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Brain takes seconds to switch modes during tasks

The brain rapidly switches between operational modes in response to tasks and what is replayed can predict how well a task will be completed, according to a new UCL study in rats.

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Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection

The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research.

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National roll-out of PrEP HIV prevention drug would be cost-effective

Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to men who have sex with men who are at high risk of HIV infection (equivalent to less than 5% of men who have sex with men at any point in time) in England would be cost-effective, and could help to prevent up to one in four cases of HIV, according to UCL research. 

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Professor Ted Garway-Heath elected as European Glaucoma Society President

Professor David (Ted) Garway-Heath, International Glaucoma Association Professor for Glaucoma and Allied Studies at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital has been appointed president of the European Glaucoma Society (EGS). 

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In people with OCD, actions are at odds with beliefs

UCL researchers have devised a mathematical model to understand what causes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a set of repeated behaviours deriving from an underlying brain dysfunction that is not yet well understood.

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Having an older sibling poses risk of serious flu 

Children under two years are more likely to be admitted to hospital with influenza if they have an older sister or brother, according to UCL-led research published today in the European Respiratory Journal.

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UCL academics presenting at New Scientist live

Numerous UCL academics will be presenting at New Scientist Live this week, the second annual edition of a festival of ideas taking place at ExCeL London.

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