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Published: 2017-12-16T19:41:28Z


UCL research leads to haemophilia gene therapy success


UCL research is behind the first successful gene therapy trial to treat haemophilia A, the most common type of the disease.

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Gene mutation causes low sensitivity to pain


A UCL-led research team has identified a rare mutation that causes one family to have unusually low sensitivity to pain.

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Government policies fail to reduce school segregation


Rich and poor children continue to go to different schools in many countries despite government efforts to encourage them to learn together and reduce the achievement gap, according to new research from UCL.

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Drug lowers deadly Huntington’s disease protein


The first drug targeting the cause of Huntington’s disease was safe and well-tolerated in its first human trial led by UCL scientists. It successfully lowered the level of the harmful huntingtin protein in the nervous system.

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UCL receives £3.8m for internationally-recognised healthcare research centre


A UCL-led interdisciplinary research consortium, i-sense 'IRC Next Steps', has been allocated more than £3.8m in government funding for pioneering developments of agile early warning sensing systems for infectious disease and antimicrobial resistance.

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Venezuelan rock art mapped in unprecedented detail


Rock engravings located in Western Venezuela – including some of the largest recorded anywhere in the world – have been mapped in unprecedented detail by UCL researchers.

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Higher education linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s in gene study


Higher educational attainment is associated with a “significantly lower” chance of people suffering Alzheimer’s, according to the biggest genetic study into the potential causes of the disease reported today in the BMJ.

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Massive primordial galaxies found nestling in vast halo of dark matter


Two giant galaxies seen when the universe was only 780 million years old, or about 5% of its current age, have been identified by an international team involving UCL scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

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Psychosis incidence highly variable internationally


Rates of psychosis can be close to eight times higher in some regions compared to others, finds a new study led by researchers at UCL, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge.

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Storytellers promoted co-operation among hunter-gatherers before advent of religion


Storytelling promoted co-operation in hunter-gatherers prior to the advent of organised religion, a new UCL study reveals.

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Children with mental health problems more likely to be out of work by 55


Physical and mental illness at younger ages can have a significant impact on people’s prospects of being in employment in later life, according to two reports from the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and the renEWL research team based at UCL.

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Individual choices, not family influence teenagers’ non-alcoholic drink preference


Adolescents’ non-alcoholic drinks preferences are strongly influenced by their own individual circumstances and lifestyle choices, but not by their families and home environment, according to a new UCL study.

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Rising levels of HIV drug resistance


HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to a new study led by researchers at UCL and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Ultrasound imaging needle to transform heart surgery


Heart tissue can be imaged in real-time during keyhole procedures using a new optical ultrasound needle developed by researchers at UCL and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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Behaviour not indicative of pain in stressed babies


In stressed newborn babies, behaviour alone is not a reliable way of assessing pain, according to new UCL and UCLH research.

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Lifespan prolonged by inhibiting common enzyme


The lifespans of flies and worms are prolonged by limiting the activity of an enzyme common to all animals, finds a UCL-led study.

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Marriage may help stave off dementia


Marriage may lower the risk of developing dementia, concludes a UCL-led synthesis of the available evidence published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

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Avatar therapy to reduce auditory hallucinations for people with schizophrenia


An experimental therapy which involves a face-to-face discussion between a person with schizophrenia and an avatar representing their auditory hallucination may help reduce symptoms, when provided alongside usual treatment, according to a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.

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Gastric acid suppressant lansoprazole may target tuberculosis


A cheap and widely used drug, used to treat conditions such as heartburn, gastritis and ulcers, could work against the bacteria that cause tuberculosis (TB), according to new research from UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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The secrets of the "ideal" open plan office revealed


What makes the ideal open-plan office? Researchers at UCL have used data analysis, video observation and surveys to study how we interact at work and come up with an answer.

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Simple test predicts diabetes remission following weight loss surgery


A new simple test that helps predicts which people with type 2 diabetes will benefit most from weight loss surgery has been developed by a UCL-led team.

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Young people have more varied sex lives than their parents


Young people today are taking part in a wider range of sexual practices with opposite-sex partners compared to 20 years ago, according to new analysis by UCL and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Foodbank users report benefit delays, adverse life events


A new UCL study surveyed who uses food banks in London, and for what reasons.

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Austerity linked to 120,000 extra deaths in England


Health and social care spending cuts since 2010 are linked to nearly 120,000 excess deaths in England, with the over 60s and care home residents most affected, finds new UCL research.

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Teenage depression linked to father’s depression


Adolescents whose fathers have depressive symptoms are more likely to experience symptoms of depression themselves, finds a new study led by UCL researchers.

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