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People with diabetes are less able to regulate the body’s responses to stress

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Stress

People with type 2 diabetes are physically less able to recover from stress, finds a study by scientists at UCL and the University of Zurich, funded by the British Heart Foundation.

UCL Council confirms UCL/IOE merger decision

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IOE and UCL to consult on proposed merger

UCL Council has today (20 October) confirmed its decision that UCL should merge with the Institute of Education (IOE). 

UCL research helps paralysed man to recover function

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Professor Geoff Raisman

A man who was paralysed from the chest down following a knife attack can now walk using a frame, following a pioneering cell transplantation treatment developed by scientists at UCL and applied by surgeons at Wroclaw University Hospital, Poland.

Archaeology powered by communities: new crowd-funding platform

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UCL Institute of Archaeology and the British Museum are asking for public help in conducting, designing and funding research about archaeology, history and heritage.

Myelin vital for learning new practical skills

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Mouse brain

New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by UCL research. Myelin is a fatty substance that insulates the brain's wiring and is a major constituent of ‘white matter’. It is produced by the brain and spinal cord into early adulthood as it is needed for many developmental processes, and although earlier studies of human white matter hinted at its involvement in skill learning, this is the first time it has been confirmed experimentally.

Amphibians being wiped out by emerging viruses

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Scientists tracing the real-time impact of viruses in the wild have found that entire amphibian communities are being killed off by closely related viruses introduced to mountainous areas of northern Spain.

ZAP! Spacecraft discovers Saturn’s moon Hyperion is charged

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Hyperion

Cassini spacecraft received the equivalent of a 200 volt electric shock from the electrostatically charged surface of Saturn’s moon, Hyperion, confirming that objects in the outer Solar System can have charged surfaces, according to UCL research.

Leisure time physical activity linked to lower depression risk

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Track Cycling at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Being physically active three times a week reduces the odds of being depressed by approximately 16%, according to new UCL research undertaken as part of the Public Health Research Consortium.

UCL Cancer Institute in Channel 4 'Curing Cancer' documentary

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Dr Rakesh Popat, Consultant Haematologist at UCH, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the UCL Cancer Institute; Jeffery Sugarman, patient; Dr. Louise Dickinson, Clinical Fellow in Urology UCH; Debra Cox, patient

The 'Curing Cancer' documentary broadcast on Channel 4 on the 15 October follows four UCLH patients taking part in trials of advanced cancer treatments, from the labs of the UCL Cancer Institute to the wards of UCLH.

Stenting safe and effective for long-term stroke prevention

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Open stent

Using stents to keep neck arteries open is just as effective as invasive neck surgery for long-term prevention of fatal and disabling strokes, reports an international trial led by UCL funded by the Medical Research Council and Stroke Association.

Oral health problems in elite athletes ‘must be addressed’

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Javelin Thrower

Poor oral health affecting athletes’ general health and performance shows ‘no signs of improvement’ and must be remedied, say a group of UCL-led health experts and sporting bodies.

New web privacy system could revolutionise the safety of surfing

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Scientists from UCL, Stanford Engineering, Google, Chalmers and Mozilla Research have built a new system that protects Internet users’ privacy whilst increasing the flexibility for web developers to build web applications that combine data from different web sites, dramatically improving the safety of surfing the web.

UCL gets £15M to train the next generation of bioscientists

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UCL Life Sciences

Thirty PhD studentships will be available annually for the next five years in the areas of agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, health and other frontier biosciences following a £15M grant from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Simon Cane appointed Director of Public and Cultural Engagement at UCL

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Simon Cane

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Cane as the new Director of Public and Cultural Engagement. Simon joins UCL from his role as Deputy Director at Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT).

Interactive website helps lower-income smokers to stop smoking

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No 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.

Statins, diabetes and bodyweight: key messages

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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.

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

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Statins

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.

Gene variant that dramatically reduces ‘bad’ lipids

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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.

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

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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.

3D model shows survival strategies of bacteria

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Biofilm

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. 

‘Fat shaming’ doesn’t encourage weight loss

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Man on scales

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

Sloths: life in the evolutionary fast lane

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Sloths

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.

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

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Syringe

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).

Antibiotics do not shorten tuberculosis treatment, finds Phase 3 trial

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Antibiotics

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.

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

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E-cigarette user

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

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