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Antipsychotics inappropriately prescribed to people with intellectual disabilities

Large numbers of people with intellectual disabilities are being inappropriately prescribed antipsychotic drugs, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2015 12:05:17 PM

Paula Kearney, UCL Academy teacher, talking to pupils (from left to right) Patricia Markauskaite, Enaya Ali and Haroon Hussein (credit: Wellcome Trust)

Large trial will assess effectiveness of teaching mindfulness in UK schools

A major study to assess whether mindfulness training for teenagers can improve their mental health launches today, involving researchers from UCL alongside staff and students at the UCL Academy.
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Published: Jul 16, 2015 12:33:07 PM

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Commonly prescribed drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

Healthy people given the serotonin-enhancing antidepressant citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others than those given placebo drugs in a moral decision-making experiment at UCL.
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Published: Jul 3, 2015 9:36:39 AM

Hippocampus activity seen when forming event memories

Research reveals how the human brain might reconstruct past events

When remembering something from our past, we often vividly re-experience the whole episode in which it occurred. New UCL research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust has now revealed how this might happen in the brain. More...

Published: Jul 2, 2015 10:57:35 AM

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Rats 'dream' paths to a brighter future

When rats rest, their brains simulate journeys to a desired future such as a tasty treat, finds new UCL research funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society. More...

Published: Jun 26, 2015 10:17:10 AM

Prion protein expressed in E. coli

Natural genetic variation gives complete resistance in prion diseases

Researchers at the Medical Research Council’s Prion Unit at UCL have identified a naturally occurring variant of the human prion protein that produces resistance to prion diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). The findings, published in Nature, could give important insight into other human brain diseases that lead to dementia. More...

Published: Jun 11, 2015 12:21:26 PM

Saracens players wear patches in games and training

Working with Saracens to monitor concussion in rugby

A team of UCL researchers have joined the ongoing Saracens study for the 2015/16 season, which combines impact sensors with blood samples to determine the effects of concussion on rugby players. More...

Published: May 21, 2015 12:09:04 PM

Hormones that trigger puberty in the mouse brain

Missing molecule prevents puberty

A molecule important in blood vessel formation and brain wiring is also essential for the onset of puberty, finds new research led by UCL and the University of Milan. More...

Published: May 19, 2015 10:12:34 AM

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Connecting places causes mental maps to merge

Realising how places connect geographically causes local maps in the brain to join, forming one big map which helps with planning future journeys, finds a new UCL study. More...

Published: Apr 23, 2015 5:02:10 PM

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Teenagers shape each other’s views on how risky a situation is

Young adolescents’ judgements on how risky a situation might be are most influenced by what other teenagers think, while most other age groups are more influenced by adults’ views, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Mar 27, 2015 11:34:26 AM

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Crossing fingers can reduce feelings of pain

How you feel pain is affected by where sources of pain are in relation to each other, and so crossing your fingers can change what you feel on a single finger, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Mar 26, 2015 5:24:06 PM

Illustration of how many connections form across mRNA molecules, where colour indicates the length of each connection

Structure of genetic messenger molecules reveals key role in diseases

Messenger RNAs (mRNA) are linear molecules that contain instructions for producing the proteins that keep living cells functioning. A new study by UCL researchers has shown how the three-dimensional structures of mRNAs determine their stability and efficiency inside cells. This new knowledge could help to explain how seemingly minor mutations that alter mRNA structure might cause things to go wrong in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. More...

Published: Mar 19, 2015 11:06:38 AM

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Assumptions of equality lead to poorer group decisions

People of differing competence tend to give each other’s views equal weight, preventing them from making the best group decisions, finds new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Mar 10, 2015 4:54:34 PM

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Drugs Live results: how different types of cannabis affect the brain

New UCL-led research reveals the positive and negative effects of different types of cannabis on the human brain, in a trial broadcast on Channel 4: Drugs Live: Cannabis on Trial. More...

Published: Mar 4, 2015 3:31:12 PM

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Diabetes and depression predict dementia risk in people with slowing minds

People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, finds a new review led by UCL researchers. More...

Published: Feb 20, 2015 4:47:05 PM