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Health - Feb 28
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Interventions such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), could be an effective treatment option for menopause-related mood symptoms, memory and concentration problems, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders , is the most up-to-date study of its kind, providing a meta-analysis of 30 studies involving 3,501 women who were going through the menopause in 14 countries, including the UK, USA, Iran, Australia, and China.

Health - Feb 27
Health

People in the UK were treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy less often than in comparable countries and faced long waits for treatments, according to two new studies led by UCL researchers.

Music - Feb 27
Music

The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows.

Pharmacology - Feb 27
Pharmacology

The currently recommended five-day course of molnupiravir, an antiviral treatment, may not be long enough to treat COVID-19, according to a new paper involving UCL researchers.

Innovation - Feb 26

Professor Ross King from Cambridge's Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, who originated the idea of a 'Robot Scientist', discusses why he believes that AI-powered scientists could surpass the best human scie

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Health - Psychology - 28.02.2024
Therapy could be effective treatment for non-physical symptoms of menopause
Therapy could be effective treatment for non-physical symptoms of menopause
Interventions such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), could be an effective treatment option for menopause-related mood symptoms, memory and concentration problems, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders , is the most up-to-date study of its kind, providing a meta-analysis of 30 studies involving 3,501 women who were going through the menopause in 14 countries, including the UK, USA, Iran, Australia, and China.

Health - Pharmacology - 27.02.2024
UK cancer treatment falls behind other countries
UK cancer treatment falls behind other countries
People in the UK were treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy less often than in comparable countries and faced long waits for treatments, according to two new studies led by UCL researchers. For the two papers, published in The Lancet Oncology and part-funded by Cancer Research UK, an international team of researchers examined data from over 780,000 people with cancer diagnosed between 2012 and 2017 in four comparable countries (Australia, Canada, Norway and the UK).

Pharmacology - Health - 27.02.2024
COVID-19 antiviral treatment should be taken for longer
COVID-19 antiviral treatment should be taken for longer
The currently recommended five-day course of molnupiravir, an antiviral treatment, may not be long enough to treat COVID-19, according to a new paper involving UCL researchers. The study, published in Nature Communications , was conducted as part of PANORAMIC, an ongoing clinical trial evaluating potential treatments for COVID-19.

Music - 27.02.2024
Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies
Pythagoras was wrong: there are no universal musical harmonies
The tone and tuning of musical instruments has the power to manipulate our appreciation of harmony, new research shows. The findings challenge centuries of Western music theory and encourage greater experimentation with instruments from different cultures. There are many more kinds of harmony out there Peter Harrison According to the Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras, 'consonance' - a pleasant-sounding combination of notes - is produced by special relationships between simple numbers such as 3 and 4.

Innovation - Microtechnics - 26.02.2024
Opinion: the future of science is automation
Professor Ross King from Cambridge's Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, who originated the idea of a 'Robot Scientist', discusses why he believes that AI-powered scientists could surpass the best human scientists by the middle of the century, but only if AI for science is developed responsibly and ethically.

Health - 26.02.2024
Black children more likely to experience complications after emergency appendicitis surgery
Black children are four times more likely than white children to experience complications after having their appendix removed, but further assessment is needed to understand the cause of the association, according to research from UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital. The study, published in Anaesthesia , aimed to characterise the incidence and epidemiology of postoperative complications in children undergoing appendicectomy in the UK.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.02.2024
Vest can detect earlier signs of heart muscle disease
Vest can detect earlier signs of heart muscle disease
A reusable vest that can map the electric impulses of the heart in fine detail could detect abnormalities from a potentially fatal heart disease much earlier than is currently possible, suggests a new study led by UCL researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , found that an electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) vest, developed by Dr Gaby Captur at UCL, could detect electrical changes associated with an inherited heart muscle condition at a stage when standard tests do not pick up signs of disease.

Physics - Astronomy / Space - 26.02.2024
Scientists closer to solving mysteries of universe after measuring gravity in quantum world
Scientists closer to solving mysteries of universe after measuring gravity in quantum world
Scientists are a step closer to unravelling the mysterious forces of the universe after working out how to measure gravity on a microscopic level. Experts have never fully understood how the force which was discovered by Isaac Newton works in the tiny quantum world. Even Einstein was baffled by quantum gravity and, in his theory of general relativity, said there is no realistic experiment which could show a quantum version of gravity.

Psychology - Innovation - 26.02.2024
Good vibrations could hold answer to calming social anxiety
People who live with social anxiety could be given a helping hand to deal with their stress by the power of good vibrations. People who live with social anxiety could be given a helping hand to deal with their stress by the power of good vibrations, new research suggests. Computing scientists and psychologists from the University of Glasgow have worked with socially anxious people to prototype a series of handheld 'comfort objects' in a research study.

Health - 26.02.2024
Blindness from some inherited eye diseases may be caused by gut bacteria
Blindness from some inherited eye diseases may be caused by gut bacteria
Sight loss in certain inherited eye diseases may be caused by gut bacteria, and is potentially treatable by antimicrobials, finds a new study in mice co-led by a UCL and Moorfields researcher. The international study observed that in eyes with sight loss caused by a particular genetic mutation, known to cause eye diseases that lead to blindness, gut bacteria were found within the damaged areas of the eye.

Astronomy / Space - Physics - 26.02.2024
Metal 'scar' found on dying star ingesting planets and asteroids
Metal ’scar’ found on dying star ingesting planets and asteroids
The unique signature of a star ingesting its surrounding planets and asteroids - a metal scar imprinted on the surface of a white dwarf star - has been found for the first time by a team including UCL researchers. White dwarfs are glowing embers of stars that have burned through all their hydrogen fuel.

Life Sciences - Criminology / Forensics - 26.02.2024
Biocompatible fluorescent spray that detects fingerprints in ten seconds
Biocompatible fluorescent spray that detects fingerprints in ten seconds
Bath researchers have helped produce a safer, more sustainable fingerprint detection spray that could be used on multiple types of surface. Published on Monday 26 February 2024 Last updated on Monday 26 February 2024 Scientists have developed a water soluble, non-toxic fluorescent spray that makes fingerprints visible in just a few seconds, making forensic investigations safer, easier and quicker.

Chemistry - Life Sciences - 23.02.2024
Compound vital for all life likely played a role in life's origin
Compound vital for all life likely played a role in life’s origin
A chemical compound essential to all living things has been synthesised in a lab in conditions that could have occurred on early Earth, suggesting it played a role at the outset of life, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The compound, pantetheine, is the active fragment of Coenzyme A. It is important for metabolism - the chemical processes that maintain life.

Health - Pharmacology - 23.02.2024
Diet intervention links longer remissions of type 2 diabetes and improved health over 5 years
New findings from a three-year observational extension of the landmark Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial DiRECT reveal that, for those in remission from type 2 diabetes at the end of year two of the original study, 26% still remained in remission at year five. The overall remission rate was 13% of those with data at 5 years New findings from a three-year observational extension of the landmark Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial DiRECT reveal that, for those in remission from type 2 diabetes at the end of year two of the original study, 26% still remained in remission at year five.

Health - 23.02.2024
Having a ’regular doctor’ can significantly reduce GP workload
If all GP practices moved to a model where patients saw the same doctor at each visit, it could significantly reduce doctor workload while improving patient health, a study suggests. In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers from the University of Cambridge and INSEAD analysed data from more than 10 million consultations in 381 English primary care practices over a period of 11 years.

Health - Pedagogy - 22.02.2024
Decreasing sedentary time in class reduces obesity in children
Introducing more movement into lessons led to an 8% reduction in children's waist-to-height ratio, according to new research from UCL and the Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH). The study, published in Obesity Facts , is the first scientific assessment of the impact that reducing sedentary behaviour in the classroom has on obesity in primary school children.

Health - Pharmacology - 22.02.2024
ITalkBetter app significantly improves speech in stroke patients
A UCL-developed app that provides speech therapy for people with the language disorder aphasia has been found to significantly improve their ability to talk. iTalkBetter, developed by the Neurotherapeutics Group at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, provides users the digital platform to practice over 200 commonly used words, in their own time and without any limits on the amount of therapy they receive.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.02.2024
'Virtual biopsy' uses AI to help doctors assess lung cancer
’Virtual biopsy’ uses AI to help doctors assess lung cancer
Researchers have used artificial intelligence (AI) to extract information about the chemical makeup of lung tumours from medical scans. For the first time, they have demonstrated how combining medical imaging with AI can be used to provide a 'virtual biopsy' for cancer patients. Their non-invasive method can classify the type of lung cancer a patient has - which is crucial in selecting the right treatment - and can predict if the cancer is likely to progress.

Health - Life Sciences - 22.02.2024
'Dynamic duo' defences in bacteria ward off viral threats
’Dynamic duo’ defences in bacteria ward off viral threats
Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that bacteria can pair up their defence systems to create a formidable force, greater than the sum of its parts, to fight off attack from phage viruses. Understanding how bacteria react to this type of virus is a big step in combatting antimicrobial resistance.

Health - 22.02.2024
Fewer nurses linked to delayed care and serious outcomes in emergency departments
Having fewer nurses on shift in emergency departments is linked to worse outcomes for patients, including heart attacks in the department, according to a new research paper. The paper found that lower staffing levels in emergency departments were associated with longer waits, patients leaving without being seen, and longer overall stays in in the department.
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