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Published: 2018-03-19T09:06:36Z


Few global health organisations promote gender equality


Only a select group of the world’s top global health organisations have placed gender equality at the centre of their operations, according to a new report involving UCL researchers. 

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Major new global urban health project to reduce inequalities launches


A major new research partnership, led by UCL and Imperial College London, to understand how we can transform cities around the world to support healthier lives, whilst also protecting the planet, has been set up with a £10m grant from Wellcome.

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Top New Year Honours for UCL academics and alumni


Four UCL academics and five alumni have been awarded honours in the New Year’s Honours including a knighthood and a dame.

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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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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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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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Worldwide campaign on abortion raises $300m, UCL Lancet lecture told


The Dutch MP leading the worldwide campaign against Donald Trump’s funding ban on abortion advice revealed at the UCL Lancet lecture last night that it has so far raised $300m including up to $100m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an anonymous US donor.

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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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Treasury eyes UCL graduate’s road charging scheme as he returns for celebration


Gergely Raccuja, the UCL graduate who won the £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize with his road-charging scheme, returned to UCL for a celebratory lecture and dinner.

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Society's excluded people ten times more likely to die early


People excluded from mainstream society in high-income countries have a tenfold increased risk of early death, according to research from UCL, homeless health charity Pathway and an international team of experts.

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UCL and PKU draw up roadmap to tackle global challenges


UCL and Peking University (PKU) have extended their partnership by agreeing a new roadmap to tackle issues including creating a blueprint for sustainable cities, teaching Mandarin in English schools and reducing the occurrence of spina bifada, one of the world’s most common birth defects.

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Streptococcus vaccine 'could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide'


Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year.

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Climate change already damaging health of millions globally


UCL researchers have contributed to a report showing that climate change is already a significant public health issue and a looming global health emergency. 

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Mayor launches T-charge for “dirtiest” polluting vehicles during UCL nursery visit


Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor, marked the start of his T-charge on vehicles to combat city pollution by visiting UCL’s nursery in Bloomsbury.

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Gentle touch soothes the pain of social rejection


The gentle touch of another individual soothes the effects of social exclusion, one of the most emotionally painful human experiences, according to new UCL research.

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National roll-out of PrEP HIV prevention drug would be cost-effective


Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medication to men who have sex with men who are at high risk of HIV infection (equivalent to less than 5% of men who have sex with men at any point in time) in England would be cost-effective, and could help to prevent up to one in four cases of HIV, according to UCL research. 

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Major rethink needed on stem cells and regenerative medicine


UCL researchers are leading a call for a coordinated strategy to reform the management of scientific discoveries and clinical experimentation involving stem cells and regenerative medicine.

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UCL professor and director of new institute wins top economics prize


UCL professor Mariana Mazzucato has been awarded one of the world’s top economics prizes for her groundbreaking work on the role of governments in innovation.

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Programme of research and education launched in Lebanon


Academics from UCL today joined the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Saad Hariri, to launch a new Centre for research and learning, focused on growth and prosperity in Lebanon.

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Communication and emotional closeness linked to fewer low sexual interest problems


British women living with a partner are more than twice as likely to lack interest in sex compared to men living with a partner, according to a new study published in the BMJ Open.

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Hopes for deal on EU research rise as Provost mounts Brussels mission


Hopes for continued close research links between the UK and the EU after Brexit have risen after a top EU commissioner declared that securing a deal on it is “a no brainer”.

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Low-cost drugs package saves lives of people starting HIV treatment late


Treating people who start HIV treatment late with a package of low-cost drugs to prevent serious infections saves three lives for every 100 people treated, according to the findings of a trial led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Trials Unit at UCL.

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UCL community recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours


A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. 

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Type 2 diabetes genetic mapping identifies new ‘loci’


Scientists are closer to understanding the genetic causes of type 2 diabetes by identifying 111 new chromosome locations (‘loci’) on the human genome that indicate susceptibility to the disease, according to a UCL-led study in collaboration with Imperial College London.

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