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Health - Pharmacology - 19.01.2021
RECOVERY trial closes recruitment to convalescent plasma treatment for patients hospitalised with COVID-19
The RECOVERY trial was established as a randomised clinical trial to test a range of potential treatments for COVID-19.

Health - Administration - 19.01.2021
Successive governments’ approaches to obesity policies have destined them to fail, say researchers
Government obesity policies in England over the past three decades have largely failed because of problems with implementation, lack of learning from past successes or failures, and a reliance on trying to persuade individuals to change their behaviour rather than tackling unhealthy environments.

Social Sciences - Health - 19.01.2021
WHO adopts new guidance into childhood pain informed by Bath’s Centre for Pain Research
The landmark World Health Organization publication will lead to a revolutionary shift in how paediatric pain is managed around the world.

Health - Pharmacology - 18.01.2021
Birmingham maternity experts call for urgent action on pregnancy ’drug drought’
Leaders in maternal healthcare have called for lifesaving research into pharmaceuticals for use during pregnancy in a new report highlighting the challenges of pregnancy-related complications, pre-term birth and pre-existing conditions.

Health - Life Sciences - 15.01.2021
Threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants focus of UK-wide study
Scientists at UCL will play a key role in helping understand the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, as part of a new national research project.

Life Sciences - Health - 15.01.2021
National consortium to study the threats of new SARS-CoV-2 variants
The University of Glasgow is joining a new national research project to study the effects of emerging mutations in SARS-CoV-2, which will be launched with £2.5 million of funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The 'G2P-UK' National Virology Consortium* will study how mutations in the virus affect key outcomes such as how transmissible it is, the severity of COVID-19 it causes, and the effectiveness of vaccines and treatments.

Health - Life Sciences - 13.01.2021
COVID-19: UCL academics mobilise to provide critical advice and expert comment
As coronavirus spreads around the world, UCL experts are taking a prominent role in advancing public knowledge about the virus by advising world leaders, providing expert comment in the media and urgently researching new ways of tackling COVID-19.

Health - Life Sciences - 12.01.2021

Health - 12.01.2021
Different behaviours could reduce death and health risks in regular alcohol drinkers
A large study of UK adults who consume alcohol regularly has found that different patterns of alcohol consumption - including drinking wine, consuming alcohol with food and spreading alcohol intake ov

Psychology - Health - 11.01.2021
Mindfulness can improve mental health and wellbeing - but unlikely to work for everyone
Mindfulness courses can reduce anxiety, depression and stress and increase mental wellbeing within most but not all non-clinical settings, say a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge.

Health - Life Sciences - 11.01.2021
Asymptomatic screening and genome sequencing help Cambridge understand spread of SARS-CoV-2 among its students
Since the start of the academic year in October 2020, the University of Cambridge has been offering regular†SARS-CoV-2†tests to all students living in its Colleges, even if they show no symptoms.

Health - 11.01.2021
UofG part of international research network studying causes of hypertension
The University of Glasgow has joined a large-scale European research project investigating the fundamental causes of hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Health - Event - 08.01.2021

Life Sciences - Health - 08.01.2021
COVID-19 genome sequencing project gets major upgrade
Supercomputing facilities set up to track the spread and evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic have received £1.2m in government funding to expand globally.

Health - Pharmacology - 08.01.2021
Welsh ’wellness’ tea arrives in lockdown
The first batch of a new wellness green tea blended with pure Welsh honey and scientifically identified botanicals has arrived in Wales.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.01.2021
Global experts urge everyone to talk about COVID-19 vaccines responsibly
A team of renowned scientific experts has joined forces from across the world to help fight the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines, which hold the key to beating the deadly pandemic and releasing countries from debilitating lockdown restrictions.

Health - Pharmacology - 06.01.2021
LifeArc funds COVID-19 drug screening hub at the University of Glasgow
A new COVID-19 drug screening and resistance hub will be established in Scotland, based at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR).

Health - 21.12.2020
London moves into Tier Four restrictions
London is now in the UK Government's new Tier Four (Stay at Home). These restrictions are similar to the national restrictions in November and will apply throughout the Christmas period.

Innovation - Health - 18.12.2020

Health - 18.12.2020
’Living reviews’ launched by Cardiff and Oxford in wake of COVID-19 research
In a combined effort to help COVID-19 researchers, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford have launched a series of “living reviews'. The reviews are available in the new open access journal of the Oxford University Press (OUP), Oxford Open Immunology. They will summarise literature around one topic and are a response to the speed and volume of COVID-19 immunology research published during the pandemic.

Pharmacology - Health - 17.12.2020
Opinion: Coronavirus vaccines - how will we know when life can go back to normal?
The first people have begun to receive vaccines as part of mass vaccination campaigns to immunise people against Covid-19. Excitement is building - finally, the end of the coronavirus crisis is in sight, writes Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths (UCL Epidemiology & Health). Since early December, elderly patients and health workers in 50 hospitals across the UK have been given the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.

Health - 17.12.2020
Majority feel they’re well informed on Covid-19
Almost nine in ten (85%) people rate their own knowledge about Covid-19 as 'good' or 'very good', up from 72% in March, find UCL researchers as part of the Covid-19 Social Study.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.12.2020
AI could help cut waiting times for cancer by automating mark-up of patient scans prior to radiotherapy
Doctors at Addenbrooke's†Hospital in Cambridge aim to drastically cut cancer waiting times by using artificial intelligence (AI) to automate lengthy radiotherapy preparations.

Health - Pharmacology - 16.12.2020
New Scottish study to "REACH" people with heart failure at home
REACH-HF - is an award winning cardiac rehabilitation programme which helps people living with heart failure improve their quality of life from the comfort and safety of their own homes - is being rolled out in six NHS Scotland Health Boards from this month.

Health - Social Sciences - 15.12.2020
Analysis: Covid exposed massive inequality - Britain cannot return to ’normal’
The more deprived the area, the higher the mortality rate - for all causes of death. We have to rebuild a fairer society, argues Professor Sir Michael Marmot (UCL Epidemiology & Health).

Health - Pharmacology - 15.12.2020
Vaccines must prevent infection, disease progression and transmission - in every country - to truly bring COVID-19 under control
An editorial co-authored by a member of the UK's influential SAGE committee that advises the UK Government on COVID-19, and published in Anaesthesia (a journal of the Association of Anaesthetists) sa

Health - 15.12.2020
Digital trackers for mental health not yet fit for purpose
Enormous potential of digital medicine must not mean flaws are overlooked Last updated on Thursday 17 December 2020 Digital tracking of people with mental health conditions has the power to transform medical diagnostics and treatment, but its claims need careful scrutiny, says an expert in digital analytics from the University of Bath.

Health - Earth Sciences - 15.12.2020
Opinion: How England’s complicated political geography is confusing coronavirus rules
The UK's geographical units were designed by different bodies for different purposes, meaning splitting the country into areas in order to apply different Covid-19 restrictions isn't as straightforward as it initially seems, explains Professor James Cheshire (UCL Geography).

Environment - Health - 14.12.2020
Opinion: How can we avoid a ’dirty’ recovery from Covid-19?
A transition to a post-carbon global economy will inevitably be highly disruptive and steps must be taken to ensure it doesn't disproportionately affect disadvantaged communities, say Research Assistant Julia Kreienkamp and Dr Tom Pegram (both UCL Global Governance Institute).

Health - Pharmacology - 11.12.2020
No deal Brexit could have detrimental impact for four million people in UK living with a rare disease
Experts have warned that a 'no deal' Brexit will result in the exclusion of the UK from the 24 European Reference Networks (ERNs) that were established to improve the care of patients bearing the lifelong burden of a rare disease, which require highly specialised diagnosis and treatment.

Social Sciences - Health - 11.12.2020
International partnerships research global impact of Covid-19
A funding call that supports research into Covid-19 and its impact on some of the world's most disadvantaged people has awarded grants to 20 projects.

Social Sciences - Health - 10.12.2020
Increased risk of domestic violence over Christmas
Domestic violence and health experts from the University of Bristol are urging men in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gwent (South Wales) to get in touch if they are worried about being abusive or controlling in their relationships with women.

Health - Social Sciences - 10.12.2020
Paediatric cancer patients at no greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection
Results from the first national study of children with cancer who test positive from COVID-19 has found that these patients do not appear to be at any increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection compared to healthy children. Led by the University of Birmingham, the study analysed the severity of COVID-19 infection in children with cancer.

Health - 09.12.2020
Don’t let guard down on germ defence at home for Christmas, urge researchers
Behavioural psychologists behind the app Germ Defence are reminding people of the simple things we can do at home to help reduce infection spread at Christmas.
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