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Life Sciences - Health - 16.11.2023
Hunger hormones impact decision-making brain area to drive behaviour
Hunger hormones impact decision-making brain area to drive behaviour
A hunger hormone produced in the gut can directly impact a decision-making part of the brain in order to drive an animal's behaviour, finds a new study by UCL researchers. The study in mice, published in Neuron , is the first to show how hunger hormones can directly impact activity of the brain's hippocampus when an animal is considering food.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.11.2023
First effective treatment to prevent multidrug-resistant TB
First effective treatment to prevent multidrug-resistant TB
An oral antibiotic taken once daily for six months can substantially reduce the risk of developing multidrug-resistant (MDR) tuberculosis (TB) in both children and adults, according to two landmark clinical trials involving UCL researchers. The results were announced at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in Paris.

Health - Psychology - 15.11.2023
Mental health declines when becoming an unpaid carer
Becoming an unpaid carer for family and friends negatively affects the mental health of people of all ages and genders, finds a new study by researchers at UCL and St George's, University of London. The research, published in The Lancet Public Health , used data from more than 17,000 people in the UK Household Longitudinal Study between 2009 and 2020 to investigate mental and physical health changes around the transition to becoming a caregiver for the first time in adults aged 16 and older.

Environment - Health - 15.11.2023
New global projections highlight 'enormous human cost' to climate inaction
New global projections highlight ’enormous human cost’ to climate inaction
Delayed action on climate change is costing lives and livelihoods, with people exposed to dangerously high temperatures and predictions of a 4.7-fold increase in heat related deaths by mid-century, finds the latest Lancet Countdown report led by UCL researchers. The 2023 Report of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change delivers a concerning health stocktake, with new global projections revealing the grave and mounting threat to human health as a result of climate inaction.

Health - Career - 14.11.2023
Nurses’ professional judgement not utilised in strategic decision making
Nurses' voices and professional judgement is not being utilised in strategic decision making potentially causing dissatisfaction among staff and a lack of high quality patient care, according to new research led by Cardiff Univeristy. The study, known as Pro-Judge, was funded by the RCN Foundation and looked at how nurses use professional judgement in making decisions about organising the nursing workforce to meet patient needs.

Health - Life Sciences - 14.11.2023
Exercise at consistent times could help re-align your body clocks for better skeletal health and performance, scientists suggest
Consistent daily patterns of exercise and rest can synchronise the local body clocks associated with joints and spine with the brain clock, potentially helping individuals to maintain skeletal health, improve athletic performance and avoid injury, research by University of Manchester scientists has argued.

Health - Pharmacology - 13.11.2023
Heart attack risk decreased in new mothers by self-monitoring blood pressure at home
Self-monitoring blood pressure after giving birth could help to cut new mothers' risk of future heart disease and strokes, according to new research by Oxford researchers. The study, funded by the BHF and supported by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) , could be the first step towards blood pressure self-monitoring becoming routinely recommended for women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy, to prevent future health problems.

Social Sciences - Health - 13.11.2023
Support available for older people experiencing high levels of food poverty in B&NES
Support available for older people experiencing high levels of food poverty in B&NES
University of Bath psychology research from Dr Leda Blackwood and Rebecca Hurwitz reveals high levels of food insecurity for older people on low incomes. Published on Monday 13 November 2023 Last updated on Monday 13 November 2023 New research commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council has revealed high levels of food insecurity for older people who are on low incomes.

Pharmacology - Health - 11.11.2023
Heart stents may offer alternative to chest pain medication for angina patients
Heart stents may offer alternative to chest pain medication for angina patients
Some patients with chest pain from reduced blood flow to the heart may benefit from having a stent implanted, instead of chest pain medications. These are the findings of a study, led by researchers at Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which evaluated the impact of stents on reducing pain in patients with angina.

Health - Life Sciences - 10.11.2023
Bendy X-rays and DMT infusions: News from Imperial
Bendy X-rays and DMT infusions: News from Imperial
Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial. From bendy X-rays that could one day improve airport scans and cancer detection, to a psychedelic substance that could treat mental health disorders, here is some quick-read news from across Imperial. Bendy X-ray detectors New materials developed at the University of Surrey involving Imperial College London researchers could pave the way for a new generation of flexible X-ray detectors, with potential applications ranging from cancer treatment to better airport scanners.

Health - 10.11.2023
Any activity is better for your heart than sitting
Replacing sitting with as little as a few minutes of moderate exercise a day tangibly improves heart health, according to new research from UCL and the University of Sydney. The study, supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in the European Heart Journal , is the first to assess how different movement patterns throughout the 24-hour day are linked to heart health.

Life Sciences - Health - 10.11.2023
Scientists take huge step towards making world's first synthetic yeast genome
Scientists take huge step towards making world’s first synthetic yeast genome
A UK-based team from Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham have produced a synthetic chromosome for a yeast cell. A team of scientists, led by Professor Tom Ellis of Imperial College London and Dr Ben Blount from the University of Nottingham , have built a synthetic version of yeast's Chromosome XI.

Health - 10.11.2023
People who lack social connection have a higher risk of mortality
Lacking two types of social connection - infrequent social contacts, combined with feelings of isolation - may contribute to a higher risk of death, according to a new study Lacking two types of social connection - infrequent social contacts, combined with feelings of isolation - may contribute to a higher risk of death, according to a new study.

Mathematics - Health - 08.11.2023
Mathematicians ’thread the needle’ to improve IVF success rates
Mathematicians are using their expertise to improve IVF success rates, according to a new study. A team of researchers have redesigned the needle used in IVF procedures, helping to increase the likelihood of having a baby through this treatment. The study, published in the Journal of Biomechanics, is a culmination of five years research into fertility.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.11.2023
Artificial bladders shine light on bugs that cause urinary tract infections
Artificial bladders shine light on bugs that cause urinary tract infections
A new study led by UCL researchers reveals that numerous bacterial strains are capable of hiding in the human bladder wall, suggesting why urinary tract infections often persist after treatment. The research, published today in Science Advances , is the first to use a sophisticated human tissue model to explore the interaction between host and pathogen for six common species that cause urinary tract infections.

Health - 07.11.2023
Simple womb cancer test could reduce need for invasive diagnostic procedures
Simple womb cancer test could reduce need for invasive diagnostic procedures
A new test to detect womb cancer could prevent 87% of women who do not have cancer from needing invasive diagnostic procedures, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL and the University of Innsbruck. The test, called WID-qEC, could simplify and speed up the pathway to a diagnosis of womb cancer or ruling the condition out as a cause of symptoms.

Health - 07.11.2023
First global gambling review highlights substantial lack of commitment to addressing gambling harms
Globally, governments are still not doing enough to address the health and wellbeing harms from gambling, according to a world first review led by researchers the University of Glasgow. Globally, governments are still not doing enough to address the health and wellbeing harms from gambling, according to a world first review led by the University of Glasgow.

Health - 07.11.2023
Doctors’ communication style can boost patients’ weight loss success, first of its kind study from Oxford finds
How doctors communicate with patients with obesity can have a significant impact on their weight loss success, according to a new University of Oxford study published in Annals of Internal Medicine . This pioneering study dives into uncharted waters by investigating not just that words matter, but how they matter over the short and long-term in a medical context.

Health - 06.11.2023
Why our bodies fight flu better than cancer
University of Glasgow Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute have discovered why the immune system is better at fighting flu than fighting cancer University of Glasgow Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Scotland Institute have discovered why the immune system is better at fighting flu than fighting cancer.

Health - Psychology - 03.11.2023
Ethnic minority groups less likely to receive early psychosis treatments
Ethnic minority groups less likely to receive early psychosis treatments
People experiencing a psychotic episode for the first time are less likely to receive early psychological interventions in England if they are from an ethnic minority background, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. Some groups were only half as likely to receive early treatment, which is important for improving outcomes later in life for people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, according to the findings published in Psychiatry Research and led by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Mental Health Policy Research Unit at UCL.
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