UCL in the media
Dr Jo Billings (UCL Psychiatry) comments on a rise in organisations training “mental health first aiders” to tackle mental distress in the workplace, explaining that it may help to raise awareness of mental health but that it is not sufficient to tackle the problem.
In a profile of India Fisher, the voiceover star of MasterChef, Professor Yi Xu (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) is quoted explaining that a husky female voice is typically seen as more attractive and a “posh” voice regarded as more authoritative.
The escalating trade war between the USA and China could cost the average American family over $460 a year, according to analysis from Dr Kirill Borusyak (UCL Economics).
In an opinion piece, Dr Robert Smith (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) discusses how social media polarises people’s political opinions, and argues that ‘echo chambers’ are an inevitable consequence of social networks which utilise algorithms to curate our online news.
Dr Brian Klaas (UCL School of European Languages, Cultures & Society) writes in an opinion that America has a gun deaths epidemic. “Every other rich country on the planet has figured out how to reduce gun violence. It’s time we learned from them”, comments Dr Klaas.
The benefits of HRT to menopausal women outweigh the risks, and “If you deny women HRT, they are more likely to die of problems like osteoporosis, fractures, heart disease, dementia,” explains Professor Michael Baum (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science).
“The causes of premature death are an unhealthy diet, drinking, lack of exercise, et cetera. But the causes of the causes are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age,” explains Professor Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health).
Commenting on the news that younger siblings are less likely to get diabetes, Professor Scott Montgomery (UCL Epidemiology & Health) explains “There are changes in the mother when she’s had previous pregnancies which could have implications for the development of the child.”