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Health - Pharmacology - 12.06.2024 - Today
New research centre aims to improve heart disease treatment
A new research collaboration is setting out to develop computational tools to improve treatments for one of the world's most common causes of death. The University of Glasgow will lead the newly-established EPSRC Centre for Future PCI Planning, which aims to improve outcomes from a frequently-performed treatment for heart artery disease.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 11.06.2024
Plant-based UPFs linked with higher risk of cardiovascular disease
Heavily processed plant-based foods may be worse for heart health than non-processed foods. New analysis of the health impacts of plant-based ultra-processed foods (UPFs) has found they may pose a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases compared to less-processed plant-based foods. The research , led by the University of São Paulo and involving Imperial College London, used data from more than 118,000 people.

Health - Computer Science - 11.06.2024
AI system learns to speak the language of cancer to enable improved diagnosis
A computer system which harnesses the power of AI to learn the language of cancer is capable of spotting the signs of the disease in biological samples with remarkable accuracy, its developers say. An international team of AI specialists and cancer scientists are behind the breakthrough development, which can also provide reliable predictions of patient outcomes.

Health - 11.06.2024
Are waterbirths safe?
New research confirms that for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy, having a waterbirth is as safe as leaving the water before birth. Researchers looked at the birth experiences of over 87,000 women with an uncomplicated pregnancy who used water immersion during labour for comfort and pain relief.

Astronomy / Space - Health - 11.06.2024
Would astronauts' kidneys survive a roundtrip to Mars?
Would astronauts’ kidneys survive a roundtrip to Mars?
The structure and function of the kidneys is altered by space flight, with galactic radiation causing permanent damage that would jeopardise any mission to Mars, according to a new study led by researchers from UCL. The study, published in Nature Communications , is the largest analysis of kidney health in space flight to date and includes the first health dataset for commercial astronauts.

Health - 10.06.2024
Children’s brain tumours could be diagnosed with 10 min scan, based on metabolic signature
New research suggests that MRI scanning could be used to determine which of four types of medulloblastoma present - which could cut wait for treatment by weeks. Children with the most common malignant form of brain cancer could see diagnostic wait times reduced thanks to new research that trialled a new, quicker and less invasive way of determining which type of tumour they have.

Health - 10.06.2024
New analysis reveals 18 million people have hearing loss
A more holistic definition of hearing loss by The University of Manchester and University of Nottingham researchers has revealed that 18 million people are affected, 6 million higher than previously reported using a definition from the 1980s. The new analysis, published in the International Journal of Audiology, re-evaluated existing prevalence data to include people with hearing loss who were previously not taken into account by official statistics.

Pharmacology - Health - 07.06.2024
Study claiming antidepressant withdrawal is uncommon fails to account for long term users
Study claiming antidepressant withdrawal is uncommon fails to account for long term users
Comment: Study claiming antidepressant withdrawal is uncommon fails to account for long term users Writing in The Conversation, Professor Joanna Moncrieff and Dr Mark Horowitz (both UCL Psychiatry) respond to new research that antidepressant withdrawal is less common than previously thought by highlighting the risks among long-term users.

Health - Pharmacology - 07.06.2024
Major cause of inflammatory bowel disease discovered
UK researchers have discovered a new biological pathway which drives inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and could be targeted with existing drugs. The work, carried out by researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, working with UCL and Imperial College London, uncovered a region of DNA which effectively dials up the activity of specific white blood cells, driving inflammation and increasing IBD risk.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.06.2024
Boosting key protein in eye cells could prevent age-related vision loss
Boosting key protein in eye cells could prevent age-related vision loss
Increasing the levels of a key protein in the cells at the back of the eye could help protect against the leading cause of vision loss among older adults, finds a new study co-led by a UCL researcher. The findings from an international team based in the UK, US, Germany and Australia are published in Science Translational Medicine .

Health - Pharmacology - 06.06.2024
Major cause of inflammatory bowel disease discovered
Major cause of inflammatory bowel disease discovered
A new biological pathway that is a principal driver of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and related conditions, and which can be targeted using existing drugs, has been discovered by researchers at UCL, the Francis Crick Institute and Imperial College London. About 5% of the world's population, and one in ten people in the UK, are currently affected by an autoimmune disease, such as IBD, the umbrella term for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, which cause swelling and irritation of the digestive tract.

Health - 06.06.2024
Breakthrough research highlights Imperial’s strength in cardiovascular science
Three Imperial-led conference presentations have highlighted the university as a leader in cutting-edge cardiovascular disease research. New research from scientists at Imperial College London could help to advance treatment and care for patients with heart conditions. The work, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), covers areas including the use of artificial intelligence to diagnose heart attacks, remote monitoring of high-risk patients, and highlighting increased heart disease risk for British South Asians.

Psychology - Health - 05.06.2024
Internet addiction affects the behaviour and development of adolescents
Internet addiction affects the behaviour and development of adolescents
Adolescents with an internet addiction undergo changes in the brain that could lead to additional addictive behaviour and tendencies, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The findings, published in PLOS Mental Health , reviewed 12 articles involving 237 young people aged 10-19 with a formal diagnosis of internet addiction between 2013 and 2023.

Sport - Health - 05.06.2024
Women’s mental agility is better when they’re on their period
Participants reacted quicker and made fewer errors during menstruation, despite believing their performance would be worse, according to new research from UCL and the Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH). The study, published in Neuropsychologia , is the first to assess sport-related cognition during the menstrual cycle and is part of a larger research project supported by the FIFA Research Scholarship.

Health - Life Sciences - 05.06.2024
Exercising during pregnancy normalises eating behaviours in offspring from obese mice
Exercising during pregnancy normalises eating behaviours in offspring from obese mice
Maternal obesity in pregnancy changes the eating behaviours of offspring by increasing long-term levels of particular molecules known as microRNAs in the part of the brain that controls appetite - but this can be changed by exercise during pregnancy, a study in obese mice has suggested.

Health - 05.06.2024
Unpaid care disproportionately affects low-income households across Europe
Unpaid care has a huge impact on mental health and is more likely to be provided by people from low-income households, finds a landmark Europe-wide study by researchers at UCL and St George's, University of London. The Eurocare research was supported by UK charity Carers Trust and research teams in Spain, Norway and Germany.

Health - 05.06.2024
No evidence sperm counts are dropping, researchers find
The widely held view that sperm counts in men are dropping around the world may be wrong, according to a new study by University of Manchester, Queen's University in Kingston, Canada and Cryos International, Denmark. Using data from 6,758 men from four cities in Denmark applying to be sperm donors at the world's largest sperm bank, Cryos International, the study is published in the journal Human Reproduction today (05/06/24).

Health - Life Sciences - 04.06.2024
Exercising during pregnancy normalises eating behaviors in offspring from obese mice
Exercising during pregnancy normalises eating behaviors in offspring from obese mice
Maternal obesity in pregnancy changes the eating behaviors of offspring by increasing long-term levels of particular molecules known as microRNAs in the part of the brain that controls appetite - but this can be changed by exercise during pregnancy, a study in obese mice has suggested.

Health - Life Sciences - 03.06.2024
As ’bird flu’ in cattle raises concerns for milk safety in the US, scientists confirm that pasteurisation effectively inactivates influenza viruses
A new study has confirmed that pasteurisation temperatures, if applied for industry standard times, should effectively inactivate H5N1 influenza viruses in cows' milk and render it safe to consume.

Health - 03.06.2024
Ethnic minorities experience stigma and discrimination in accessing Long Covid care
Ethnic minorities experience stigma and discrimination in accessing Long Covid care
New research has found that the stigma of Covid-19, racism, and discrimination in healthcare have impacted the ability of ethnic minority patients to access healthcare for Long Covid symptoms. The study, by researchers at the University of Southampton and collaborators across the country, found additional barriers included feeling unworthy of receiving care, not having enough information about Long Covid, and a lack of awareness of healthcare options for coping with the chronic condition.
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