Populations & Lifelong Health

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No smoking

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

People with lower incomes attempting to quit smoking are 36% more likely to succeed if they use a new interactive website called ‘StopAdvisor’ than if they use a static information website, finds a randomised controlled trial led by UCL researchers. More...

Published: Sep 25, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Statins, diabetes and bodyweight: key messages

This page gives key facts about the Lancet paper finding that the modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight is related to their mechanism of action. More...

Published: Sep 24, 2014 12:43:57 PM

Statins

Modest effect of statins on diabetes risk and bodyweight related to mechanism of action

The mechanism by which statins increase the risk of type 2 diabetes has been investigated in a large-scale analysis from an international team led by researchers from UCL and the University of Glasgow, using information from genetic studies and clinical trials. More...

Published: Sep 24, 2014 10:32:00 AM

DNA helix

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

A spoonful of sugar

Dental and nutrition experts call for radical rethink on free sugars intake

Sugars in the diet should make up no more than 3% of total energy intake to reduce the significant financial and social burdens of tooth decay, finds new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. More...

Published: Sep 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Biofilm

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

Bacteria are particularly ingenious when it comes to survival strategies. They often create a biofilm to protect themselves from a hostile environment, for example during treatment with antibiotics, and scientists have unravelled the secrets of how they do this with a new 3D model.  More...

Published: Sep 15, 2014 9:20:10 AM

Man on scales

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

Discrimination against overweight and obese people does not help them to lose weight, finds new UCL research funded by Cancer Research UK. More...

Published: Sep 11, 2014 10:32:00 AM

Sloths

Sloths: life in the evolutionary fast lane

Today’s sloths might be known as slow, small animals, but their ancestors developed large body sizes at an amazing rate, according to an evolutionary reconstruction published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The fast rate of change suggests that factors such as environmental conditions, or competition with other species must have strongly favoured the bigger sloths, before they died out. More...

Published: Sep 10, 2014 9:01:23 AM

Syringe

High rates of recreational drug use among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men in the UK strongly linked with condomless sex

New UCL research published in The Lancet HIV shows that polydrug use is common among HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) and is strongly linked to sex without a condom (condomless sex). More...

Published: Sep 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Antibiotics

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

The results of a Phase 3 clinical trial involving UCL researchers, called REMoxTB, has found that replacing one of the drugs with the antibiotic moxifloxacin in the standard six-month treatment regimen did not allow the treatment time for tuberculosis (TB) patients to be shortened to four months. More...

Published: Sep 9, 2014 9:00:00 AM

E-cigarette user

E-cigarette policies ‘should not be distorted by alarmist commentaries dressed up as evidence’

Public health messages about e-cigarettes should be based on facts and not prejudice, argues a new editorial from UCL public health experts. More...

Published: Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Dr Selina Wray with some of her stem cells

Creating brain cells from skin to study Alzheimer’s

An early-career researcher at UCL has just been awarded £900,000 for a stem cell study to develop new treatments for dementia. More...

Published: Sep 5, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Depression

40% of women with severe mental illness are victims of rape or attempted rape

Women with severe mental illness are up to five times more likely than the general population to be victims of sexual assault and two to three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, reveals new research led by UCL and King’s College London funded by the Medical Research Council and the Big Lottery. More...

Published: Sep 4, 2014 10:00:00 AM

bacteria

Renewable fossil fuel alternative made using bacteria

In a new study published in the journal Nature Communications, researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) to generate renewable propane. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2014 4:58:56 PM

Sad boy

Study reveals scale of the sexual exploitation of boys

The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is a much bigger problem than previously thought according to a landmark study released today.
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Published: Aug 27, 2014 10:52:46 AM