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Health - May 30
Health
South Korean interventions controlled the transmission of COVID-19 quickly, resulting in a smaller epidemic made up of "clusters" of cases. A new report from the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team says that caution is needed in attempting to duplicate the South Korean “test, trace, isolate” response in countries with larger and more generalised epidemics.
Health - May 29

Patients undergoing surgery after contracting coronavirus are at greatly increased risk of postoperative death, a new global study published in The Lancet reveals. Researchers found that amongst SARS-CoV-2 infected patients who underwent surgery, mortality rates approach those of the sickest patients admitted to intensive care after contracting the virus in the community.

Life Sciences - May 29
Life Sciences

Recently discovered ‘single-pixel vision' in fish could help researchers understand how humans are able to spot tiny details in their environment - like stars in the sky.

Health - May 29
Health

Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial. From insights into the cause of Alzheimer's and Type 2 Diabetes, to simulating the Universe with mobile phones, here is some quick-read news from across the College.

Health - May 29

People across the UK drastically reduced their movement outside of home following lockdown, although slight rises have occurred since April. Initial compliance with COVID-19 social distancing was high and geographically consistent throughout the United Kingdom, the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team has found.


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Health - 30.05.2020
Identifying clusters central to South Korea's COVID-19 response
Identifying clusters central to South Korea’s COVID-19 response
South Korean interventions controlled the transmission of COVID-19 quickly, resulting in a smaller epidemic made up of "clusters" of cases. A new report from the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team says that caution is needed in attempting to duplicate the South Korean “test, trace, isolate” response in countries with larger and more generalised epidemics.

Health - 29.05.2020
COVID-19 patients who undergo surgery are at increased risk of postoperative death - global study
Patients undergoing surgery after contracting coronavirus are at greatly increased risk of postoperative death, a new global study published in The Lancet reveals. Researchers found that amongst SARS-CoV-2 infected patients who underwent surgery, mortality rates approach those of the sickest patients admitted to intensive care after contracting the virus in the community.

Health - Life Sciences - 29.05.2020
Misfolded proteins and simulating the Universe: News from the College
Misfolded proteins and simulating the Universe: News from the College
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial. From insights into the cause of Alzheimer's and Type 2 Diabetes, to simulating the Universe with mobile phones, here is some quick-read news from across the College. Biophysical origins Amyloids are misfolded proteins whose presence can lead to diseases like Alzheimer's and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).

Life Sciences - 29.05.2020
When one pixel is enough: 'single pixel' vision in fish could help scientists understand how humans see tiny detail
When one pixel is enough: ’single pixel’ vision in fish could help scientists understand how humans see tiny detail
Recently discovered ‘single-pixel vision' in fish could help researchers understand how humans are able to spot tiny details in their environment - like stars in the sky. In a paper published this week, researchers at the University of Sussex found that zebrafish are able to use a single photoreceptor to spot their tiny prey.

Health - 29.05.2020
Mobile data shows high compliance with lockdown rules across the UK
People across the UK drastically reduced their movement outside of home following lockdown, although slight rises have occurred since April. Initial compliance with COVID-19 social distancing was high and geographically consistent throughout the United Kingdom, the Imperial College London COVID-19 Response Team has found.

Mathematics - Health - 29.05.2020
Solution to century-old math problem could predict transmission of infectious diseases
A Bristol academic has achieved a milestone in statistical/mathematical physics by solving a 100-year-old physics problem - the discrete diffusion equation in finite space. The long-sought-after solution could be used to accurately predict encounter and transmission probability between individuals in a closed environment, without the need for time-consuming computer simulations.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.05.2020
COVID-19 mortality in hospitalised cancer patients is not significantly affected by anti-cancer treatments
A new study led by the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford has found the mortality rate in cancer patients who are assessed or treated in hospital with COVID-19 is not significantly affected by chemotherapy or other anti-cancer treatments. Published in The Lancet, the study was devised by steering committee of the UK Coronavirus Cancer Monitoring Project (UKCCMP) which launched in March, and collects information on UK cancer patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 29.05.2020
New materials could make greener fast-charging batteries
New materials could make greener fast-charging batteries
Researchers have created a fast-charging battery prototype that uses sodium instead of lithium, potentially leading to more sustainable batteries. The prototype is one of the first to successfully use sodium in an organic battery that can be quickly charged and discharged hundreds of times without losing any capacity.

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.

Environment - Life Sciences - 29.05.2020
Global environmental changes are leading to shorter, younger trees - new study
Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees with broad impacts on global ecosystems, scientists say. In a global study published in the 29 May 2020 , researchers including experts at the University of Birmingham, showed how rising temperatures and carbon dioxide have been altering the world's forests.

Environment - 28.05.2020
Antarctic ice sheets capable of retreating up to 50 metres per day
Antarctic ice sheets capable of retreating up to 50 metres per day
The ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic coastline retreated at speeds of up to 50 metres per day at the end of the last Ice Age, far more rapid than the satellite-derived retreat rates observed today, new research has found.

Life Sciences - 28.05.2020
Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes
Evolution of colour vision in sea snakes
New research has revealed the evolution of colour vision in elapid snakes following their transition from terrestrial to fully marine environments, and for the first time, provided evidence of where, when and how frequently the species have adapted their ability to see in colour. Published in the journal Current Biology , the study is an international collaboration between the University of Adelaide, the University of Plymouth, University of Bristol and The Natural History Museum, London, and others, involving scientists from the UK, Australia, Denmark, Bangladesh and Canada.

Life Sciences - History / Archeology - 28.05.2020
4000 Years of contact, conflict and cultural change had little genetic impact in Near East
The Near East was a crossroad for the ancient world's greatest civilizations, and invasions over centuries caused enormous changes in cultures, religions and languages. However, a new study of the DNA of ancient skeletons spanning 4,000 years has revealed that most of these changes had no lasting effect on the genetics of the local population of Beirut.

Health - Pharmacology - 28.05.2020
Sugars could be the key to an earlier, more accurate test for prostate cancer
A new type of test that uses complex sugars to detect prostate cancer earlier and with greater accuracy is being developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham. The test works by identifying sugars, known as glycans, in blood. These sugars are attached to protein molecules called PSA and are known to undergo distinct but subtle changes when cancer is present in the body.

Health - Pharmacology - 28.05.2020
Mapping COVID-19 effects and treatments in patients’ blood
A new coalition of more than 500 scientists from 18 countries, involving UCL, will data on COVID-19 gleaned from the use of mass spectrometry techniques which examine people's blood and other biomarkers. Announced in The Lancet today, and coordinated from The University of Manchester, the COVID-19 MS Coalition is made up of many of the world's leading mass spectrometry experts who will work together to look at the ways in which the novel coro rus is present in patients' blood and examine in detail how the virus is structured.

Event - 28.05.2020
High tech printing makes checking banknotes possible in the blink of an eye
New ‘3D micro-optic' security features in banknotes enable the general public to detect counterfeits reliably within a fraction of a second, according to new research at the University of Birmingham. During a typical cash transaction, people glance at banknotes for about a second, not giving them much time to check banknotes for authenticity.

Life Sciences - Environment - 28.05.2020
50 billion years of evolutionary history threatened by human activity
50 billion years of evolutionary history threatened by human activity
Unique animals with long evolutionary histories are under increased threat of extinction around the world, according to a new study. Our analyses reveal the incomprehensible scale of the losses we face if we don't work harder to save global biodiversity. Rikki Gumbs Many of these unique species live in areas that are facing unprecedented levels of human pressure from activities such as urban development, deforestation and road building, including the Caribbean, the Western Ghats of India, and large parts of Southeast Asia.

Pharmacology - Health - 27.05.2020
’Signatures’ in blood reveal how sepsis patients will respond to condition
A leading university in the heart of a thriving capital city Over 95 % of our undergraduates enter employment or further study shortly after graduating (HESA 2016/17) Top 5 UK University for research quality (REF 2014) Welcoming and ambitious we are truly a global university 600 m invested in our biggest Working to make a better future for Wales and the world Scientists have identified molecular “signatures” in the immune component

Life Sciences - 27.05.2020
Strong convictions can blind us to information that challenges them
When people are highly confident in a decision, they take in information that confirms their decision, but fail to process information which contradicts it, finds a UCL brain imaging study. The study, published , helps to explain the neural processes that contribute to the confirmation bias entrenched in most people's thought processes.

Health - 27.05.2020
Users of high-potency cannabis four times more likely to report associated problems
Published today [27 May] on JAMA Psychiatry the research uses data from Children of the 90s , a long-term health study that recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women and their babies born in and around Bristol in the early 1990s and has been following their health and development ever since. This is the first research of its kind to look at data from a general population sample, with previous research into the between cannabis potency and mental health only looking at clinical and self-selecting samples of people who use drugs.
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