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Unhealthy diet during pregnancy could be linked to ADHD

Unhealthy diet during pregnancy could be linked to ADHD

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New research led by scientists from King's College London and the University of Bristol has found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet during pregnancy may be linked to symptoms of ADHD in children who show conduct problems early in life. Published today in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, this study is the first to indicate that epigenetic changes evident at birth may explain the link between unhealthy diet, conduct problems and ADHD.
Can't stand the heat? Study reveals how we work out if we're too hot

Can't stand the heat? Study reveals how we work out if we're too hot

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With temperatures soaring across the UK, our ability to detect and avoid places that are too warm is vital for regulating our body temperature. However, until now, little was known about the molecular mechanisms responsible for detecting warmth in the sensory neurons of our skin. A new King's College London study, published today in Nature, reveals that a gene called TRPM2 initiates a 'warm' signal in mice that drives them to seek cooler environments. When this gene is removed, the mice are unable to distinguish between cool and warm temperatures.
Study casts doubt on claim that people are over-optimistic

Study casts doubt on claim that people are over-optimistic

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A new study by King's College London, UCL and Birkbeck, University of London, casts doubt over claims that people are inherently over-optimistic or 'optimistically biased' about the future. For many decades scientists have believed that people have an 'irrational optimism bias' - a tendency to underestimate their chances of negative experiences, while overestimating their chances of positive events.
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Research Showcase: Innovation and exploration in clinical psychology

Research Showcase: Innovation and exploration in clinical psychology

Date
23 Sep 2016
Location
WEC, Weston Education Centre, Wolfson Lecture Theatre
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The conference will consist of a series of five-minute presentations focusing on innovation and exploration in clinical psychology, presented by final year students on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.
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