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Starting HIV treatment early improves patient outcomes

A major international randomised clinical trial has found that HIV-infected individuals have a considerably lower risk of developing AIDS or other serious illnesses if they start taking antiretroviral drugs sooner, when their CD4+ T-cell count—a key measure of immune system health—is higher, instead of waiting until the CD4+ cell count drops to lower levels. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 6:32:23 PM

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UCL launches UK’s first fully Open Access university press

UCL is pleased to announce the launch of UCL Press, the University’s in house publishing arm. UCL Press will be the first fully Open Access university press in the UK with all books, journals and monographs freely available online, creating a diverse and accessible global knowledge resource. More...

Published: May 27, 2015 4:42:47 PM

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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

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Chemo before surgery benefits patients with advanced ovarian cancer

Women with advanced ovarian cancer have fewer side effects and tend to have a better quality of life if given chemotherapy before surgery, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study published in The Lancet. More...

Published: May 20, 2015 1:32:26 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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Unique social structure of hunter-gatherers explained

Sex equality in residential decision-making explains the unique social structure of hunter-gatherers, a new UCL study reveals. More...

Published: May 15, 2015 10:18:08 AM

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Smoking induces early signs of cancer in cheek swabs

DNA damage caused by smoking can be detected in cheek swabs, finds research published today in JAMA Oncology. The study provides evidence that smoking induces a general cancer program that is also present in cancers which aren’t usually associated with it – including breast and gynaecological cancers. More...

Published: May 14, 2015 4:05:32 PM

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New test could identify resistant tuberculosis faster in London

Tuberculosis (TB) disease rates in some parts of London are as high as in Sub-Saharan Africa, and drug-resistant strains are becoming increasingly common. These require specific treatments, and if doctors know that a bug is resistant they can start therapy earlier, often leading to better outcomes. More...

Published: May 13, 2015 4:44:22 PM

Magnified image of liver sample from Hepatitis B patient showing suppressor cells (brown) approaching T cells (red)

Starved T cells allow hepatitis B to silently infect liver

Hepatitis B stimulates processes that deprive the body’s immune cells of key nutrients that they need to function, finds new UCL-led research funded by the Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust. More...

Published: May 11, 2015 4:49:42 PM

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LDA Design appointed to develop a master plan for new UCL East campus

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has today announced that LDA Design has been appointed to develop a master plan for a new 125,000m2 campus for UCL on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This location will allow new and exciting initiatives to be developed by UCL. More...

Published: May 11, 2015 3:03:18 PM

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New screening technique could pick up twice as many ovarian cancer cases

A new screening method can detect twice as many women with ovarian cancer as conventional strategies, according to the latest results from the largest trial of its kind led by UCL. More...

Published: May 5, 2015 5:14:50 PM

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Tracking exploding Lithium-ion batteries in real-time

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. More...

Published: Apr 28, 2015 4:10:55 PM

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UniSA and UCL forge new partnership to ignite future industries

The University of South Australia (UniSA) and UCL have today signed a partnership agreement committing the two institutions to work together to develop teaching and research in South Australia in fields that include minerals processing, advanced manufacturing, sustainable future energy production and protection, and care of the environment. More...

Published: Apr 27, 2015 11:05:44 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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Mummified bodies from 18th century Europe found to have multiple tuberculosis infections

Bodies found in a 200 year-old Hungarian crypt have revealed the secrets of how tuberculosis (TB) took hold in 18th century Europe, according to a research team involving UCL scientists. More...

Published: Apr 20, 2015 11:36:45 AM