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Health - Pharmacology - 01.05.2024
Immune cells hunt down cancer around the body
Scientists have discovered the key features of immune B cells which make them successful at targeting tumours - including when cancer has spread to a different part of the body. Published in Nature Immunology , the researchers have developed a computational tool to identify these anti-cancer immune cells which could lead to improved, personalised immunotherapies.

Psychology - Health - 01.05.2024
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression during the perimenopause
Women are 40% more likely to experience depression in the perimenopause than those who aren't experiencing any menopausal symptoms, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. The research, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders , provided a meta-analysis of seven studies involving 9,141 women from across the world (including Australia, USA, China, Netherlands and Switzerland), to understand whether different stages of the menopause were associated with different risk of depression.

Health - Agronomy / Food Science - 01.05.2024
New research from the RVC and the One Health Poultry Hub reveals speed of avian flu transmission
New research from the RVC and the One Health Poultry Hub reveals speed of avian flu transmission
New research from the Global Challenges Research Fund's (GCRF) One Health Poultry Hub, including researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has, for the first time, modelled the transmission of avian influenza ('bird flu'), revealing the speed at which it can spread in Asia's live bird markets.

Health - Pharmacology - 01.05.2024
Liver study pinpoints cell that helps healing process
A type of cell responsible for repairing damaged liver tissue has been uncovered for the first time by a team of scientists, including Professor Rajiv Jalan (UCL Liver & Digestive Health). The study, published in Nature , showed how these new-found cells migrate to the site of damage, providing new insights into the way the liver heals itself.

Life Sciences - 01.05.2024
Sleep resets brain connections - but only for first few hours
Sleep resets brain connections - but only for first few hours
During sleep, the brain weakens the new connections between neurons that had been forged while awake - but only during the first half of a night's sleep, according to a new study in fish by UCL scientists. The researchers say their findings, published in Nature , provide insight into the role of sleep, but still leave an open question around what function the latter half of a night's sleep serves.

Health - 30.04.2024
Analysis: Does obesity really increase your risk of dementia?
Despite a lack of conclusive data to suggest obesity increases the risk of dementia, Dr Scott Chiesa (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science) recommends trying to maintain a healthy weight anyway because an absence of evidence is not the same as evidence of absence. Many dementia charities advise people to maintain a healthy weight to reduce their risk of dementia.

Environment - Social Sciences - 30.04.2024
Believing environmental damage is done by others can cause 'race to the bottom'
Believing environmental damage is done by others can cause ’race to the bottom’
A study shows that if communities think outsiders are stealing their forest resources, they are more likely to want to increase their own harvest. The research, led by Imperial College London and Max Plank Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology researchers, shows why effective boundaries around a community's common-pool resource are key to sustainable management of that resource.

Veterinary - Health - 30.04.2024
Cavapoo and Cockapoo designer dog breeds at high risk of tick infestation
The RVC's VetCompass Programme reveals the dog breeds at most and least risk of tick infestation to help prevention and support canine welfare. New research from the RVC has revealed that designer cross breeds, including Cavapoo, Cockapoo, Goldendoodle and Cavachons have higher risk of becoming infested by ticks due to their Poodle parentage.

Health - Pharmacology - 29.04.2024
Exercise programmes benefit a wide range of long-term health conditions
A new study looking at health data from the last 20 years has highlighted the benefits of exercise programmes for individuals living with long-term health conditions. Drawing on a comprehensive overview of published evidence spanning 39 different long-term conditions - and encompassing 990 randomised controlled trials and over 900,000 patients - the research underscores the fundamental role of exercise in enhancing the wellbeing of individuals living with long-term health conditions.

Environment - 26.04.2024
Energy trades could help resolve Nile conflict
Energy trades could help resolve Nile conflict
Scientists have shed light on a new, transformative approach that could help resolve a dispute over the Nile river's water resources. The Nile is one of the longest rivers globally and spreads over 11 countries in East Africa, supplying water, energy production, environmental quality and cultural wealth.

Health - Life Sciences - 26.04.2024
Robotic nerve ’cuffs’ could help treat a range of neurological conditions
Researchers have developed tiny, flexible devices that can wrap around individual nerve fibres without damaging them. The ability to make an implant that can change shape through electrical activation opens up a range of future possibilities for highly targeted treatments George Malliaras The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, combined flexible electronics and soft robotics techniques to develop the devices, which could be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a range of disorders, including epilepsy and chronic pain, or the control of prosthetic limbs.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2024
New treatment for brain tumours approved following decades of work
The first ever targeted treatment for brain tumours in children has been approved for NHS patients, following over 20 years of research by a UCL clinician scientist. Professor Darren Hargrave, who is a researcher at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), was the Chair of the TADPOLE-G trial steering group, alongside researchers across the world.

Health - Pharmacology - 26.04.2024
Azithromycin and preventing chronic lung disease in premature babies
The early use of azithromycin does not prevent the development of chronic lung disease in premature babies, finds new research by Cardiff University. The largest clinic trial for azithromycin and chronic lung diseases in premature babies has provided definitive answers to whether azithromycin can decrease rates of chronic lung disease in prematurely born babies.

Physics - Materials Science - 25.04.2024
Novel One-Dimensional Superconductor
Novel One-Dimensional Superconductor
In a significant development in the field of superconductivity, researchers at The University of Manchester have successfully achieved robust superconductivity in high magnetic fields using a newly created one-dimensional (1D) system. This breakthrough offers a promising pathway to achieving superconductivity in the quantum Hall regime, a longstanding challenge in condensed matter physics.

Health - 24.04.2024
Study highlights increased risk of second cancers among breast cancer survivors
Study highlights increased risk of second cancers among breast cancer survivors
Survivors of breast cancer are at significantly higher risk of developing second cancers, including endometrial and ovarian cancer for women and prostate cancer for men, according to new research studying data from almost 600,000 patients in England. It's important for us to understand to what extent having one type of cancer puts you at risk of a second cancer at a different site.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 24.04.2024
A simple ’twist’ improves the engine of clean fuel generation
Researchers have found a way to super-charge the 'engine' of sustainable fuel generation - by giving the materials a little twist. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge, are developing low-cost light-harvesting semiconductors that power devices for converting water into clean hydrogen fuel, using just the power of the sun.

Health - Life Sciences - 24.04.2024
'profound' link between dietary choices and brain health
’profound’ link between dietary choices and brain health
New research has highlighted the profound link between dietary choices and brain health. The research, published in the journal Nature , showed that a healthy, balanced diet was linked to superior brain health, cognitive function and mental wellbeing. The study, involving researchers at the University of Warwick, sheds light on how our food preferences not only influence physical health but also significantly impact brain health.

Environment - 24.04.2024
Finding bat roosts no longer like searching for 'a needle in a haystack'
Finding bat roosts no longer like searching for ’a needle in a haystack’
A new algorithm is making it easier for ecologists and conservationists to find bat roost locations - reducing search areas by nearly 375 times their previous size. The technology combines microphone detector data with a bat movement model to identify optimal searching regions and predict roost locations.

Social Sciences - Health - 24.04.2024
Concerning trends in adolescent substance use in the UK
Research finds concerning trends in adolescent substance use in the UK Alcohol is the most commonly used substance, while vaping is now more common than cigarette smoking among young people, according to a new WHO/Europe report coordinated by researchers at the University of Glasgow. The latest data from across Europe, Central Asia and Canada, from the new Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study, paints a concerning picture of adolescent substance use in the UK and beyond.

Health - 23.04.2024
Livestock abortion surveillance could protect livelihoods and detect emerging global pathogens
Livestock abortion surveillance could protect livelihoods and detect emerging global pathogens
A small-scale surveillance system in Tanzania for reporting livestock abortions could help protect livelihoods and provide insights on potential livestock-to-human infections. The research, led by Washington State University in collaboration with the University of Glasgow and published as a reviewed preprint in eLife, is described as an important study with convincing findings of potential interest to the fields of veterinary medicine, public health and epidemiology.
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