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Health - Life Sciences - 10.04.2020
Rapid lab-free COVID-19 test delivers results in just over an hour
Rapid lab-free COVID-19 test delivers results in just over an hour
A new DnaNudge Lab-in-Cartridge test is beginning evaluation on patients ' requiring no lab and significantly reducing waits for results. Imperial College London's Regius Professor of Engineering, Chris Toumazou FRS, is working with clinical researchers to test a rapid, lab-free PCR test that detects COVID-19 and delivers results in just over an hour.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.04.2020
Researchers develop new coronavirus test for frontline NHS workers
Researchers develop new coronavirus test for frontline NHS workers
A new test for infection with SARS-CoV2 that which inactivates the virus at the point of sampling, has been developed by a team of researchers at the Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease (CITIID). It is now being used to test and screen frontline NHS staff at a Cambridge hospital.

Health - Life Sciences - 09.04.2020
COVID-19: genetic network analysis provides 'snapshot' of pandemic origins
COVID-19: genetic network analysis provides ’snapshot’ of pandemic origins
Study charts the "incipient supernova" of COVID-19 through genetic mutations as it spread from China and Asia to Australia, Europe and North America. Researchers say their methods could be used to help identify undocumented infection sources.   Phylogenetic network analysis has the potential to help identify undocumented COVID-19 infection sources Peter Forster Researchers from Cambridge, UK, and Germany have reconstructed the early "evolutionary paths" of COVID-19 in humans - as infection spread from Wuhan out to Europe and North America - using genetic network techniques.

Health - 09.04.2020
Launched to understand mental health implications of COVID-19
Study launched to understand mental health implications of COVID-19 The University of Glasgow is leading a new study, in partnership with Samaritans and SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), into the mental health and wellbeing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in adults across the UK. The study will aim to understand the impact of the pandemic, and the unprecedented social distancing measures introduced across the country, on mental health indicators such as anxiety, depression, loneliness, self-harm or positive mental wellbeing.

Health - 08.04.2020
Analysis: BMJ study suggests 78% of people with Covid-19 don’t show symptoms
Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths (UCL Epidemiology & Health) explains how a recent study which suggests 78% of people with Covid-19 are asymptomatic could affect future models and responses to the virus. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, with 1.4 million cases and almost 75,000 deaths reported worldwide as of April 7.

Health - 08.04.2020
Interactive tool shows the science behind COVID-19 control measures
Interactive tool shows the science behind COVID-19 control measures
An online tool to illustrate the effects of different COVID-19 control measures has been developed by a team of University of Cambridge researchers. Biological systems are very complicated, and there are still many uncertainties surrounding COVID-19. Cerian Webb The ' lowhighcovid ' tool is intended to highlight the potential impact of different control strategies on the rate of spread of COVID-19.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.04.2020
New COVID-19 project will use the power of smartphones to search for treatments
Researchers will look for potential new treatments for COVID-19 using the computing power of people's smartphones. Working with Vodafone Foundation, the ‘Corona-AI' project will use the free DreamLab app , which crunches calculations using a smartphone's computing power while its user sleeps. The app has already helped find potential new cancer drugs and is now aiming to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Health - Law - 07.04.2020
Covid-19: Scientists develop Bluetooth tracing system, with privacy at heart
A new Bluetooth contact tracing system for detecting Covid-19 proximity, has been developed by a team of scientists and data privacy experts, including from UCL. The DP-3T tracing system, which is presented openly for public scrutiny in a new White Paper , works at scale and has been developed to the highest privacy standards, ready to deploy into an app.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.04.2020
Red wine component mimics oestrogen to support healthy ageing
Some dietary compounds such as resveratrol, which is commonly found in red wine, can mimic oestrogen to activate anti-ageing proteins called sirtuins, finds a new UCL study. Some dietary compounds such as resveratrol, which is commonly found in red wine, can mimic oestrogen to activate anti-ageing proteins called sirtuins, finds a new UCL study.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.04.2020
Insect wings hold antimicrobial clues for improved medical implants
Insect wings hold antimicrobial clues for improved medical implants
U sing a range of advanced imaging tools, functional assays and proteomic analyses , a study by the University of Bristol has identified new ways in which nanopillars can damage bacteria. These important findings will aid the design of better antimicrobial surfaces for potential biomedical applications such as medical implants and devices that are not reliant on antibiotics.

Health - 06.04.2020
School closures play marginal role in containing COVID-19 but are key to restarting society
School closures do not appear to have a significant effect on the spread of infections during coronavirus outbreaks such as COVID-19 but will be crucial to how we restart society after lockdown, according to a new study led by UCL. The systematic review, published today in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health,  is the first study to look at the evidence and emerging data on the benefit of school closures and other school social distancing interventions in outbreaks such as SARS, MERS and COVID-19.

Health - Business / Economics - 03.04.2020
Younger workers hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US
Younger workers hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US
In addition, those on low incomes are more likely to have lost jobs or pay, and less able to complete work tasks from home. Researchers warn the COVID-19 downturn is likely to "increase inequality between young and old". The immediate impact of the coronavirus downturn on workers has been large and unequal Christopher Rauh Workers under the age of thirty, as well as those on lower incomes, on both sides of the Atlantic are already bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, latest research finds.

Health - Business / Economics - 03.04.2020
Workers under 30 hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US
Workers under 30 hit harder by coronavirus economic shock in UK and US
In addition, those on low incomes are more likely to have lost jobs or pay, and less able to complete work tasks from home. Researchers warn the COVID-19 downturn is likely to "increase inequality between young and old". The immediate impact of the coronavirus downturn on workers has been large and unequal Christopher Rauh Workers under the age of thirty, as well as those on lower incomes, on both sides of the Atlantic are already bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, latest research finds.

Health - Pharmacology - 03.04.2020
Scientists switch from cancer research to help develop coronavirus vaccine
Scientists switch from cancer research to help develop coronavirus vaccine
A team of Cardiff University scientists has switched from researching cancer to work that could help towards a vaccine for coronavirus. The team at the School of Medicine usually work on reprogramming viruses so they can target and kill cancer - but are now focusing their efforts to help in the fight against the new virus which is gripping the world.

Pharmacology - Health - 02.04.2020
Researchers lead trial to test remdesivir drug on COVID-19 patients
Patients with severe COVID-19 are being recruited to test the drug remdesivir as part of a new trial which is being led by the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL. The trial is the first academic study of the drug as a treatment for coronavirus to take place in the UK The Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT-EU/UK) trial, which is taking place in about 75 hospitals globally, recruited its first UK patient this week.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.04.2020
New blood test can detect wide range of cancers
New blood test can detect wide range of cancers
A new blood test that can detect more than 50 types of cancer with high accuracy has been developed by an international team of researchers co-led by UCL. It is expected that the study , published in Annals of Oncology , will play a key role in early detection of cancer, which can often be critical to successful treatment.    The test, developed by GRAIL, looks for tell-tale chemical changes to bits of genetic code - cell-free DNA - that leak from tumours into the bloodstream.

Life Sciences - Health - 01.04.2020
UK genome analysis has important implications for COVID-19 clinical trials
Researchers from Bristol's School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine have been growing the live human SARS-CoV-2 virus in a controlled lab to investigate what the virus is doing inside monkey and human cells. Using state-of-the-art scientific techniques, the team isolated parts of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to find out how the virus instructs the cell to make virus proteins, which can either be used to form virus particles or slow our immune response.

Health - Innovation - 01.04.2020
Scientists working to improve facemasks used by COVID-19 frontline NHS staff
Scientists at the Healthcare Technologies Institute, University of Birmingham and King's College London are working on a solution to improve the seal and fit of facemasks used in hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the onset of the crisis the subject of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a key discussion point.

Physics - Health - 31.03.2020
New quantum technology could help diagnose and treat heart condition
The conductivity of living organs, such as the heart, could be imaged non-invasively using quantum technology developed by UCL researchers, which has the potential to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a heart condition that causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate, potentially leading to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.

Health - Veterinary Science - 31.03.2020
Opinion: Can cats really get or pass on COVID-19, as a report from Belgium suggests?
Should we be concerned about the coronavirus spreading to cats' Not yet, says Dr Sarah Caddy in this article for The Conversation, even after a concerning report from Belgium. After reports of two dogs testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Hong Kong, the most recent news to cause alarm among animal owners is that of a cat in Belgium with apparent symptoms of the virus that causes COVID-19.
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