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Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

Research using data collected from around 4,000 healthy people in the UK has enabled scientists from UCL, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Bristol  to identify a rare genetic variant that dramatically reduces levels of certain types of lipids in the blood.
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Published: Sep 17, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Depression

Gene variant linked to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism

A rare gene variant discovered by UCL scientists is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and alcoholism, confirms new research. More...

Published: Jul 22, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Blood tests are used to check for type 2 diabetes

Pre-diabetes label ‘unhelpful and unnecessary’

Labelling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is a drastically premature measure with no medical value and huge financial and social costs, say researchers from UCL and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. More...

Published: Jul 16, 2014 10:11:00 AM

Camden Active Spaces playground design for Torriano Infants and Junior School

Working with Camden Council to get children active

An initiative to see if playground design can inspire schoolchildren to be more active, Camden Active Spaces, is launched today at the Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) in partnership with UCL and Camden Council. More...

Published: Jul 3, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Insulin injections for people with type 2 diabetes may cause more harm than good

Diabetes treatments ‘do more harm than good’ for many people

Treatments to reduce blood sugar levels do more harm than good in many type 2 diabetes patients, particularly older people, finds new research from UCL, the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Hospital. More...

Published: Jul 1, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Professor Martin Widschwendter

New test predicts the risk of non-hereditary breast cancer

A simple blood test is currently in development that could help predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer, even in the absence of a high-risk BRCA1 gene mutation, according to new UCL research.
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Published: Jun 27, 2014 2:10:00 PM

Mice without p110delta survived cancer significantly longer

Leukaemia drug found to stimulate immunity against many cancer types

A class of drug currently being used to treat leukaemia has the unexpected side-effect of boosting immune responses against many different cancers, reports a new study led by scientists at UCL and the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. More...

Published: Jun 12, 2014 11:12:00 AM

Demonstration of spatial acuity test

‘Map of pain’ reveals how our ability to identify the source of pain varies across the body

“Where does it hurt?” is the first question asked to any person in pain. More...

Published: Jun 6, 2014 11:44:29 AM

HPV Vaccination in Sao Paulo

Our own treacherous immune genes can cause cancer after viral infection

HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is widely known to induce cancer. Many of the mutations that cause this virally-induced cancer are caused by a family of genes that normally combats viral infections, finds new UCL research. More...

Published: Jun 5, 2014 5:38:14 PM

Dr Ben Hanson

Watching stressful movies triggers changes to your heartbeat

Watching films with stressful scenes can trigger changes to the heart’s beating pattern, reports a new study published in the journal Circulation, Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. More...

Published: May 15, 2014 3:25:16 PM

By the age of ten, some children have already become obese

Genetics explain why some boys and girls are bigger than others

The influence of genetic factors on differences between children's Body Mass Index (BMI) increases from 43% at age 4 to 82% at age 10, reports a new study by researchers at UCL and King's College London. More...

Published: Apr 24, 2014 11:23:23 AM

Baby sleeping

Shorter sleepers are over-eaters

Young children who sleep less eat more, which can lead to obesity and related health problems later in life, reports a new study by UCL researchers. More...

Published: Mar 25, 2014 11:16:41 AM

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