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Psychology - 13.05.2024
Children of the 90s Study: High-THC Cannabis Varieties Twice as Likely to Cause Psychotic Episodes
Children of the 90s Study: High-THC Cannabis Varieties Twice as Likely to Cause Psychotic Episodes
New study suggests high-potency cannabis use between 16-18 doubles the risk of psychotic experiences from 19-24, compared to lower-potency use in young adults Young individuals consuming higher-potency cannabis, such as skunk, between ages 16 and 18, are twice as likely to have psychotic experiences from age 19 to 24 compared to those using lower-potency cannabis.

Health - Pharmacology - 12.05.2024
Heart failure device could remotely monitor patients and prevent hospitalisation
A brand-new monitoring device for patients with heart failure may be able to detect signs of fluid overload, and could be used to monitor patients and help prevent hospital admissions, according to a new study.

Health - Psychology - 10.05.2024
Talk therapy can improve quality of life for people with MND
Psychological therapy can significantly improve quality of life for people living with motor neuron disease (MND) when delivered alongside usual care, finds a study led by UCL and University of Sheffield researchers. The largest-ever trial of a psychological intervention for patients with the debilitating neurological condition, published in The Lancet, found that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) improves overall quality of life, when integrated alongside existing care.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.05.2024
Analysis reveals new insights into global surge of Strep A infections
New analysis has revealed more about the origins of the main bacterial strain involved in an increase in lethal cases. Strep A (Group A Streptococcus) is a common type of bacteria that typically causes throat infections and scarlet fever. While most infections are mild, in rare cases Strep A can cause invasive infections which can be fatal.

Environment - 09.05.2024
New method for quantifying ’invisible’ plastics in rivers
Current methods to count plastic pollution in rivers are insufficient and do not account for the fragments which sink below the surface, a team of scientists have warned. These 'invisible' plastic particles can be suspended below the water line or sink to the riverbed where they are potentially harmful to the ecology of the river.

Health - Psychology - 09.05.2024
Children sleep problems associated with psychosis in young adults
Children who experience chronic lack of sleep from infancy may be at increased risk of developing psychosis in early adulthood, new research shows. Researchers at the University of Birmingham examined information on nighttime sleep duration from a large cohort study of children aged between 6 months and 7 years old.

Health - Life Sciences - 08.05.2024
’Wraparound’ implants represent new approach to treating spinal cord injuries
A tiny, flexible electronic device that wraps around the spinal cord could represent a new approach to the treatment of spinal injuries, which can cause profound disability and paralysis. Because of recent advances in both engineering and neurosurgery, the planets have aligned and we've made major progress in this important area George Malliaras A team of engineers, neuroscientists and surgeons from the University of Cambridge developed the devices and used them to record the nerve signals going back and forth between the brain and the spinal cord.

Transport - Computer Science - 08.05.2024
Research casts new light on bike safety in the age of self-driving cars
Equipping self-driving cars with external displays which use coloured lights to communicate their next manoeuvre could help keep cyclists safe on the roads of the future, researchers say. With autonomous vehicles becoming more common, reducing active human involvement in driving in the process, researchers from the University of Glasgow have been working to investigate new ways to help self-driving cars speak the language of cyclists.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.05.2024
A third Covid vaccine dose improves defence for some clinically extremely vulnerable patients
A major clinical trial has found that an additional COVID 19 vaccine dose led to the majority of clinically extremely vulnerable people mounting defensive antibodies against Covid-19. New research published in The Lancet Rheumatology from the OCTAVE DUO research trial co-led by the University of Birmingham and University of Glasgow found that vaccine boosters led to improved antibody responses among many groups of immunocompromised and immunosuppressed patients.

Physics - Computer Science - 07.05.2024
Quantum breakthrough: World’s purest silicon brings scientists one step closer to scaling up quantum computers
More than 100 years ago, scientists at The University of Manchester changed the world when they discovered the nucleus in atoms, marking the birth of nuclear physics. Fast forward to today, and history repeats itself, this time in quantum computing.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 07.05.2024
Study charts how north Africa’s climate changed 5,000 years ago
Climate tipping points can either result from a slow but linear development, or can "flicker" between two stable climatic states that alternate before a final, permanent transition occurs, finds a new study featuring a UCL researcher. The study, published in Nature Communications , confirms this alternating transition for the end of the African Humid Period, a time between about 14,000 and 5,000 years ago when northern Africa was much wetter, as it shifted to the pronounced aridity that is typical today.

Health - 07.05.2024
Health risks of using cannabis are higher in adolescents than in adults - new study finds
Health risks of using cannabis are higher in adolescents than in adults - new study finds
Adolescents appear to be more vulnerable to cannabis use disorder than adults, and it's not because they smoke more or stronger weed. Using cannabis on a regular basis may be significantly more dangerous for adolescents than adults, with adolescents showing higher levels of cannabis use disorder and reporting greater negative impacts on daily functioning than adults, in a new study led by the University of Bath.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.05.2024
Microscopic heart vessels imaged in super-resolution for first time at Imperial
A new imaging technique tested on patients could improve the evaluation of cardiac conditions and undiagnosed chest pain. Researchers from Imperial College London's Department of Bioengineering and Faculty of Medicine worked alongside academics from UCL to produce sub-millimetre resolution images of cardiac micro-vessels.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.05.2024
New vaccine effective against coronaviruses that haven’t even emerged yet
Researchers have developed a new vaccine technology that has been shown in mice to provide protection against a broad range of coronaviruses with potential for future disease outbreaks - including ones we don't even know about Our focus is to create a vaccine that will protect us against the next coronavirus pandemic, and have it ready before the pandemic has even started.

Health - Life Sciences - 06.05.2024
Red light therapy for repairing spinal cord injury passes milestone
Red light therapy for repairing spinal cord injury passes milestone
The researchers have already received further funding and are planning to develop an implantable device for use in humans with traumatic spinal cord injury. Patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) could benefit from a future treatment to repair nerve connections using red and near-infrared light. The method, invented by scientists at the University of Birmingham and patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, involves delivering light directly to the site of the injury.

Environment - Earth Sciences - 03.05.2024
Ice shelves fracture under weight of meltwater lakes
Ice shelves fracture under weight of meltwater lakes
Heavy pooling meltwater can fracture ice, potentially leading to ice shelf collapse When air temperatures in Antarctica rise and glacier ice melts, water can pool on the surface of floating ice shelves, weighing them down and causing the ice to bend. Now, for the first time in the field, researchers have shown that ice shelves don't just buckle under the weight of meltwater lakes - they fracture.

Transport - 03.05.2024
Walking in African cities can be a miserable experience
Dr Daniel Oviedo Hernandez (UCL Bartlett Development Planning Unit) argues that walking in African cities shouldn't be a miserable experience and urges city planners to design ways to make walking easier in collaboration with citizens in The Conversation. African cities aren't welcoming places for pedestrians.

Health - 02.05.2024
More efficient ways developed to monitor patient vital signs
More efficient ways developed to monitor patient vital signs
A new study has investigated the protocols used by hospitals to check patient vital signs, aiming to provide the evidence needed to understand how often checks should be made. Investigators from the University of Portsmouth, working with the University of Southampton, have published the findings of the four year project in the Health and Social Care Delivery Research journal.

Innovation - Computer Science - 02.05.2024
Polly wants a chatter: parrots prefer live calls over pre-recorded videos
Pet parrots given the choice to video-call each other or watch pre-recorded videos of other birds will flock to the opportunity for live chats, new research shows. The study, led by animal-computer interaction specialists at the University of Glasgow, gave tablet devices to nine parrots and their owners to explore the potential of the video chats to expand the birds' social lives.

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.