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Health - Social Sciences - 03.07.2020
Levels of depression and anxiety higher amongst those from BAME backgrounds during lockdown
People from BAME backgrounds have had higher levels of depression and anxiety throughout the Covid-19 lockdown, as well as lower levels of happiness and life satisfaction, finds UCL's Covid-19 Social Study. In addition, whilst 21% of people from white backgrounds have reported being often lonely during lockdown, this figure has been 23% amongst those from BAME backgrounds.

Social Sciences - Pedagogy - 02.07.2020
Greater support needed for carers of autistic children during lockdown
Families of autistic children have been greatly impacted by lockdown reveals a study by UCL, the University of East London and the University of Bedfordshire. It found that despite the relaxed legislation on lockdown measures for autistic people brought into effect in April, 86% of those surveyed still felt that the needs of autistic people and their families were not adequately planned for or addressed by officials during the pandemic.

Social Sciences - 01.07.2020
Infant sleep problems can signal mental disorders in adolescents - study
Specific sleep problems among babies and very young children can be linked to mental disorders in adolescents, a new study has found. A team at the University of Birmingham's School of Psychology studied questionnaire data from the Children of the 90s , a UK-based longitudinal study which recruited pregnant mothers of 14,000 babies when it was set up almost three decades ago.

Social Sciences - Health - 01.07.2020
Researchers to investigate social contact and physical distancing behaviours during COVID-19
Understanding these contact patterns, and how people physically distance from each other in different settings and among different groups, will help policy makers design effective control strategies for preventing transmission. The CON-QUEST (COroNavirus QUESTionnaire) study, funded by the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute and supported by the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Behavioural Science and Evaluation , will initially focus on contacts between University staff and students to understand how coronavirus spreads in a university setting.

Health - Social Sciences - 30.06.2020
More than 40% of COVID-19 infections had no symptoms
A study of COVID-19 in the quarantined Italian town of Vň, where most of the population was tested, reveals the importance of asymptomatic cases. The authors of the new research suggest asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people are an important factor in the transmission of COVID-19. They also argue that widespread testing, isolating infected people, and a community lockdown effectively stopped the outbreak in its tracks.

Health - Social Sciences - 26.06.2020
Third of people report enjoying lockdown
On balance a third of people in the UK have been enjoying the lockdown, while 46% have not been enjoying it and 21% have mixed feelings, finds UCL's Covid-19 Social Study. The research also shows that 17% of people have not been enjoying lockdown 'at all', whilst only 4% of people have been enjoying it 'very much'.

Social Sciences - Health - 23.06.2020
Covid-19: Most disadvantaged 9 times more likely to struggle paying the bills
Adults in the lowest socio-economic group have been almost nine times more likely to struggle to pay the bills compared to those from higher socio-economic groups, finds a new UCL study examining adversity relating to Covid-19. The study, published with Epidemiology and Community Health , explored the changing patterns of adversity in the UK relating to the Covid-19 pandemic by socioeconomic position during the early weeks of lockdown from 25 March to 14 April 2020.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.06.2020
Prisoners experience inequality of healthcare in hospitals
Fear, stigma, reduced autonomy and security requirements have resulted in prisoners receiving lower standards of secondary healthcare than the wider community, finds a new UCL-led study. Published today in The Lancet EClinicalMedicine, the study explores accounts of around 40 prisoners, and is the first to consider how people in prisons experience hospital healthcare.

Health - Social Sciences - 19.06.2020
Anxiety levels doubled in young people following COVID-19 lockdown, says study
Please note this is a preprint, so it is a preliminary piece of research that has not yet been through peer review and has not been published in a scientific journal - so this is early data. Young people's anxiety levels have doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic with 24% experiencing anxiety up from 13% in pre-pandemic waves, according to research from the University of Bristol.

Pedagogy - Social Sciences - 19.06.2020
Mums doing lion’s share of childcare and home-learning during lockdown - even when both parents work
Government and employers must take stock to ensure mothers' long-term employment prospects are not disproportionately impacted by lockdown Childcare responsibilities during lockdown are not being shared equally between working parents, psychologists at the University of Sussex have found. Inequalities between parents for childcare and domestic duties have increased during the Covid-19 period.

Social Sciences - History / Archeology - 18.06.2020
Discovery in UNESCO passage tomb points to Neolithic Irish dynasty
Evidence of an elite adult male conceived through a socially sanctioned incestuous relationship during the Neolithic period has been discovered in Ireland's largest passage tomb, finds a new study involving UCL and Trinity College Dublin. The remains were identified in New Grange, a 5,000 year-old passage tomb that sits within the UNESCO monumental site of Brú na Bóinne.

Health - Social Sciences - 16.06.2020
Signs of old age appear much earlier in poorer people
There is a faster decline in physical, mental and social function in people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, finds a large UCL-led cohort study. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) used a sample of 5,018 participants, aged 64 years on average, from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, first assessing them in 2004 and then eight years later in 2012.

Social Sciences - 13.06.2020
Ethnic minorities' employment prospects lag behind white majority because of ‘persistent racism'
Ethnic minorities’ employment prospects lag behind white majority because of ‘persistent racism’
The employment prospects of some ethnic minorities have improved since the 1970s but still lag behind the white majority because of "persistent racism", a major new study says. Research, led by the University of Bristol, revealed that despite progress, most ethnic minority groups studied are still more likely to be in manual work or unemployed or sick than their white counterparts.

Health - Social Sciences - 08.06.2020
Birmingham designed test confirms COVID-19 as trigger for rare Kawasaki-like syndrome in children
A test developed by experts in Birmingham has offered evidence confirming COVID-19 to be the cause of a newly emerged multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, who have tested negative for the virus by the PCR test. This raises the possibility that children who may have had the virus in their system, even if they haven't been unwell, could be at risk of developing this new condition.

Health - Social Sciences - 05.06.2020
BBC Contagion experiment offers insights into Covid-19 control | University of Oxford
Data from a BBC citizen science experiment has helped predict how different strategies could control the spread of Covid-19 - according to new preliminary research from Oxford University, University of East Anglia, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The team of researchers re-purposed the BBC data to simulate outbreaks of Covid-19, and see which public health interventions might be effective.

Health - Social Sciences - 04.06.2020
Anxiety & depression levels fall as lockdown eased
Levels of anxiety and depression in the UK have both fallen in the past week but remain above the usual reported averages, according to UCL's Covid-19 social study of over 90,000 adults during the coronavirus epidemic. The ongoing study, which was launched in the week before lockdown, is funded by the Nuffield Foundation with additional support from Wellcome and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Health - Social Sciences - 29.05.2020
Black and Asian groups are at higher risk of COVID-19 infection
Black and south Asian ethnic groups in England appear to be at higher risk of COVID-19, as well as hospitalisation with the disease. New UK Biobank research, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in BMC Medicine , has found that black and south Asian ethnic groups have a higher risk of testing positive with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

Health - Social Sciences - 26.05.2020
BBC Contagion experiment offers insights into Covid-19 control
Data from a BBC citizen science experiment has helped predict how different strategies could control the spread of Covid-19 - according to new preliminary research from Oxford University, University of East Anglia, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The team of researchers re-purposed the BBC data to simulate outbreaks of Covid-19, and see which public health interventions might be effective.

Health - Social Sciences - 22.05.2020
Children appear half as likely to catch COVID-19 as adults
Children and young people appear to be more than 50% less likely to catch SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, than adults but evidence remains weak on how likely they are to transmit the virus, finds a UCL-led review of test and tracing and population screening studies. Researchers say the findings, which are awaiting peer review and formal publication, provide further evidence on children's susceptibility to COVID-19, and the data will be important for governments making decisions about school reopening and easing lockdown restrictions.

Health - Social Sciences - 20.05.2020
Most young people with increased suicide risk only display 'mild to moderate' mental distress - study
Most young people with increased suicide risk only display ’mild to moderate’ mental distress - study
Around 70% of young people who report self-harming or suicidal thoughts are within normal or non-clinical range of mental distress.   Even modest improvements in mental health and wellbeing across the entire population may prevent more suicides than targeting only those who are severely depressed or anxious Peter Jones The vast majority of young people who self-harm or experience suicidal thoughts appear to have only mild or moderate mental distress, instead of more obvious symptoms associated with a diagnosable disorder, according to a new study.
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