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Why are recessions so depressing?

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Research by Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL Political Science) has found that recessions often have a negative psychological impact and that happiness is around six times more sensitive to economic growth when that “growth” is negative. Read: Financial Times

Teenagers' heavy cannabis use 'impairs intelligence'

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Research led by Claire Mokrysz (UCL Psychology and Language Sciences) has found that teenagers who are regular cannabis users by the age of 15 risk "impairing" their educational ability but occasional use does not seem linked to reduced achievement. Read: BBC News, More: Telegraph, Independent, Daily Mail, Bloomberg

Tiny tubes in your neck that could cut the risk of a stroke

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Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led Professor Martin Brown (UCL Brain Repair & Rehabilitation). Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

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Manipulating metabolism

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Dr Nazif Alic (UCL Biosciences) examines if tweaking some of the genes involved in metabolic signalling could help to prolong healthy lifespan and if it could help us live forever. Listen: Naked Scientists

Killer in the brain could help treat Parkinson's

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A team led by Dr Soledad Galli (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) has found that the death of synapses in mice may be due to malfunctioning proteins called Wnt proteins, a discovery which could lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Read: New Scientist

Is sending shoppers ads by Bluetooth just a bit creepy?

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Dr Charlene Jennett (UCL Interaction Centre) and Professor Angela Sasse (UCL Computer Science) examine how beacon technology in retail and marketing may be received by the public. Read: The Conversation

Myelin helps you learn new skills

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A study led by Professor William Richardson (UCL Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research) has discovered new evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

New viruses 'killing amphibians' in Spain

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Research led by Dr Stephen Price (UCL Genetics Institute) has found a number of closely related viruses causing severe disease and mass deaths in many amphibian species in northern Spain. Read: BBC News, More: Independent, New Scientist, UCL News, Listen: Naked Scientists, More: BBC Radio 2 'Chris Evans Breakfast Show' (from 2 hours 32 mins), BBC Radio Newcastle 'Breakfast' (from 2 hours 3 mins), BBC Radio Devon 'Breakfast' (from 1 hour 35 mins)

NHS to offer tablet which can reduce HIV risk by 90%

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Dr Sheena McCormack (UCL MRC Clinical Trials Unit) is leading a study into the use of Truvada, a daily tablet that offers up to a 90 per cent reduction in the risk of contracting HIV. Read: Independent, More: Times (£), Daily Mail

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