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2014-08-06 10:40:30

Bex Caygill, University College London The happiness of over 18,000 people worldwide has been predicted by a mathematical equation developed by researchers at UCL, with results showing that moment-to-moment happiness reflects not just how well things are going, but whether things are going better than expected. The new equation accurately predicts exactly how happy people will say they are from moment to moment based on recent events, such as the rewards they receive and the...

obesity and exercise
2014-07-29 03:30:00

Diabetologia New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that both higher levels of physical activity and lower levels of sitting in leisure time may be required to substantially reduce the risk of obesity. The research is by Joshua Bell and colleagues, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL (University College London), UK. Physical activity and sitting time (or 'sedentariness') are two common...

Labeling People With Pre-diabetes Is Unhelpful And Unnecessary
2014-07-15 03:31:56

University College London Labeling people with moderately high blood sugar as pre-diabetic is a drastically premature measure with no medical value and huge financial and social costs, say researchers from UCL and the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota. The analysis, published in the BMJ, considered whether a diagnosis of pre-diabetes carried any health benefits such as improved diabetes prevention. The authors showed that treatments to reduce blood sugar only delayed the onset of type 2 diabetes...

Stopping Spread Of Cancer By Blocking Cells' Movement
2014-07-07 03:13:10

University College London Insights into how cells move through the body could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumors, according to new UCL research. Scientists discovered that cells can change into an invasive, liquid-like state to readily navigate the narrow channels in our body. This transformation is triggered by chemical signals, which could be blocked in order to stop cancer cells from spreading. Most cancer deaths are not...

2014-06-18 12:37:20

LONDON, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Pharma Leader Series: Top 25 Ophthalmic Drug Manufacturers 2014-2024http://www.reportbuyer.com/pharma_healthcare/therapeutic/pharma_leader_series_top_25_ophthalmic_drug_manufacturers_2014_2024.html Report DetailsNew study shows you commercial prospects for leading eye drug producersWhat does the future hold for top companies in the pharma ophthalmics industry? Visiongain's brand new report...

2014-05-29 10:40:27

University College London London's international fish trade can be traced back 800 years to the medieval period, according to new research published today in the journal Antiquity. The research, led by archaeologists from UCL, Cambridge and UCLan, provides new insight into the medieval fish trade and the globalisation of London's food supply. Archaeologists analysed data from nearly 3,000 cod bones found in 95 different excavations in and around London. They identified a sudden...

2014-05-28 20:20:50

LONDON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Imperial Innovations Group plc (AIM:IVO, 'Innovations'), the leading technology commercialisation and investment company and S.R.One Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline's venture captial fund, announce today that they have led, alongside co-investor UCL Business PLC (UCLB), an GBP850,000 seed financing for Puridify, a newly formed company providing purification solutions for biotherapeutic manufacturing. Puridify's technology was developed in the...

2014-05-08 09:33:20

"What a curious feeling," says Alice in Lewis Carroll's tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behavior we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. In research published today in the journal Nature Communications, UCL scientists have made a startling discovery about a familiar...

2014-03-28 13:36:21

Disadvantaged children attending early childhood development programs have significantly improved health as adults Disadvantaged children who attend high-quality early childhood development programs including healthcare and nutrition have significantly improved health as adults, reports a new study. The study was led by researchers from UCL (University College London), the University of Chicago and the University of North Carolina. These findings build upon existing evidence that...

2014-03-26 16:19:50

Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries Long-term brain damage caused by stroke could be reduced by saving cells called pericytes that control blood flow in capillaries, reports a new study led by scientists from UCL (University College London). Until now, many scientists believed that blood flow within the brain was solely controlled by changes in the diameter of arterioles, blood vessels that...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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