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How drinking behaviour changes through the years

In the UK, frequent drinking becomes more common in middle to old age, especially amongst men, according to UCL research published in the open access journal, BMC Medicine. Doctors are seeing a growing number of cases of alcohol misuse among the elderly and this finding supports concerns that older people might be abusing alcohol. More...

Published: Mar 6, 2015 12:01:00 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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Strange Creatures put on display at UCL

‘Strange Creatures: The art of unknown animals’ is a new exhibition at the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL. By examining the world of animal representations, the exhibition explores how imagery has been used to bring newly discovered animals into the public eye. More...

Published: Mar 3, 2015 5:53:00 PM

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PROUD study shows Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is highly protective against HIV infection

Researchers from the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit (MRC CTU) at UCL and Public Health England have presented results at a conference in Seattle, Washington, indicating that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly protective against HIV for gay and other men who have sex with men in England. More...

Published: Feb 25, 2015 10:08:11 AM

Dr Jade Alglave named as winner of prestigious Royal Society award

Dr Jade Alglave (UCL Computer Sciences) has been named as the winner of the Brian Mercer Award for Innovation by the Royal Society, More...

Published: Feb 20, 2015 4:47:05 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

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UCL awarded £10m to develop new dementia treatments

Alzheimer’s Research UK today announced a £30m Drug Discovery Alliance, launching three flagship Drug Discovery Institutes at UCL, the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The Drug Discovery Institutes will see 90 new research scientists employed in state-of-the-art facilities to fast-track the development of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. More...

Published: Feb 16, 2015 10:36:42 AM

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Brain’s GPS system influenced by shape of environment

Patterns created by the brain’s grid cells, which are believed to guide navigation, are modified by the shape of the environment, according to UCL researchers. This means grid patterns aren’t a universal metric for the brain’s GPS system to measure distance, as previously thought. More...

Published: Feb 12, 2015 9:23:57 AM

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New technique doubles the distance of optical fibre communications

A new way to process fibre optic signals has been demonstrated by UCL researchers, which could double the distance at which data travels error-free through transoceanic sub-marine cables. More...

Published: Feb 3, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Cancer fear can impact screening uptake

People who worry about cancer are more likely to want to get screened for colon cancer, but feeling uncomfortable at the thought of cancer makes them less likely to actually go for the test, finds new UCL-led research. More...

Published: Jan 29, 2015 10:49:05 AM

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Having a romantic partner present can make pain feel worse

The support of a romantic partner is often advised for painful medical procedures, but new research from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Hertfordshire finds that this can actually make the pain feel worse. More...

Published: Jan 21, 2015 12:13:01 PM

Thousands of hydroxyapatite spheres (magenta), each just a few microns across, are found in large drusen deposits within the eye

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye

Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research. More...

Published: Jan 20, 2015 10:51:30 AM

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Human activity puts Earth’s systems at risk

Four of the nine systems that regulate the interaction between land, ocean, atmosphere, ice-sheets and life on Earth are at risk from destabilisation due to human activity, according to an international team including UCL scientists. More...

Published: Jan 16, 2015 9:24:25 AM

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Bloomsbury Research Institute awarded £7.5 million

UCL and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have been awarded a grant of £7.5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund to develop the Bloomsbury Research Institute, a partnership dedicated to addressing the global challenge of infectious disease. More...

Published: Jan 15, 2015 10:43:00 AM

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Which fossil fuels must remain in the ground to limit global warming?

A third of oil reserves, half of gas reserves and over 80% of current coal reserves globally should remain in the ground and not be used before 2050 if global warming is to stay below the 2°C target agreed by policy makers, according to new research by the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. More...

Published: Jan 7, 2015 6:16:50 PM