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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.

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.

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