Posts Tagged ‘Imperial College London’

Viral hepatitis ‘kills as many as Aids or TB’

(Media Release) Viral hepatitis is one of the leading killers across the globe, with a death toll that matches Aids or tuberculosis, research in the Lancet suggests. The report estimates that hepatitis infections and their complications led to 1.45m deaths in 2013 – despite the existence of vaccines and treatments. World Health Organization data shows […]

Is your smartphone listening to you?

(Media Release) It all began with a car crash. I was doing some ironing when my mum came in to tell me that a family friend had been killed in a road accident in Thailand. My phone was on the worktop behind me. But the next time I used the search engine on it, up […]

Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report

(Media Release) Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis has said. The UK has spent ¬£473m on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by governments globally to prepare for flu pandemics. The Cochrane Collaboration¬†claimed the drug did not prevent the spread […]

Over-65s heart death gap ‘wider’ between rich and poor

The gap in heart disease deaths for over-65s in the richest and poorest areas has widened since the 1980s, despite general improvements. An analysis by experts at Imperial College London¬†looked at rates for men and women aged 30-64 and over-65s. The research, in the International Journal of Epidemiology, is thought to be the first to […]

New ‘Sars-like’ coronavirus identified by UK officials

A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2003 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain. The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus. The […]

‘Cloaking’ a 3-D object from all angles demonstrated

Researchers have “cloaked” a three-dimensional object, making it invisible from all angles, for the first time. However, the demonstration works only for waves in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum. It uses a shell of what are known as plasmonic materials; they present a “photo negative” of the object being cloaked, effectively cancelling it […]

Addicted! Scientists show how internet dependency alters the human brain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Internet addiction has for the first time been linked with changes in the brain similar to those seen in people addicted to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis. In a groundbreaking study, researchers used MRI scanners to reveal abnormalities in the brains of adolescents who spent many hours on the internet, to the detriment […]

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