UCL in the media
Dexamethasone has been found to cut the risk of dying from Coronavirus among seriously ill patients by up to a third. Dr Jennifer Rohn (UCL Medical Sciences) explains how the drug works and why the discovery of its effectiveness in treating the disease is so important.
A ’COVID-19 free’ hospital, set up to carry out non-emergency cancer surgeries, operated on 500 consecutive patients, resulting in no coronavirus-related deaths at 30 days, finds study led by Professor John Kelly & Dr Veeru Kasivisvanathan (UCL Surgery & Interventional Sciences).
As Elon Musk looks to revolutionise the lithion-ion battery, the most energy-dense storage available, Professor Paul Shearing (UCL Chemical Engineering) deconstructs the technology and explains its increasing demand across a variety of uses, including automotive and environment.
Professor Francois Balloux (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says that T-cell immunity may be more important for the immune response to SARS-CoV-2 infection than antibodies.
There is a faster decline in physical, mental and social function in people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, finds a large cohort study led by Professor Andrew Steptoe (UCL Epidemiology & Health)
Population-wide testing, contact tracing, and isolation (PTTI) in the UK could save 50,000 lives and £700bn of GDP over the next two years, finds research co-led by Dr Tim Colbourn (UCL Institute for Global Health), University of Edinburgh and University of Haifa.
New estimates developed by researchers make the existence of up to 30 civilisations capable of communication in our galaxy possible. Work to find them however is more likely to happen in our own solar system says Professor Andrew Coates (UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory).
The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation’s report supporting immunity passports, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned might lead to further spread of Covid-19, “barely touches” on how the passports would be used and what for, says Dr Michael Veale (UCL Laws).
Professor Russell Viner (UCL GOS Institute of Child Health) describes the long-term health effects the lockdown may have on children, and raises concerns about fading healthy eating habits and the suspected rise in obesity as the pandemic continues.