a small benefit to your memory years later, according to a new study led by UCL researchers.

Study analyses how far people will travel for specialist cancer care

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People are willing to travel 75 minutes longer for specialist cancer surgery if it reduces their risk of complications by 1%, according to new UCL-led research.

Few global health organisations promote gender equality

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Only a select group of the world’s top global health organisations have placed gender equality at the centre of their operations, according to a new report involving UCL researchers. 

UCL continues to perform strongly in QS subject rankings

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UCL has 12 subject areas ranked in the global top 10 in the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject, improving upon last year’s position with Life Sciences and Arts & Humanities joining the top 10.

Light exercise may lower death risk in older men

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Clocking up just a few minutes at a time of any level of physical activity, including of light intensity, is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, suggests UCL-led research.

North-south divide revealed as prescription of opioid drugs rise

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The prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they can cause complications and adverse effects and have not been proven to work for chronic pain, finds a new study led by UCL and UCLH.

UCL awarded funding to transform health through data science

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UCL has been chosen as a foundation partner of the new national institute Health Data Research (HDR) UK.  

Racism linked to uptake of smoking in young people

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Adolescents who have experienced some form of racism between the ages of 11 and 23 are more likely to take up smoking than those who have not, according to a new study led by King’s College London involving UCL. 

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.

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