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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. 

How gut bacteria change cancer drug activity

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The activity of cancer drugs changes depending on the types of microbes living in the gut, according to a UCL-led study into how nematode worms and their microbes process drugs and nutrients.

Life skills are important for wellbeing in later life

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Life skills, such as persistence, conscientiousness and control, are as important to wealth and wellbeing in later life as they are when people are much younger, according to new research led by UCL.

Poor communication main cause of marriage, cohabitation breakdown

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The most common reasons given for the breakdown of marriages or live-in partnerships in Britain are communication problems and growing apart, according to analysis by UCL researchers of the latest National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).

Winners announced for £2m programme to commercialise life sciences discoveries

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A cure for pancreatic cancer, virtual reality rehabilitation, data-driven robotic surgery, and futuristic wound-healing technology are just four of the 16 projects selected for MedCity’s ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ programme.

UCL winners at Wellcome Image Awards 2017

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Images by UCL researchers are among the winners of the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards, given out annually to the most informative, striking and technically excellent images from healthcare and biomedical science.

Perceived weight discrimination linked to physical inactivity

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People who feel that they have been discriminated against because of their weight are much less likely to be physically active than people who don’t perceive that they have suffered any such stigmatisation, according to new research led by UCL.

Shorter Herceptin breast cancer treatment may produce better results

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Breast cancer patients who receive the drug Herceptin for nine weeks as part of their post-surgery chemotherapy regime may enjoy better health outcomes, according to new research led by UCL, compared to those who receive it for 12 months, the period currently recommended in the English NHS.

Screening may reduce risk of advanced ovarian cancer diagnosis

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Screening women at high risk of ovarian cancer every four months may reduce the likelihood of them being diagnosed with advanced cancer, according to the results of the UK Familial Ovarian Cancer Screening Study (UK FOCSS), which is led by UCL.

Long-term stress linked to higher levels of obesity

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People who suffer long-term stress may also be more prone to obesity, according to research by scientists at UCL which involved examining hair samples for levels of cortisol, a hormone which regulates the body’s response to stress.

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