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Light exercise may lower death risk in older men

Clocking up just a few minutes at a time of any level of physical activity, including of light intensity, is linked to a lower risk of death in older men, suggests UCL-led research.

Published: Feb 20, 2018 2:22:21 PM

Building a nano-scale filter using DNA

Inspired by biological filters, scientists at UCL, Imperial College London and Yale University have designed and built a nanometre-sized pore that helps us to better understand the complex way by which cells transport genetic material and viruses.

Published: Feb 19, 2018 2:18:53 PM

NHS breast cancer patients to benefit from go ahead for UCL-pioneered treatment

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given limited approval for suitable NHS patients to receive a new type of breast cancer treatment pioneered by clinical scientists at UCL, which will eventually benefit thousands of women and is already in use in many countries throughout the world.

Published: Feb 16, 2018 7:04:22 AM

UCL gifted £1m for major research project on rare cancer

A UK wide research network for osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer primarily affecting teenagers and young adults, is to be set up by UCL thanks to a generous gift of £1m from The Tom Prince Cancer Trust.  

Published: Feb 15, 2018 4:54:00 PM

UCL cancer trials to get £9m funding boost

Cancer Research UK is planning to invest nearly £9m over the next five years into research at the Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre.

Published: Feb 15, 2018 2:53:37 PM

Amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

Amyloid beta pathology – protein deposits in the brain – might have been transmitted by contaminated neurosurgical instruments, suggests a new UCL-led study.

Published: Feb 15, 2018 2:01:00 PM

Tissue mechanics essential for cell movement

Cells that form facial features need surrounding embryonic tissues to stiffen so they can move and develop, according to new UCL-led research.

Published: Feb 14, 2018 8:33:20 PM

North-south divide revealed as prescription of opioid drugs rise

The prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they can cause complications and adverse effects and have not been proven to work for chronic pain, finds a new study led by UCL and UCLH.

Published: Feb 13, 2018 8:32:39 AM

Visual cues amplify sound

Looking at someone's lips is good for listening in noisy environments because it helps our brains amplify the sounds we’re hearing in time with what we're seeing, finds a new UCL-led study.

Published: Feb 12, 2018 1:05:46 PM

Face of first Brit revealed

The face of ‘Cheddar Man’, Britain’s oldest nearly complete skeleton at 10,000 years old, is revealed for the first time and with unprecedented accuracy by UCL and Natural History Museum researchers.

Published: Feb 7, 2018 6:52:42 AM

New alien species invasions still rising globally

Up to 16% of all species on Earth could qualify as potential alien species and if they invade new regions, impacts will be difficult to predict, according to new research involving UCL.

Published: Feb 6, 2018 9:41:11 AM

When did flowers originate?

Flowering plants likely originated between 149 and 256 million years ago according to new UCL-led research.

Published: Feb 5, 2018 10:23:10 AM

Green energy blueprint for cutting UK electricity prices

A blueprint to cut UK electricity prices to bring them into line with competitor countries such as Germany and France as we move to low-carbon power generation has been proposed by UCL researchers.

Published: Feb 5, 2018 7:31:13 AM

UCL secures key role in ESA mission concept to monitor space weather

A new European Space Agency (ESA) mission concept to help reduce the global risk of damage caused by space weather will be worked on by teams from across the UK with UCL playing a pivotal role in developing instruments on board the spacecraft.

Published: Feb 2, 2018 4:37:26 PM

Racism linked to uptake of smoking in young people

Adolescents who have experienced some form of racism between the ages of 11 and 23 are more likely to take up smoking than those who have not, according to a new study led by King’s College London involving UCL. 

Published: Jan 25, 2018 4:14:56 PM

Synthetic ‘virus’ to kill bacteria

A synthetic ‘virus’ that kills bacteria on first contact has been developed by UCL and National Physical Laboratory researchers (NPL).

Published: Jan 24, 2018 10:50:47 AM