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Alcohol consumption higher than reported in England

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Beer glass by Tim Dobson on Flickr (square)

Alcohol consumption could be much higher than previously thought, with more than three quarters of people in England drinking in excess of the recommended daily alcohol limit, according to a new paper in the European Journal of Public Health.

Study questions effectiveness of genetic testing strategy for inherited high cholesterol

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Prof Steve Humphries

A substantial proportion of individuals with a clinical diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) inherit a combination of small-effect changes in several genes (polygenic) rather than a large-effect mutation in a single gene (monogenic), according to a new paper in The Lancet.

Collaboration points way towards improved treatment for women's cancers

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Prof Martin Widschwendter

UCL researchers have recently commenced an academic-industrial collaboration – EpiFemCare – to develop new methods for screening, diagnosing and personalising treatment of breast and ovarian cancers.

Improvement in child cancer survival rates threatened by lack of new drug development

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Kathy Pritchard-Jones

Some of the biggest challenges to the improvement of cancer care for children and young people are set out in a series of studies published in today's Lancet Oncology.

Stress at work very unlikely to cause cancer

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Stressball from Yuri on Flickr

Work-related stress is not directly linked to the development of colorectal, lung, breast or prostate cancers, but can cause other contributing factors, according to a new study published on

Doctors 'should give lifestyle advice' to cancer patients

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Dr and patient (from Alex E. Proimos on Flickr

More than 80 per cent of cancer patients’ close friends and family think that doctors should give their cancer patients lifestyle advice on eating habits, weight-loss and exercise, according to a new study in the British Journal of Cancer.

Obesity leads to vitamin D deficiency

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Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin

Obesity can lead to a lack of vitamin D circulating in the body, according to a study led by the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH). Efforts to tackle obesity should thus also help to reduce levels of vitamin D deficiency in the population, says the lead investigator of the study, Dr Elina Hypponen.

Global Food Security symposia: Creating resilience in the face of catastrophic climate change

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Global Health marque

Friday 8 February, 9am-5pm
Denys Holland Lecture Theatre
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